.GCF File Extension

.GCF File Extension

File Type

Game Cache File

Developer Valve
Popularity
3.3  |  19 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

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

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Updated December 20, 2018

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