What is a .NCF File And How To Open It – Valve


Have you came across a file with the .ncf 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. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .ncf file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .NCF file?

The file extension .NCF is No Cache File. It was developed by Valve. The file is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .ncf file on 1 platform.

How to open a .NCF file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .NCF file on your operating system/device.

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

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .ncf file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GCFScape software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Valve Steam and GCFScape.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .NCF 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. 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”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .NCF file?

If you cannot open the .NCF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .NCF file.ncfg – ESRI, .ncgr – Nintendo, .ncl – NirSoft, .nclr – Nintendo, .nco – Nero. 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 .NCF file with the GCFScape, Valve Steam programs on Windows.