.MAP File Extension

There are 13 file types use the .MAP file extension:

  1. Quake Engine Map File
  2. Terraria Map File
  3. Halo Map File
  4. Fallout Map File
  5. Furcadia Dream File
  6. Image Map
  7. Weather Defender Map
  8. Rigs of Rods Key Assignments File
  9. Leges Motus Map File
  10. Mapjects Server Webparts File
  11. TECkit Mapping File
  12. NAVIGON Map File
  13. Super Mario War Map File

1. Quake Engine Map File

Quake Engine Map File
  • Developer id Software
  • Popularity
    3.9 (158 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Text

A MAP file is a game map created for games developed with one of the Quake engines. It is saved in a human-readable text-based format. MAP files are uncompiled but can be compiled into a .BSP binary map file for use in games such as Half-Life, Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3.

MAP files can be built using several map editors, including Valve Hammer Editor, which also compiles the map into the target BSP format. Another popular tool that uses MAP files is TorquePowered.com's Torque Constructor, which can transform maps into the .DIF format for development. The resulting map files are used for Torque games, which target PC, mobile, and console platforms.

Many game engines use the MAP format, including the Quake engines, Torque Engine, Goldsource Engine, Dark Engine, and Unreal Engine.

NOTE: Valve Hammer Editor 4, which is used for Half-Life, saves map files in the newer .VMF format. The program was previously called "Worldcraft," but is now commonly referred to as "Hammer."

Software's name License Platforms
id Software GtkRadiant id Software GtkRadiant Free LinuxMacWindows
MAP3BSPC MAP3BSPC Free Windows
Microsoft Notepad Microsoft Notepad Bundled MacWindows
Other text editor Other text editor LinuxMacWindows
Q3Map2 Q3Map2 Free Windows
QuArK QuArK Freeware Windows
Torque Constructor Torque Constructor Free Windows
Valve Hammer Editor Valve Hammer Editor Free Windows

Updated: April 13, 2016

2. Terraria Map File

Terraria Map File

A MAP file is a game data file used by Re-Logic Terraria, a 2D action-adventure and sandbox construction game. It contains a map of the area explored by a character for a certain world, which may include terrain, water, monsters, items, and other objects.

You will most likely only encounter a Terraria MAP file if you have Terraria installed on your computer and are navigating the data files for characters in the Steam\userdata directory. The MAP files are not meant to be manually opened by a user. Instead, they are referenced by Terraria to load information for a specific character that details the area the character has explored in a certain world.

Software's name License Platforms
Re-Logic Terraria Re-Logic Terraria Paid AndroidiOSWindows

Updated: November 30, 2019

3. Halo Map File

Halo Map File
  • Developer Bungie Studios
  • Popularity
    3.6 (63 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Binary

Game map used by Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game of the Halo first-person shooter series; also used by Halo: Custom Edition, an unsupported expansion to Halo: Combat Evolved; saves a game map and can include terrain, objects, spawn points, and other level information.

Some Halo maps can be edited with Halo Map Tools.

Software's name License Platforms
Bungie Halo: Combat Evolved Bungie Halo: Combat Evolved MacWindows
Halo Map Tools Halo Map Tools Free Windows

Updated: October 20, 2011

4. Fallout Map File

Fallout Map File
  • Developer Bethesda Softworks
  • Popularity
    3.2 (20 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Binary

File used by Fallout 1 and 2, which are post-apocalyptic, futuristic role-playing video games; contains map data that describes the gameplay environment including grid boundaries, walls, scenery, animals, and objects.

The MAP file is made up of 5 sections:

  1. The MAP file header.
  2. The global and local variables used by the map scripts.
  3. The tile data that makes up the roof and floor.
  4. The MAP scripts that store information about scripts connected to the objects in the map.
  5. The MAP objects, which hold the walls, item, scenery, etc. that appear in the map.
Software's name License Platforms
Bethesda Softworks Fallout 1 Bethesda Softworks Fallout 1 Paid Windows
Bethesda Softworks Fallout 2 Bethesda Softworks Fallout 2 Commercial Windows

Updated: January 27, 2015

5. Furcadia Dream File

Furcadia Dream File
  • Developer Furcadia
  • Popularity
    2.9 (17 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Binary

Game map, referred to as a "Dream," used by Furcadia, a 2D multiplayer online game set in a fantasy world; saves the map width, height, effects such as rain, and objects such as trees, walls, buildings, and magical plants.

MAP files can be edited using the Furcadia Dream Editor (DreamEd.exe), which is included with the Furcadia installation. Custom maps can be used for playing with others online.

