.ASC File Extension

.ASC File Extension

File Type 1

PGP ASCII Armored File

Developer PGP
Popularity
4.0  |  146 Votes
Category Encoded Files
Format Text

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.

More Information

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.

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Programs that open ASC files

Updated May 16, 2019
File Type 2

Autodesk ASCII Export File

Developer Autodesk
Popularity
3.6  |  32 Votes
Category Text Files
Format Text

What is an ASC file?

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.

Programs that open ASC files

Windows
Mac
Updated April 8, 2010
File Type 3

ActionScript Communication File

Developer Adobe Systems
Popularity
3.7  |  30 Votes
Category Developer Files
Format Text

What is an ASC file?

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.

More Information

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.

Programs that open ASC files

Windows
Updated April 8, 2010
File Type 4

ASCII Text File

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.6  |  21 Votes
Category Text Files
Format Text

What is an ASC file?

Plain text file stored in the ASCII format.

Programs that open ASC files

Windows
Mac
Linux
Updated 2006
File Type 5

LTspice Circuit Schematic File

Developer Linear Technology
Popularity
3.5  |  17 Votes
Category CAD Files
Format Text

What is an ASC file?

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.

Programs that open ASC files

Updated March 10, 2011

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