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.PK3 File Extension

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File Type 1Quake 3 Engine Game Data File

DeveloperId Software
Popularity
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Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryGame Files
FormatZip

Zip

This file is saved in a zipped format. You can view the contents by unzipping it with a file decompression program.

Definition

Compressed game data file used by games based on the Quake III engine (id Tech 3), which was developed by id Software; may contain maps, textures, audio clips, or other data used for gameplay; can be modified to create custom game content.

More Information

PK3 files are similar to .PAK game data files, but are based on a newer format. Since PK3 files are compressed using Zip compression, they can be renamed with a .ZIP file extension and extracted using a file decompression program such as Corel WinZip or PKWARE PKZIP.

Quake III PK3 files should be saved in one of the following directories: quake3/q3ut3, quake3/baseq3, or quake3arena/q3ut3.

NOTE: Examples of games that were developed using the id Tech 3 engine include Quake III Arena, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and Call of Duty Classic.

Programs that open PK3 files
Windows
id Software Quake 3
QuArK
PakScape
Corel WinZip 20
7-Zip
Updated 7/16/2014

File Type 2ZDoom Package

DeveloperZDoom
Popularity
3.5 (8 Votes) Thanks for voting!
Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryGame Files
FormatZip

Zip

This file is saved in a zipped format. You can view the contents by unzipping it with a file decompression program.

Definition

Data file used by ZDoom, an application used for running older games such as Doom, Heretic, and Hexen; saved in a compressed .ZIP format and contains graphics, sounds, maps, and other data; used as an alternative to the .WAD format for packaging game data.

Programs that open PK3 files
Windows
ZDoom
GZDoom
Skulltag
Mac
Skulltag
Linux
Skulltag
Updated 6/17/2014

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