.VOL File Extension

Video Game Archive

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What is a VOL file?

Packed (or compressed) archive used to store data used by various video games including Tribes, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, and Earth Siege 2.

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Programs that open VOL files

Windows
Used by various games

Volfs File System Directory

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Directory in Mac OS X used as a mount point for the "volfs" file system, which supports the Carbon File Manager APIs on top of the standard BSD file system.

Programs that open VOL files

Mac
Folder created in Mac OS X, should not be opened or edited by the user.

Gran Turismo Game Archive

Developer Polyphony Digital
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A VOL file may also be a game archive used by various games in the Gran Turismo racing series, including Gran Turismo 2 and 3. It contains resource files for the game, including music, sound effects, car models, and textures compressed with a proprietary compression method. Most Gran Turismo players will never encounter VOL files unless they attempt to extract files from the archives, alter them, and re-package them to modify gameplay.

More Information

Polyphony Digital develops games in the Gran Turismo series, and Sony Interactive Entertainment distributes them. The games are only available for PlayStation systems (1-5 and Portable).

Since various versions of Gran Turismo use VOL files, the VOL format may differ slightly from game to game. For example, a VOL file packaged with Gran Turismo 2 differs from a VOL file packaged with Gran Turismo 5. Additionally, VOL files are typically large, often around 10 GB.

Common VOL Filenames

GT.vol - Common name for the VOL archive included with various versions of Gran Turismo, including version 5.

How to open a VOL file

You should not attempt to open VOL files. Instead, the Gran Turismo game references the VOL file to load the resource files in the archive for gameplay purposes.

However, game modders may use tools to extract resource files from VOL files, alter them, and then re-package them with the game. For example, GTVolTools is a popular modding tool for extracting VOL files from various Gran Turismo versions, including Gran Turismo 2, 2000, and 3.

Programs that open or reference VOL files

Windows

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