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

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Have you came across a file with the .map extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .map file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .MAP file?

The file extension .MAP comes from Quake Engine Map File. The developer of this file extension is id Software. The format of this file is text, and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .map file on 1 platform.

How to open a .MAP file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Valve Hammer Editor, Torque Constructor and Microsoft Notepad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MAP file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 Valve Hammer Editor software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .MAP file?

If you cannot open the .MAP file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .MAP file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .map – Bungie Studios, .map – Bethesda Softworks, .map – Furcadia, .map – Leges Motus, .map – SWIFT Weather, .map – NAVIGON, .map – SIL International, .map – Mapjects Development, .map – Re-Logic, .map – Michael Schaffer and Florian Hufsky. 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 .MAP file with the Valve Hammer Editor, Torque Constructor, Microsoft Notepad programs on Windows.