.MAP File Extension

.MAP File Extension

File Type 1

Quake Engine Map File

Developer id Software
Popularity
4.0  |  170 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Text

What is a MAP file?

A MAP file is a game map created for games developed with one of the Quake engines. It is saved in a human-readable text-based format. MAP files are uncompiled but can be compiled into a .BSP binary map file for use in games such as Half-Life, Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3.

More Information

MAP files can be built using several map editors, including Valve Hammer Editor, which also compiles the map into the target BSP format. Another popular tool that uses MAP files is TorquePowered.com's Torque Constructor, which can transform maps into the .DIF format for development. The resulting map files are used for Torque games, which target PC, mobile, and console platforms.

Many game engines use the MAP format, including the Quake engines, Torque Engine, Goldsource Engine, Dark Engine, and Unreal Engine.

NOTE: Valve Hammer Editor 4, which is used for Half-Life, saves map files in the newer .VMF format. The program was previously called "Worldcraft," but is now commonly referred to as "Hammer."

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Programs that open MAP files

Updated August 18, 2016
File Type 2

Halo Map File

Developer Bungie Studios
Popularity
3.6  |  52 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a MAP file?

Game map used by Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game of the Halo first-person shooter series; also used by Halo: Custom Edition, an unsupported expansion to Halo: Combat Evolved; saves a game map and can include terrain, objects, spawn points, and other level information.

More Information

Some Halo maps can be edited with Halo Map Tools.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Bungie Halo: Combat Evolved
Mac
Bungie Halo: Combat Evolved
Updated March 5, 2012
File Type 3

Fallout Map File

Developer Bethesda Softworks
Popularity
3.0  |  32 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a MAP file?

File used by Fallout 1 and 2, which are post-apocalyptic, futuristic role-playing video games; contains map data that describes the gameplay environment including grid boundaries, walls, scenery, animals, and objects.

More Information

The MAP file is made up of 5 sections:

  1. The MAP file header.
  2. The global and local variables used by the map scripts.
  3. The tile data that makes up the roof and floor.
  4. The MAP scripts that store information about scripts connected to the objects in the map.
  5. The MAP objects, which hold the walls, item, scenery, etc. that appear in the map.

Programs that open MAP files

Updated August 5, 2014
File Type 4

Image Map

Developer N/A
Popularity
2.6  |  26 Votes
Category Web Files
Format N/A

What is a MAP file?

Server-side text file that defines areas of a Web page image that link to different locations; allows users to click on different parts of an image to open different pages.

More Information

MAP files are referenced by an .HTML Web page, but processed by the Web server.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
View in a Web browser
Edit with a text editor
Mac
View in a Web browser
Edit with a text editor
Updated March 29, 2010
File Type 5

Furcadia Dream File

Developer Furcadia
Popularity
2.6  |  25 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a MAP file?

Game map, referred to as a "Dream," used by Furcadia, a 2D multiplayer online game set in a fantasy world; saves the map width, height, effects such as rain, and objects such as trees, walls, buildings, and magical plants.

More Information

MAP files can be edited using the Furcadia Dream Editor (DreamEd.exe), which is included with the Furcadia installation. Custom maps can be used for playing with others online.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Updated August 27, 2012
File Type 6

Leges Motus Map File

Developer Leges Motus
Popularity
2.4  |  23 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Text

What is a MAP file?

Game map used by Leges Motus, a 2D multiplayer shooting game set zero gravity; stores the layout for the map, including spawn points, walls, and the locations of map objects and corresponding sprites; located in the \data\maps\ directory of the game installation.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Mac
Linux
Updated February 4, 2013
File Type 7

Weather Defender Map

Developer SWIFT Weather
Popularity
2.3  |  22 Votes
Category Data Files
Format N/A

What is a MAP file?

Weather map format used by Weather Defender, a weather monitoring system designed specifically for Emergency Management Professionals and First Responders; may contain custom geographic and reference layers.

More Information

Weather Defender maps can be saved to store custom configurations for forecasting severe weather. These maps can be quickly loaded to view custom weather forecasts.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
SWIFT Weather Defender
Updated April 13, 2009
File Type 9

TECkit Mapping File

Developer SIL International
Popularity
2.1  |  21 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format Text

What is a MAP file?

Text mapping file used by TECkit, a program used for text conversion; saved in a plain text format and contains rules that map from one character set to another; compiled into a .TEC file, which can be used to perform the conversion.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Free
Mac
Free
Linux
Free
Updated June 27, 2011
File Type 10

Mapjects Server Webparts File

Developer Mapjects Development
Popularity
2.1  |  21 Votes
Category GIS Files
Format Binary

What is a MAP file?

File used by Mapjects GRYD, an operations visualization platform for energy management, security management, and logistics; stores a configuration of one or more "Webparts," which are widgets that can be mashed together to produce integrated visualizations; also includes the GIS metadata required to display the data.

More Information

MAP files are server-side data files, and they include both the data and program files for the software package. A corresponding .MAPX file is used to display the information in the MAP file to the user through a Web page.

NOTE: Mapject GRYD renders HTML5, Silverlight, Flash, and PHP, as well as code from the ASP.NET Razor view engine.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Mapjects GRYD
Linux
Mapjects GRYD
Updated February 23, 2011
File Type 11

Rigs of Rods Key Assignments File

Developer N/A
Popularity
2.4  |  16 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is a MAP file?

Key assignment file used by Rigs of Rods (RoR), a car, truck, airplane, and boat simulator; contains information that describes how the user's keyboard is mapped out and which keys correlate with specific actions in RoR.

More Information

The information is stored in plain text and appears in the following format: EVENT_NAME    EVENT_TYPE    MAPPING

Common MAP Filenames

input.map - The common name for the MAP file containing the key assignments for the simulator.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Mac
Updated July 28, 2015
File Type 12

Terraria Map File

Developer Re-Logic
Popularity
3.7  |  7 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a MAP file?

A MAP file is a game data file used by Re-Logic Terraria, a 2D action-adventure and sandbox construction game. It contains a map of the area explored by a character for a certain world, which may include terrain, water, monsters, items, and other objects.

More Information

You will most likely only encounter a Terraria MAP file if you have Terraria installed on your computer and are navigating the data files for characters in the Steam\userdata directory. The MAP files are not meant to be manually opened by a user. Instead, they are referenced by Terraria to load information for a specific character that details the area the character has explored in a certain world.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Updated February 25, 2020
File Type 13

Super Mario War Map File

Developer Michael Schaffer and Florian Hufsky
Popularity
1.9  |  7 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is a MAP file?

A MAP file is a game map used by Super Mario War, an open source Super Mario-like video game. It contains the layout of a level in the game, which includes the location of blocks, items, and sprites. MAP files are located in the "Maps" folder of the game installation directory.

More Information

MAP files are loaded by the game when a user selects the level. You can also create and modify MAP levels using the level editor tool (Leveleditor.exe) included with the Super Mario War download.

Super Mario War features many of the same elements as other Super Mario series games. The main element of gameplay is players jumping on the heads of other players to defeat them. Players can also use items placed throughout each level to defeat other players.

Programs that open MAP files

Windows
Mac
Linux
Updated October 4, 2018

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