I was wondering if there is any way to change the main menu music in Portal 2

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    Turn the music volume off and play Spotify in the background. It's my solution for most games where the music annoys me (plus it allows for a bigger music library, e.g. for Civ, I have a playlist of all Civilization soundtracks)
    – Flater
    Nov 9, 2017 at 13:40

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If you can find the file for the music than yes, I have done this before with the game Counter Strike Nexon Zombies.

If you find the games directory, im imagining you have a steam installation so it will be something like, Steam/steamapps/common/Portal 2

If you can search through the directory and find the file for the main menu music, take the file cut it and paste in a SAFE location, it is very important you do not delete this file, also open something like a notepad document quickly and write down the name of this file.

Now take the song you want to replace it with, make sure it is the same format (http://online-audio-converter.com/ incase you have to conver it)

Then move this file to the same location that you found the main menu music in the portal 2 directory and rename the song to the EXACT SAME name as the portal 2 main menu music, so if the original music is called mainmenu.wav your song must be called mainmenu.wav and also be a wav file.

Then run the game and if all has gone well than it should work, if not than I am sorry.

  • If it is on Steam, it's not SO important to write down the filename or keep a backup. It might be a wise idea, but worst case scenario you can always re-validate the files.
    – Steve-O
    Nov 9, 2017 at 15:31
  • Well it saves having to verify files etc, its also better to keep it to revert it back quickly. I have had issues before with changing things like this and my game breaking entirely if i re-install it, so I always adivse caution. Nov 9, 2017 at 16:49
  • Steam itself will probably fix it when it find out that the file has been modified. Jan 22, 2020 at 16:17
  • This will not work as Portal 2 uses .vpk archives for everything including music. May 10, 2020 at 18:21

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