What is a .PK3 File And How To Open It – Id Software (Guide)


Have you came across a file with the .pk3 extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .pk3 file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .PK3 file?

The file extension .PK3 comes from Quake 3 Engine Game Data File. It was developed by Id Software. This file belongs to the zip format and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .pk3 file on 1 platform.

How to open a .PK3 file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .PK3 file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .PK3 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .pk3 file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the 7-Zip software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is id Software Quake 3, Corel WinZip and 7-Zip.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PK3 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 7-Zip software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .PK3 file?

If you cannot open the .PK3 file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .PK3 file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .pk3 – ZDoom. 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 .PK3 file with the 7-Zip, id Software Quake 3, Corel WinZip programs on Windows.