What is a .GCF File And How To Open It – Valve (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .gcf extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. In this article we will explain what .gcf file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .GCF file?

The file extension .GCF is from Game Cache File.The developer of this file extension is Valve. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .gcf file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .GCF file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .GCF file on various operating systems.

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

The .gcf file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the GCFScape software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Valve Steam and GCFScape.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .GCF 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GCFScape software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .GCF file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Valve Steam software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Valve Steam.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .GCF file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

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

Still cannot open the .GCF file?

If you cannot open the .GCF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .GCF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .gcg – GCG DNA Sequence File, .gci – Nintendo, .gcm – Nintendo, .gcode – G-Code 3D Printer File, .gcproj – Genome Compiler. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .GCF file with the GCFScape, Valve Steam programs on Windows and Valve Steam program on Mac.