PAK file extension

PAK file could be opened by special software. There are 3 file's types and each of them could be opened by different software. Download recommended software to open desired file format.

How to open PAK file

The PAK extension is an archive data storage format originally developed for use on the MS DOS platform. A PAK file may contain one or more compressed files. The compression algorithm used to archive information is ZLIB. Today the PAK format is widely used in Windows OS and Mac.

Unzipping the data contained in PAK archive is possible via the integrated OS software, as well as additionally installed programs.

The PAK extension is also known as game archive used in gaming software (Quake, Hexen, Crysis etc.). Such a file can contain three-dimensional character models, graphic information, sound effects, and text data.

Opening PAK

A large variety of software modules is used to compress data into a PAK archive. The most popular include:

This software is adapted exclusively for use on the Windows OS platform. For zipping/unzipping PAK files in Mac OS, Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe Mac is used. Such an application as Smith Micro Stuffit also provides for the ability to edit PAK format (adding/deleting archive data).

Recommendations for working with PAK files and converting archives

The most versatile unzip tool that supports more than 40 data compression formats is ALZip. Most experts recommend this program for zipping/unzipping PAK files.

Avanquest PowerDesk Pro with high compression ratio is also very popular.

Such a concept as conversion is almost non-existent for PAK files. To convert formats, you just need to extract the archive, and then use another utility to zip it. The result will be a package with a new extension.

Why PAK and what are its advantages

The PAK format was very successfully adapted to work in other progressive operating systems (apart from DOS platform) and is very popular with respect to the generation of archives to this day. A PAK file can contain a variety of component types, which is very convenient for online processing and data transfer.

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File type:
PAK (Packed) File
Category:
Compressed files (archives)

DOS compressed package format file that may include multiple files. Information in PAK files is commonly compressed with ZLIB compression, but also can be uncompressed.

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File type:
Simutrans Object File
Developer:
Simutrans
Category:
Game files

Simutrans (free transportation simulation video game) file with game object graphics and settings. This file is compiled from a plain text ".dat" data file and a source PNG picture. It is used for game vehicles, constructions, terrain and other objects. MakeObj.exe application is used for building PAK files.

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File type:
Video Game Package
Category:
Game files

Such video games as Quake, Hexen and Half-Life game package file with graphics, objects, textures, sounds and other game information archived into a single file. Some decompression programs can be used to browse or view these files.

Similar file formats and extensions.