File Extension Library

.BAK2 File Extension

  • Category: Backup Files
  • Format: Text and Binary

What is an .BAK2 file?

.BAK2 file extension has been classified as Backup Files. The format of .BAK2 file is Text and Binary

.BAK2 is Backup File

Backup file created by a variety of programs, including games such as Crytek Crysis; contains a copy of the original file, such as a map or scene; similar to the .BAK file extension.

There are several different uses of the "bak2" file extension. It may be created to represent the number of backup versions for a file. The "bak2" extension would represent the second backup version of the file. Other programs, such as Crysis, use the "bak2" extension to backup a BAK file that backs up .CRY map level files. If your CRY file is corrupt, you can replace it by renaming the "bak2" extension of your file to "cry."

List of all softwares that can open the Backup File
Crytek Crysis
Crytek Crysis Warhead
E-on Vue
E-on Vue
File Type 2 Starbound Backup File
Developer by: Chucklefish Category: Game Files

A BAK2 file is a backup file used by Starbound, an open, sandbox 2D space exploration game. It stores backup information for the game, which may be about a player character or spaceship. BAK2 files are helpful for recovering information in the event of a computer crash or corrupt PLAYER or SHIPWORLD file.

BAK2 files bear a compound file extension. The ".bak1" extension is added on to a file that it is storing information for, such as a PLAYER or SHIPWORLD file. For example, if the file is storing backup information for a SHIPWORLD file, the filename would be ab 07704dbcb4162646d4d93bbeef34df.shipworld.bak2.

You can delete the ".bak2" extension from the filename and open the file as a SHIPWORLD file in Starbound. However, it is important that you do not change the string of characters preceding the extensions.

BAK2 files can be found in the "player" folder in the "Starbound" folder. For example if you purchased Starbound through Steam, the BAK2 files are stored in the following location in Windows:

C:/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/common/Starbound/player

NOTE: Starbound also uses .BAK1 and .BAK3 files.

List of all softwares that can open the Starbound Backup File
Chucklefish Starbound
Chucklefish Starbound
Chucklefish Starbound

How to Open .BAK2 file on different platforms

Open .BAK2 File on Windows

  • Right-click a .BAK2
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .BAK2 file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .BAK2 files" Press "Ok"

Open .BAK2 File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .BAK2 file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .BAK2 File on Linux

Right click on the .BAK2 file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .BAK2 File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .BAK2 file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .BAK2 File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .BAK2 files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .BAK2 files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .BAK2 files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .BAK2 file format
  2. You need to check the .BAK2 file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)