File Extension Library

.SC2REPLAY File Extension

  • Developer by: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Category: Game Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .SC2REPLAY file?

.SC2REPLAY file extension is created by Blizzard Entertainment. .SC2REPLAY has been classified as Game Files. The format of .SC2REPLAY file is Binary.

.SC2REPLAY is Blizzard StarCraft 2 Replay File

Mission replay file saved by StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (SC2), a real-time strategy (RTS) game where players compete as Terran, Protoss, and Zerg races; contains the sequence of events that are played out during a single player custom game or a multiplayer game; includes the replay name, duration, version of the software, and the date when the replay was captured; used for reviewing strategies, as well as sharing results of competitions with others on and other websites.

To open a downloaded SC2REPLAY file, you can either double-click the file and open it manually, or you can first place the file in one of the following directories and then open it from the Replay menu in StarCraft II:

Windows SC2 replay folder:
[user]\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts\...\Replays\

Mac OS X SC2 replay folder (updated by Blizzard in September 2010):
[user]/Documents/Blizzard/StarCraft II/Accounts/.../Replays/

To create a replay file, select "Save Replay" in StarCraft II after a single or multiplayer game is complete. There are multiple subdirectories for different saved replay types. For example, VersusAI is for replays against the computer. Each subdirectory can be browsed from inside the program.

To playback a replay, click on the Replay menu in the user's game profile. Replays are split into Recent, Multiplayer, Versus A.I., and Challenge categories. In the Multiplayer, Versus A.I., and Challenge categories, users can create new subfolders to organize their replays. StarCraft II automatically stores the last ten games played in the Recent folder.

While viewing an SC2 replay, you can speed up or slow down the playback, as well as jump backward to anywhere on the replay timeline (NOTE: you can't jump forward since the replay must sequentially move through the steps of play). You can also view the replay from each player's perspective, which includes the "fog of war." Users can also navigate the map, select units, and turn on statistics, such as how many units, what level of technology advancement, or what APM (actions per minute) rating each player has.

SC2REPLAY files do not contain actual video data. They only contain the actions, movements, and state of the map during gameplay. This is how the files can remain relatively small in size compared to a video file equivalent. This storage technique enables users to click on units, structures, and match statistics during replays. However, it also has the limitation that viewers can't jump forward on the timeline without replaying the sequence of events first.

NOTE: SC2REPLAY files are not backward compatible with earlier software versions. For example, replays saved with the beta testing version of StarCraft II are not playable with the official released version. Therefore, to play older replays, you must use the appropriate version of the software. StarCraft, the predecessor to StarCraft II, stores replay files with the .REP extension.

List of all softwares that can open the Blizzard StarCraft 2 Replay File
Blizzard StarCraft 2
Blizzard StarCraft 2

How to Open .SC2REPLAY file on different platforms

Open .SC2REPLAY File on Windows

  • Right-click a .SC2REPLAY
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .SC2REPLAY file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .SC2REPLAY files" Press "Ok"

Open .SC2REPLAY File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .SC2REPLAY 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 .SC2REPLAY File on Linux

Right click on the .SC2REPLAY file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .SC2REPLAY File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .SC2REPLAY 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 .SC2REPLAY 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 .SC2REPLAY files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .SC2REPLAY files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .SC2REPLAY files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .SC2REPLAY file format
  2. You need to check the .SC2REPLAY file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)