Texture Archive

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A texture archive is a collection of images for use in a game. Texture archives in the Grand Theft Auto III game trilogy go by the extension .txd (Texture Dictionary). The files belong to RenderWare's binary stream files. Most are stored in another archive file named gta3.img. In the mobile versions (iOS and Android) of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, textures are stored separately in the gta3.txt, gta3.pvr (gta3.pvr.dat, gta3.pvr.tmb, and gta3.pvr.toc), and gta3.unc.tmb files instead. Since Grand Theft Auto IV uses the new RAGE engine, it also uses different texture formats. Textures are still stored in dictionaries but they use the extension .#td, where the first character is specific for each platform:

  • .wtd for PC Version (Windows x86)
  • .xtd for Xbox 360 Version (Xenon)
  • .ctd for PS3 Version (Cell)
  • .dtd for Xbox One Version (Durango)
  • .otd for PS4 Version (Orbis)
  • .ytd for PC Version (Windows x64)

Texture formats in texture archives may vary depending on platform — on the PC version they are usually encoded as DXTn textures or raw bitmaps. The Android and iOS ports of GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas can load 8-bit BMPs, although they use texture compression formats specific to the video hardware present in the device (i.e. Mali-400 for Samsung's Galaxy S2, S3 and various other devices, and Adreno or PowerVR for Androids using Qualcomm Snapdragons and Apple devices, respectively), as using bitmaps alone can present a significant performance penalty on the device.

Tools and scripts

Game Tool
GTA IV OpenIV, by GooD-NTS
GTA IV G-Texture, by REspawn
GTA III GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas Magic.TXD, by DK22Pac and The_GTA
GTA III GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas TXD Workshop, by JernejL
GTA III GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas TXD Builder, by steve-m
GTA III GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas TXD Viewer (PS2 only), by steve-m
GTA III GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas G-TXD, by REspawn
GTA III GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas TxdGen, by The_GTA
GTA Vice City ViceTXD, by Spooky
GTA III GTA Vice City dffxbox2pc (Xbox only), by AK-73