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How do I parse StarCraft 2 replay files (.sc2replay)? Is there an API?

I know of Sc2gears, but it doesn't quite fulfil my needs.

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The Starcraft 2 replays are stored as MPQ a compressed file-format developed and used by Blizzard. On the bottom of the Wiki page you'll also find links to MPQ parsers.

Maybe you'll also want to have a look at the following open-source projects: WARP (a Starcraft 2 replay parser written in Java) or phpsc2replay (a replay parser written in PHP).

Update: As of now, there's also a Python library out there that can read a lot of the replay data: sc2reader. This is most likely the best option that is currently available (as of March 2013).

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Thanks for pointing me in the right direction bummzack. –  Gpx Apr 4 '11 at 12:37

I played with parsing the SC2 replay files a while back. You can view what I've done and what I've been able to reverse engineer (as well as bunch of links to helpful sites at the bottom):

http://wiki.spectralcoding.com/project:sc2inspector

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A bunch of links in one place is really nice. –  kirilloid Apr 30 '13 at 10:21

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