File Extension Library

.ARC File Extension

  • Developer by: Symantec
  • Category: Backup Files
  • Format: Binary

What are .ARC files and how to open them?

Can't open .ARC file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .ARC file.

What is a .ARC file extension?

.ARC file extension is created by Symantec. .ARC has been classified as Backup Files. The format of .ARC file is Binary.

.ARC is Norton Backup Archive

Backup file created by Norton software products, such as Norton 360 and Norton Online Backup; contains a backup of computer files created automatically by the software; may include personal user files as well as system files.

ARC files are used for storing and recovering files in the event of accidental deletion or system failure. They may be backed up to an off-site location using Norton Online Backup.

NOTE: Since ARC files can include all personal and system files, they may be very large in size.

List of all softwares that can open the Norton Backup Archive
Symantec Norton 360 Version 6.0
Symantec Norton Online Backup
Symantec Norton Online Backup
File Type 2 Compressed File Archive
Developer by: System Enhancement Associates Category: Compressed Files Format: Binary

Compressed file archive created either as a Macintosh Hierarchical File System (HFS) archive or an MS-DOS archive using standard MS-DOS compression; contains a collection of compressed files, each being compressed potentially with a different compression technique.

ARC files were commonly used in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are rarely used now and have been replaced by newer, more efficient compression algorithms.

While ARC files were used primarily for MS-DOS and older versions of Macintosh computers, several current programs can still open them, such as StuffIt and WinZip.

List of all softwares that can open the Compressed File Archive
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Corel WinZip 23
E-merge WinAce
Acubix PicoZip
ConeXware PowerArchiver
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver
File Type 3 African Safari Data File
Developer by: Activision Category: Game Files

Contains music, images, and other data used by Cabela's African Safari; named "data.arc" and is located in the /PSP_GAME/USRDIR/ directory on Sony PSP discs; Cabela's African Safari is available for Windows PC, Xbox, Playstation 2, and PSP.

The DATA.ARC file is referenced by the African Safari game and should not be manually opened by the user.

File Type 4 Nintendo Archive File
Developer by: Nintendo Category: Data Files Format: Binary

Archive file used by Nintendo games; contains game properties, such as images, textures, objects, and levels; typically stored within ROMs; can be edited to customize gameplay.

List of all softwares that can open the Nintendo Archive File
Reggie! Level Editor
SZS Modifier
File Type 5 Symbian OS Backup File
Developer by: Nokia Category: Backup Files Format: Binary

Backup file created for mobile devices that use the Symbian open source operating system; contains both personal and system backup data from the mobile device; used for restoring data in the event it is lost.

Example ARC files include backup.arc, Messages.arc, Calendars.arc, and Bookmarks.arc.

List of all softwares that can open the Symbian OS Backup File
Nokia PC Suite
Nokisoft Noki

How to fix problems with .ARC files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .ARC files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .ARC file format
  2. You need to check the .ARC file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)