About GCFScape - NemPosted: Jan 2nd, 2004 - 4:16:14 pm

GCFScape is an explorer like utility that enables users to browse Half-Life packages and extract their contents. GCFScape supports .bsp, .gcf, .ncf, .pak, .sga, .vpk, .wad and .xzp packages and runs independently of Steam.



  • Supports .bsp, .gcf, .ncf, .pak, .sga, .vpk, .wad and .xzp packages.
  • Explorer like interface for viewing package contents.
  • Extract any file or folder within a package.
  • Shell execute (preview) any file within a package.
  • Validate any file or folder within a package.
  • Defragment .gcf files.
  • Search for files within a package.
  • Configurable columns.
  • Recent package menu.
  • 100% Free.
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16. RavatarPosted: Nov 3rd, 2004 - 6:59:10 pm

Make sure you're using this redist of .NET


Also, if you have .NET 2.0 beta definately roll back to 1.1 as .NET has several problems with streamwriters and forced garbage collection ( although I do not know how often nem uses those features ).

17. running4bhsPosted: Nov 11th, 2004 - 2:36:50 pm

Ok I am newby when it comes to this stuff because I know nothing about programing, not my area. I work with hardware, but anyhow I need some help, I was playing CSS online and some people in there were talking about how they had HL2 and blah blah blah. This got my attion because from what I understand is this game will not be relased untill NOV 16th. I talked to them and they said to use a prog called GCFScape and get the files out of steam. I did all of this and downloaded all of the files that I had to from here but I can not figuar out how to play HL2 now. Is that what this is for or am I just hopelessly lost?

18. BluefangPosted: Nov 11th, 2004 - 3:22:56 pm

Go away. we are not going to help you pirate HL2.

19. NemPosted: Nov 11th, 2004 - 5:06:50 pm

A lot of people seem to think GCFScape can somehow be used to crack Half-Life 2 so let me clear up these misconceptions. First off, Half-Life 2 preloads (and any other games you have not paid for or have not been released) and in encrypted form. To confirm this right click on a file and select its properties and GCFScape will happily tell you whether or not it is encrypted. GCFScape will extract these encrypted files, but they will be of no use to you. Secondly the Half-Life 2 preload does not contain all Half-Life 2 files, just bulky things like media, models and levels.

GCFScape was designed to allow legitimate developers to access files they need to develop with, nothing more.

20. running4bhsPosted: Nov 11th, 2004 - 8:39:32 pm

Ok thanks. Sorry about that im not trying to pirate HL2, people were just talking about how they had it and I was like yeah I have the preload done too, but they were making it sound like they had it right now and they were playing it.

21. Palle_piratPosted: Mar 4th, 2005 - 5:05:06 pm
watermelon Where can i dowload the new version of GCFScape???

22. BluefangPosted: Mar 4th, 2005 - 6:24:52 pm
on the Download page listed under GCFScape in the side Navigation Bar.

23. PerfectHPosted: Mar 27th, 2005 - 2:18:04 am
Hey NEM, I'm part of a mod team, and you know what would be a supurb idea? A GCF Compiler. Thats right, I want to have the ability to create my own GCF files for the mod I'm currently working on. Do you think this is possible?


P.S. I love GCFScape, your a genious for creating this :)

24. BluefangPosted: Mar 27th, 2005 - 12:18:47 pm
Read the FAQ

in addition, the only use of GCF files is to distrubute the media over Steam. Seeing as MOD devolpers can not yet distribute stuff on Steam, it is pointless.

And anyways, I do think that Steam supports PAK files, so you can use those insted.

25. cwuzzupPosted: May 15th, 2005 - 3:58:10 pm
when i start gcfscape, i get an error message:

The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click Ok to terminate the application.

any ideas?

26. BluefangPosted: May 15th, 2005 - 8:38:27 pm
Make sure that you have the Microsoft .NET framework installed on your computer.

If you don't, you can get it through windows update or here:

And FYI, your problem is also explained in the GCFScape FAQ:

27. mynameiskevinPosted: Aug 31st, 2005 - 11:31:06 am
I just downloaded GCFScape and i tried extracting all my files to another directory, all except the Source Materials extracted. if i try opening the Source Materials using GCFScape, it comes up with the error:
"Failed to map GCF file to memory." and it tells me to make sure that steam isnt running and its not. what am i doing wrong?

28. BluefangPosted: Sep 1st, 2005 - 3:42:27 pm
Try turning on 'volatile access' in the options menu.

29. mynameiskevinPosted: Sep 2nd, 2005 - 8:13:51 pm
i had to download the newest version but it worked and im able to extract the file now! thanks!

30. kustkillerPosted: Sep 11th, 2005 - 9:25:08 am
hi i click cs_compound.txt but i get an errroer message saying
Error writing C:\DOCUME~1\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp\cs_compound.txt (File contains no physical data to write.)

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