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MPQ File Extension

Blizzard Entertainment Archive
  • Developer
    Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
  • Category
    Archive Files
  • Popularity
    4.4 (13 votes)

What is MPQ file?

MPQ is a file extension commonly associated with Blizzard Entertainment Archive files. Blizzard Entertainment Archive format was developed by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.. MPQ files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. MPQ file belongs to the Archive Files category just like 619 other filename extensions listed in our database. MPQ Editor supports MPQ files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 10 other tools may also be used. MPQ Editor software was developed by Ladislav Zezula, and on its official website you may find more information about MPQ files or the MPQ Editor software program.

Programs which support MPQ file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open MPQ files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with MPQ suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support MPQ file

How to open file with MPQ extension?

Being unable to open files with MPQ extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with MPQ extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install MPQ Editor software

Install software to open MPQ file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MPQ files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install MPQ Editor or one to the listed programs: StarCraft II, Diablo III, StormLibrary. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading MPQ Editor installed is by going to developer’s website (Ladislav Zezula) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of MPQ Editor

Update software that support file extension MPQIf you already have MPQ Editor installed on your systems and MPQ files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that MPQ Editor cannot handle files with MPQ may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of MPQ Editor should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign MPQ Editor to MPQ files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate MPQ files with latest version of MPQ Editor you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with MPQ file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the MPQ with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where MPQ Editor is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MPQ files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MPQ file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the MPQ file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with MPQ extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the MPQ is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper MPQ file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check MPQ file for viruses
1. Verify that the MPQ in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MPQ file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. MPQ file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with MPQ extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic MPQ file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with MPQ extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Blizzard Entertainment Archive file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run MPQ Editor

If the systems has insufficient resources to open MPQ files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Blizzard Entertainment Archive file. It may be the case that the MPQ files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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