File Extension Library

.ESP File Extension

  • Developer by: Bethesda Softworks
  • Category: Game Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .ESP file?

.ESP file extension is created by Bethesda Softworks. .ESP has been classified as Game Files. The format of .ESP file is Binary.

.ESP is Elder Scrolls Plugin File

Plugin file used by The Elder Scrolls (TES) first-person RPGs such as Oblivion and Skyrim; similar to an .ESM file but is used specifically for adding plugin features, such as new graphics, weapons, and world content; used for creating custom game alterations.

In order to apply custom game modifications, ESP files interact with ESM (Master) files and override default behaviors and data. While ESP files can be used for plugins, often users will create mods of ESM files and distribute them for custom game alterations without using ESP files.

List of all softwares that can open the Elder Scrolls Plugin File
Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls Construction Set
Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Creation Kit
File Type 2 Fallout 3 Plugin File
Developer by: Bethesda Softworks Category: Game Files Format: Binary

Plugin file used by the Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas futuristic post-nuclear war role-playing games; contains a plugin that modifies game content; can include game objects, dialogue, gameplay settings, AI settings, world properties, and other content.

ESP files can be used for modifying existing game data or for adding new game data. They can be edited using G.E.C.K. (the Garden of Eden Creation Kit), which is made available by Bethesda Softworks, the developers of the Fallout series.

ESP plugin files are complementary to .ESM master files and will not load without a corresponding ESM file. Additionally, the settings in ESP files override those in ESM files, since the ESP game data is always loaded after the ESM data. Therefore, you can use ESP files to override the default game properties with custom properties.

List of all softwares that can open the Fallout 3 Plugin File
Bethesda Softworks Fallout 3
Bethesda Softworks Fallout: New Vegas
Bethesda Softworks GECK
File Type 3 ACD/Labs Dataset
Category: Data Files

Contains data generated by Advanced Chemistry Development analysis software.

How to Open .ESP file on different platforms

Open .ESP File on Windows

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

Open .ESP File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .ESP 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 .ESP File on Linux

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

Open .ESP File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .ESP 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 .ESP 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 .ESP files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .ESP files

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