.ARC File Extension

.ARC File Extension

File Type 1

Norton Backup Archive

Developer Symantec
Popularity
4.0  |  136 Votes
Category Backup Files
Format Binary

What is an ARC file?

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

More Information

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.

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Programs that open ARC files

Updated July 30, 2019
File Type 2

Compressed File Archive

Developer System Enhancement Associates
Popularity
3.7  |  49 Votes
Category Compressed Files
Format Binary

What is an ARC file?

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

More Information

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 However, they are rarely used now and have been replaced by newer, more efficient compression algorithms.

NOTE: 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 ARC files

Updated July 30, 2019
File Type 3

African Safari Data File

Developer Activision
Popularity
3.7  |  24 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is an ARC file?

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.

More Information

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

Programs that open ARC files

Windows
Activision Cabela's African Safari
Updated March 1, 2007
File Type 4

Symbian OS Backup File

Developer Nokia
Popularity
3.4  |  25 Votes
Category Backup Files
Format Binary

What is an ARC file?

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.

More Information

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

Programs that open ARC files

Windows
Updated August 12, 2015
File Type 5

Nintendo Archive File

Developer Nintendo
Popularity
3.6  |  22 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Binary

What is an ARC file?

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 ARC files

Updated August 12, 2014

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