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.GCF File Extension

File TypeGame Cache File

DeveloperValve
Popularity
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CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

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

What is a GCF file?

Cache file used by Valve's Steam game distribution software; contains a virtual file system that may include file fragments, metadata, checksums and other game information; used for storing downloaded games and game updates from the Valve distribution service.

More Information

GCF was initially short for "Grid Cache File," but now stands for "Game Cache File." It is the format used for storing official Steam-integrated games and for downloading official content. GCF files are not meant to be manually altered by the user.

NOTE: Valve released the Mac version of Steam in May 2010.

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Programs that open GCF files
Windows
Valve Steam
GCFScape
GCFExplorer
Mac
Valve Steam
GridMount
Updated 5/21/2010

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