What is a .BSP File And How To Open It – id Software (Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .bsp extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .bsp file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .BSP file?

The .BSP file extension is from Quake Engine Game Map File. This file extension was developed by id Software. The format of this game related file is binary.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .bsp file on 1 platform.

How to open a .BSP file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .BSP file on various operating systems.

How to open a .BSP file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .bsp file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GCFScape software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .BSP file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GCFScape software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .BSP file?

If you cannot open the .BSP file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .BSP file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .bss – Capcom, .bst – BibTeX Style Document, .bsw – StruMIS, .bswx – StruMIS, .bsxc – Striped Horse. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .BSP file with the GCFScape program on Windows.