Software's name License Platforms
Furcadia Furcadia Free+ Windows

Updated: November 6, 2012

6. Image Map

Image Map
  • Developer N/A
  • Popularity
    2.8 (19 votes)
  • Category Web Files
  • Format N/A

Server-side text file that defines areas of a Web page image that link to different locations; allows users to click on different parts of an image to open different pages.

MAP files are referenced by an .HTML Web page, but processed by the Web server.

Software's name License Platforms
Edit with a text editor Edit with a text editor LinuxMacWindows
View in a Web browser View in a Web browser LinuxMacWindows

Updated: July 2, 2010

7. Weather Defender Map

Weather Defender Map
  • Developer SWIFT Weather
  • Popularity
    2.7 (31 votes)
  • Category Data Files
  • Format N/A

Weather map format used by Weather Defender, a weather monitoring system designed specifically for Emergency Management Professionals and First Responders; may contain custom geographic and reference layers.

Weather Defender maps can be saved to store custom configurations for forecasting severe weather. These maps can be quickly loaded to view custom weather forecasts.

Software's name License Platforms
SWIFT Weather Defender SWIFT Weather Defender Windows

Updated: July 10, 2009

8. Rigs of Rods Key Assignments File

Rigs of Rods Key Assignments File
  • Developer N/A
  • Popularity
    2.3 (8 votes)
  • Category Data Files
  • Format Text

Key assignment file used by Rigs of Rods (RoR), a car, truck, airplane, and boat simulator; contains information that describes how the user's keyboard is mapped out and which keys correlate with specific actions in RoR.

The information is stored in plain text and appears in the following format: EVENT_NAME    EVENT_TYPE    MAPPING

input.map - The common name for the MAP file containing the key assignments for the simulator.

Software's name License Platforms
Rigs of Rods Rigs of Rods Open Source LinuxMacWindows

Updated: July 29, 2015

9. Leges Motus Map File

Leges Motus Map File
  • Developer Leges Motus
  • Popularity
    2.2 (31 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Text

Game map used by Leges Motus, a 2D multiplayer shooting game set zero gravity; stores the layout for the map, including spawn points, walls, and the locations of map objects and corresponding sprites; located in the \data\maps\ directory of the game installation.

Software's name License Platforms
Leges Motus Leges Motus Free LinuxMacWindows

Updated: January 2, 2013

10. Mapjects Server Webparts File

Mapjects Server Webparts File
  • Developer Mapjects Development
  • Popularity
    2.1 (28 votes)
  • Category GIS Files
  • Format Binary

File used by Mapjects GRYD, an operations visualization platform for energy management, security management, and logistics; stores a configuration of one or more "Webparts," which are widgets that can be mashed together to produce integrated visualizations; also includes the GIS metadata required to display the data.

MAP files are server-side data files, and they include both the data and program files for the software package. A corresponding .MAPX file is used to display the information in the MAP file to the user through a Web page.

NOTE: Mapject GRYD renders HTML5, Silverlight, Flash, and PHP, as well as code from the ASP.NET Razor view engine.

Software's name License Platforms
Mapjects GRYD Mapjects GRYD LinuxWindows

Updated: September 11, 2010

11. TECkit Mapping File

TECkit Mapping File
  • Developer SIL International
  • Popularity
    2.1 (28 votes)
  • Category Misc Files
  • Format Text

Text mapping file used by TECkit, a program used for text conversion; saved in a plain text format and contains rules that map from one character set to another; compiled into a .TEC file, which can be used to perform the conversion.

Software's name License Platforms
pyTecKit pyTecKit Free LinuxMacWindows
TECkit TECkit Free LinuxMacWindows

Updated: October 15, 2011

13. Super Mario War Map File

Super Mario War Map File
  • Developer Michael Schaffer and Florian Hufsky
  • Popularity
    2.0 (10 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format N/A

A MAP file is a game map used by Super Mario War, an open source Super Mario-like video game. It contains the layout of a level in the game, which includes the location of blocks, items, and sprites. MAP files are located in the "Maps" folder of the game installation directory.

MAP files are loaded by the game when a user selects the level. You can also create and modify MAP levels using the level editor tool (Leveleditor.exe) included with the Super Mario War download.

Super Mario War features many of the same elements as other Super Mario series games. The main element of gameplay is players jumping on the heads of other players to defeat them. Players can also use items placed throughout each level to defeat other players.

Software's name License Platforms
Super Mario War Super Mario War Free LinuxMacWindows

Updated: September 2, 2018

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