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


Have you downloaded a file with .vdf extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .vdf file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .VDF file?

The .VDF file extension is Valve Data File. This file extension was developed by Valve. The format of this game related file is text.

What to know

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

How to open a .VDF file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Notepad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VDF 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 Microsoft Notepad software that 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 .VDF file?

If you are still unable to open the .VDF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .VDF file.vdf – Avira Operations, .vdf – VirtualDub, .vdf – Piranha Bytes. 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 .VDF file with the Microsoft Notepad program on Windows.