A Python library for extracting MPQ (MoPaQ) files.

blizzard, mpq, mpq-archives, python, python-library, starcraft, starcraft-ii, starcraft2
pip install mpyq==0.2.5



mpyq is a Python library for reading MPQ (MoPaQ) archives used in many of Blizzard's games. It was originally developed for data mining Starcraft II replay files.

In addition to being a library, mpyq also has a command line interface that exposes some of the library's core functionality such as extracting archives.

At this early stage in development only files compressed with DEFLATE or bzip2 are uncompressed. This means that this library can not be used to extract most big game asset archives that Blizzard's games use. More compression formats will be supported in the future.

Also, as mpyq is so far pure Python code, it might be unfeasible to try to extract very large MPQ archives, even if all the compression methods used inside the archive were supported.

Note that listing files inside an archive does not require full extraction. You can safely take a peek inside any MPQ archive with this library.


A stable version of mpyq is available from PyPI and can be installed with either easy_install or pip.

$ easy_install mpyq
$ pip install mpyq

mpyq can be installed manually with the included setup.py script.

$ python setup.py install

Running this command will install mpyq both as a library and a stand-alone script that can be run from anywhere, provided that you have added Python's bin directory to your PATH environment variable.

Alternative way to install mpyq is to clone this git repository somewhere on your filesystem and then either adjust your PYTHONPATH environment variable to point to the directory that contains the repository or create a symbolic link to your Python's site-packages directory pointing at the repository.

Note that the command line interface part of mpyq uses the argparse module, which was included into Python's standard library in version 2.7. If you didn't install mpyq from PyPI and you wish to use the command line interface part with Python 2.6, you should install argparse from PyPI manually.


As a library

>>> from mpyq import MPQArchive
>>> archive = MPQArchive('game.SC2Replay')

Now you have a MPQArchive object of the file you opened. One common thing to do now is to extract the files from the archive.

>>> files = archive.extract()

This will extract and return the archive's contents in memory. Be advised that you might not want to do this with multi-gigabyte MPQ files from World of Warcraft, for example.

Files inside the archive can be also extracted and written to disk.

>>> archive.extract_to_disk()

If you want to skip reading the (listfile) inside the archive, you can do so by passing listfile=False to the constructor.

>>> archive = MPQArchive('bad_listfile.SC2Replay', listfile=False)

This might be required if the (listfile) is encrypted or has been tampered with. Note that you can't list files or extract the whole archive if you do this -- you need to know in advance which files you want to read.

>>> archive.read_file('replay.details')

For more information, consult help(mpyq) in your Python console.

From the command line

usage: mpyq.py [-h] [-I] [-H] [-b] [-s] [-t] [-x] file

mpyq reads and extracts MPQ archives.

positional arguments:
  file                 path to the archive

optional arguments:
  -h, --help           show this help message and exit
  -I, --headers        print header information from the archive
  -H, --hash-table     print hash table
  -b, --block-table    print block table
  -s, --skip-listfile  skip reading (listfile)
  -t, --list-files     list files inside the archive
  -x, --extract        extract files from the archive

You can extract all the files inside the archive with -x/--extract.

$ mpyq -x game.SC2Replay

This will create a directory called 'game' with the files inside.

You can print the header information from a given archive with -I/--headers.

$ mpyq -I game.SC2Replay
MPQ archive header
magic                          'MPQ\x1a'
header_size                    44
arhive_size                    19801
format_version                 1
sector_size_shift              3
hash_table_offset              19385
block_table_offset             19641
hash_table_entries             16
block_table_entries            10
extended_block_table_offset    0
hash_table_offset_high         0
block_table_offset_high        0
offset                         1024

MPQ user data header
magic                          'MPQ\x1b'
user_data_size                 512
mpq_header_offset              1024
user_data_header_size          60
content                        '\x05\x08\x00\x02,StarCraft II replay\x1b

You can display the archive's hash table with -H/--hash-table.

$ mpyq -H game.SC2Replay
MPQ archive hash table
 Hash A   Hash B  Locl Plat BlockIdx
D38437CB 07DFEAEC 0000 0000 00000009
AAC2A54B F4762B95 0000 0000 00000002
C9E5B770 3B18F6B6 0000 0000 00000005
343C087B 278E3682 0000 0000 00000004
3B2B1EA0 B72EF057 0000 0000 00000006
5A7E8BDC FF253F5C 0000 0000 00000001
FD657910 4E9B98A7 0000 0000 00000008
D383C29C EF402E92 0000 0000 00000000
1DA8B0CF A2CEFF28 0000 0000 00000007
31952289 6A5FFAA3 0000 0000 00000003

You can display the archive's block table with -b/--block-table.

$ mpyq -b game.SC2Replay
MPQ archive block table
 Offset  ArchSize RealSize  Flags
0000002C      443      443 81000200
000001E7      609     1082 81000200
00000448    16077    42859 81000200
00004315       94       94 81000200
00004373       96       96 81000200
000043D3      591      765 81000200
00004622      802     1444 81000200
00004944      247      580 81000200
00004A3B      120      164 81000200
00004AB3      262      288 81000200

You can list all files inside the archive with -t/--list-files.

$ mpyq -t game.SC2Replay
replay.attributes.events            580 bytes
replay.details                      443 bytes
replay.game.events                42859 bytes
replay.initData                    1082 bytes
replay.load.info                     96 bytes
replay.message.events                94 bytes
replay.smartcam.events             1444 bytes
replay.sync.events                  765 bytes

You can skip reading the listfile with -s/--skip-listfile. This might be necessary if the listfile is encrypted or corrupted. Note that you cannot list files or extract the whole archive without the listfile.


The following two documents were used as references for the MPQ format:


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