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Opening mpq files

Have a problem opening a .mpq file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what mpq files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .MPQ file type?

The .mpq filename extension stands for the MPQ Resource Archive (.mpq) file type, with reference to the MPQ (Mo'PaQ, Mike O'Brien Pack) proprietary container format invented by Mike O'Brien for storing game data. Since Diablo, MPQ has been used in many games published by Blizzard Entertainment, including Diablo II, StarCraft, WarCraft II and III, World of WarCraft (WoW), StarCraft II.

The .mpq file is a large binary resource container for level maps, character and item models, music, video, etc. Inside the archive, data is both encrypted and compressed. In addition to the traditional PKZIP, other compression algorithms (Zlib, Bzip2, LZMA) were gradually introduced.

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Software to open or convert MPQ files

You can open mpq files with the following programs: