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


Have you came across a file with the .vtf 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. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .vtf file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .VTF file?

The file extension .VTF comes from Valve Texture 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 .vtf file on 1 platform.

How to open a .VTF file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .VTF file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the VTFEdit software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is VTF Explorer and VTFEdit.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VTF 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 VTFEdit software 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 .VTF file?

If you are still unable to open the .VTF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .VTF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .vtf – Vision Numeric. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .VTF file with the VTFEdit, VTF Explorer programs on Windows.