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VPK files are used in Left 4 Dead instead of GCFs, apparently something closer to NCFs. Valve has stated these have supplanted GCFs and NCFs.[1]. The VPK.exe is a command line tool located in <Steam folder>\steamapps\common\left 4 dead\bin\vpk.exe.

The VPK file format was originally used in Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, an early Source game.

VPK.exe Commands

Its commands are as follows:

  • vpk dirname
Creates a pack file named <dirname>.vpk located in the parent of the specified directory.
  • vpk x vpkfile filename1 filename2 ...
Extract file(s).
  • vpk a vpkfile filename1 filename2 ...
Add file(s).
  • vpk a vpkfile @filename
Add files listed in a response file.
  • vpk k vpkfile keyvalues_filename
Add files listed in a keyvalues control file.
  • vpk l vpkfile
List contents of VPK.
  • vpk L vpkfile
List contents (detailed) of VPK.


  • -v Verbose.
  • -M Produce a multi-chunk pack file


Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2's vpk's are multi-chunk files. If you are looking to extract the contents of those VPK's, extract the pak01_dir.vpk. This will extract the contents of all of the vpk files.

See also