How to open ARC file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

ARC files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing ARC file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with ARC extension. However, it should be remembered that ARC file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is FreeArc Compressed Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning ARC files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with ARC extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • FreeArc Compressed Format

    .arc file extension

    Category: Archive Files

  • ARC Lossless Data Compression And Archive Format

    .arc file extension

    Category: Archive Files

    OS Software
    Windows Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010 Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
    Corel WinZip 15 Pro Corel WinZip 15 Pro
    PeaZip PeaZip
    E-merge WinAce E-merge WinAce
    Acubix PicoZip Acubix PicoZip
    ConeXware PowerArchiver ConeXware PowerArchiver
    MAC OS Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011 Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011
  • Norton Backup Archive Format

    .arc file extension

    Category: Archive Files

    OS Software
    Windows Symantec Norton 360 Version 5.0 Symantec Norton 360 Version 5.0
    Symantec Norton Online Backup Symantec Norton Online Backup
    MAC OS Symantec Norton Online Backup Symantec Norton Online Backup
  • Cabelas African Safari Data Format

    .arc file extension

    Category: Games Files

    OS Software
    Windows Activision Cabela's African Safari Activision Cabela's African Safari
  • Nintendo Archive Format

    .arc file extension

    Category: Database Files

    OS Software
    Windows Reggie! Level Editor Reggie! Level Editor
    Tanooki Tanooki
    SZS Modifier SZS Modifier

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from ARC files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning ARC extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning ARC extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the ARC file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports ARC file extension
  • ARC file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with ARC files


If ARC file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a ARC file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open ARC file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing ARC in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit ARC format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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