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.tlk File Extension

Developer: BioWare
File type: BioWare Aurora Engine Talk Table File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .tlk. Files with the file extension .tlk can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .tlk files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .tlk file?

TLK files are game files commonly referred to as BioWare Aurora Engine Talk Table Files or the language dialog files that BioWare first-person shooter games use. TLK files are developed by Bioware containing dialog strings usually displayed during the game. These files allow the game to be translated into not only one but different language. Since game files are displayed to the users, they should be translated to a language that the user can understand and this is where TLK files are necessary. Programs that support TLK files are Infinity Engine technologies and BioWare's Aurora Engine and examples of games that mostly contain these game files are Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, and Dragon Age: Origins, all developed by Bioware. TLK files are known as “dialog.tlk” and they are mostly found in the directory where game installations are located. TLK files can be accessed with the use of Infinity Engine Talk Table Editor, Talk table editor as well as TalkEd.

how to open a .tlk file?

Launch a .tlk file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .tlk file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .tlk files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .tlk file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .tlk file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .tlk file association errors

applications that open a .tlk file

Infinity Engine Talk Table Editor

Infinity Engine Talk Table Editor

Infinity Engine Talk Table Editor is a program that can edit the text resources for games that use the game engine called Infinity Engine. The game engine is a system that creates and develops video games. It provides a core functionality that includes a rendering engine for 2D or 3D graphics, sound, physics engine or collision detection, animation, and scripting. The Talk Table Editor is the program that allows users to add descriptions, images, and names during a play session. The Infinity Engine Talk Table Editor is based on BWL’s Talk Table Viewer, and it contains all of the Viewer’s functions in addition to talk table editing services. The application works for IE games like BG1, BG2, IWD2, PST and IWD, including all of these games’ official expansions and unofficial mods. It can view and edit talk table (TLK) files, allowing players to edit already existing strings and create new ones. The feature called TLKAssistant provides access to the editor functions while the customizable browser window displays the string, and the offset, type, length, pitch, and volume variance of the string.


TalkEd is a TLK editor from stoffe that is capable of adding, searching, and modifying entries in dialog.tlk, and merge two .tlk files. It is used in the dialog and sound editing of the game Starwars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR). The application works with both KotOR1 and TSL, and can add new entries to a TLK file and edit or delete existing ones. Dialog.tlk is the file that contains all the standard text strings in the file, and links from the sound files to certain text strings. TSL is the language dialog file used for first-person shooter games, containing the strings of dialog that are displayed during gameplay. It allows the game to have multiple localizations for different languages. TLK files are located within the game installation directory and are often named dialog .tlk. TalKed can keep track of the file it has loaded, and allows editing of entries in the grid by a doubleclick.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .tlk files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .tlk. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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