.ASC File Extension
File Type 1PGP ASCII Armored File
What is an ASC file?
An ASC file is an armored ASCII file used by Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), an encryption program utilized for secure communication. It contains a digitally signed message and may store plain-text written information, as well as binary information encoded as text. ASC files also include a key as clear-signed text, which can be verified using PGP authentication methods.
The ASC file is commonly used for posting online security notices as well as securely transmitting messages via email and text. Since ASC files can contain textual representations of binary information, they may be larger in size than the original pre-encoded file. However, this tradeoff is usually worth the overhead for verifying the source and content of transmitted information.
NOTE: In 2010, Symantec acquired PGP and was integrated into the company's Enterprise Security Group.
File Type 2Autodesk ASCII Export File
.ASC File Association 2
Text file containing geometric shapes and points information; exported by various Autodesk programs; saves data in a text format, which is more compatible with other programs.
File Type 3ActionScript Communication File
.ASC File Association 3
Script written in ActionScript, a programming language used to control Flash-based applications; contains code that is executed by the Flash Media Server hosting software; used for controlling application events, such as loading Flash applications, communicating with other servers, accessing resources, and streaming multimedia content.
ASC files may be generated by Adobe Media Encoder (included with Adobe's Creative Suite) or the free Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder. They may be used by either Flash Media Streaming Server (for simple applications) or Flash Media Interactive Server (for applications that require multiway communication).
By default, Flash Media Server executes the file main.asc when it runs an application.
File Type 4ASCII Text File
.ASC File Association 4
Plain text file stored in the ASCII format.
File Type 5LTspice Circuit Schematic File
.ASC File Association 5
CAD file created by LTspice, a Spice III circuit simulation application; stores a circuit schematic, which contains the circuit layout, symbols (components stored in .ASY files), and connections; used for simulating a circuit in the software.