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.ESM File Extension

File Type 1Elder Scrolls Master File

DeveloperBethesda Softworks
Popularity
4.2 (9 Votes)
CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is an ESM file?

Game data file used by The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim single-player role-playing games; contains various kinds of data, including 3D meshes, textures, video, music, sound, and game menu data.

More Information

The primary data file referenced by The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is named Oblivion and is located in the \Oblivion\Data folder. Custom ESM files can be viewed and edited using the Creation Kit or The Elder Scrolls Construction Set (TESCS).

NOTE: While ESM files are sometimes modified to create custom game mods, you can also use the .ESP format for adding game plugins.

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Programs that open ESM files
Updated 8/29/2012

File Type 2Fallout 3 Master File

DeveloperBethesda Softworks
Popularity
3.0 (3 Votes)
CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

.ESM File Association 2

Game data file used by the Fallout 3, a single-player post-nuclear fallout role-playing game; contains core data that is loaded when the game is run; includes maps, object data, object placement locations, character dialogue, gameplay settings, AI settings, and other information.

More Information

ESM files are not meant to be edited, but may be modded using a tool like The Garden of Eden Creation Kit (GECK). By altering files, such as the Fallout3.esm file included with Fallout 3, players can modify the gameplay.

NOTE: While ESM files are sometimes altered to create custom game mods, the .ESP format can be used for plugins.

Programs that open ESM files
Windows
Bethesda Softworks Fallout 3
Bethesda Softworks GECK
Updated 5/8/2012

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