GCFScape is a compact program that allows you to explore GCF files and to extract some of the content to a local folder. The program is designed to extract media items from the Half Life game files but it can also work with a lot of other programs since these files are not specific to only one application.
The program can also work with other types of archive types that are usually used in games such as BSP or WAD files. You can open these files, view their content and extract certain files into a local folder. Before extracting the file you get to see the file type, the size and if it is encrypted or not.
The main purpose of the application is to extract files from the archives and not to change their content in any way. So you can be sure that you are not damaging important files while extracting part of the content. It simply unpacks them to another location.
The interface of the program resembles a classic file explorer and it is just as easy to use. The program includes a useful tool that allows you to reduce the fragmentation in the GCF files that usually occupy a lot of disk space. The program can batch process multiple GCF files and provides you with a fragmentation report before starting the operation.
It is good to know that GCFScape is a standalone program and does not require any additional software such as unpackers or game launchers. However, the content of some archives (especially those used by games) is protected by copyright laws and cannot be used by unlicensed users.