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What are WAD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a WAD file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a WAD file?

WAD files have multiple uses, and DoomRL WAD Resource is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

DoomRL WAD Resource

Files that contain the .wad file extension are most commonly associated with compressed archive files that are used by a variety of computer gaming applications.

WAD files contain archive files of the game data that is used by the associated video game. This data can include information such as player levels, game maps, graphics, textures, and other game details that enhance a user's gaming experience.

Popular computer games that are known to use the WAD file archive format include Half Life, Quake, Doom, Hexen and Heretic.

In some cases, experienced gamers will modify or create customized WAD files to create "mods" or added features for the games they play.

How to open WAD files

We have identified two WAD openers that are compatible with this specific type of WAD file.

Programs that open DoomRL WAD Resource files


Last updated: February 24, 2023

All known file formats using extension .WAD

While DoomRL WAD Resource is a popular type of WAD-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .WAD file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Doom 2D Forever WAD Archive

We know that one WAD format is Doom 2D Forever WAD Archive. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

WAD opener for Windows

We have identified one WAD opener that is compatible with this specific type of WAD file.


Nintendo Wii Data

We know that one WAD format is Nintendo Wii Data. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different WAD openers which you will find listed below.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of WAD files. Remember, different programs may use WAD files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

SkulltagSkulltagUser submitted
ZandronumZandronumUser submitted
FlowTrackerFlowTrackerUser submitted
BG-BAU-WegweiserBG-BAU-WegweiserUser submitted
Dragon UnPACKerDragon UnPACKerUser submitted
ZipZag ArchiverZipZag ArchiverUser submitted
GZDoomGZDoomUser submitted
DolphinDolphinUser submitted
QuickZipQuickZipUser submitted
WBFS ManagerWBFS ManagerUser submitted

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