This is going to be a very short and simple guide on how to extract DoTA 2 sounds from Steam. This will be useful to you if you are after either the heroes voices or are wanting the musical soundtracks for a certain project, or for plain enjoyment. Steam doesn’t let you have access to the sound files right off the bat, instead they are compiled into a directory which is a rather peculiar file type ‘.vpk’.


In order to access the sound files you will need to download GCFScape. Now I know the site looks dodgy as fuck but don’t worry the download is safe. Find the latest version, click run and follow the installation wizard.


Open the following file: <Steam installation path>\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk

This should bring up GCFScape displaying a selection

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of folders. Select the ‘sound’ folder.


Search for the file that you want to use, right click on it and extract to where you want to store it.



You now have your desired sounds from DoTA 2 on your hard drive and can do what the hell you want with them!


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  1. Ashwin August 26, 2012 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Thank you! exactly what I was looking for

  2. Folkwnag November 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Big Thanks !
    Xacly what i needed :)

  3. slark February 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you sir

  4. Spyke1987 March 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I cant find common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk…:(
    What is wrong????

    • Rafael April 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Just search for pak01_dir.vpk in the dota file directory – To OP, thanks!

  5. Schamote April 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    All .vpk’s I open have an empty root and the files are about 100 MB big, is the software damaged or did they changed something?

    • Mohammad Jaber July 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      me too …i think the program is damaged… my problem is now as same as Schamote.

  6. pumpedupdix May 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    There are no sounds in the folder where are they now

  7. Mohammad Jaber July 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    oh it worked…but cant find Hero sounds…found everything unless hero !!

  8. MacoyBMX July 11, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    The file to open is: “sound_vo_english_dir.vpk”. There I found everything.

    • porsupollo August 14, 2013 at 3:39 am - Reply

      thanks! you’re right

      you have to open: “sound_vo_english_dir.vpk”

      so you can find the audio files.

    • —Dye— November 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Follow this tips guys
      I am finally find the sound folder of all the hero :D
      Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\pak01_dir.vpk
      Remember ” sound_vo_english_dir ” not > sound_vo_english_dir_00 or 01

    • D3LTA September 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      ty for helping and wp ;)

  9. Wong August 1, 2013 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Any idea where the Game Ready sound is located? Can’t seem to find it…

  10. John Mickel Almeñe October 5, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Thank you so much this what i looking for. :)

  11. m3trik October 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    clear & to the point. Great write up. -thanks

  12. Thomas October 16, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Where can I find the sounds of abilities?
    To be precise, I am looking for the Dark Seer’s third skill sound ;)

  13. doge March 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    why is it every time i extract files especially DOTA 2 portrait and hero modals, the files are corrupted? I already have the latest version of gcfscape. I also reinstall/re-download it and the result is still the same. Help pls :(

  14. axei March 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    sir, i need your guitar sound effect at
    session, please tell me . thanks

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