The File Extensions Database

.ARC File Extension

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

What is an .ARC file?

.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.

Programs that open 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 They are rarely used now and have been replaced by newer, more efficient compression algorithms.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.

Programs that open 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.

Programs that open 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.

Programs that open Symbian OS Backup File
Nokia PC Suite
Nokisoft Noki

How to solve problems with ARC files

  • Associate the ARC file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any ARC file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.ARC files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the ARC file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .ARC is Norton Backup Archive. Because only the current version supports the latest ARC file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Symantec manufacturer website after an available .ARC is Norton Backup Archive update.
  • To make sure that your ARC file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.