What is a .ARC File And How To Open It – Nokia (Easy Guide)

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Have you came across a file with the .arc extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .arc file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .ARC file?

The file extension .ARC comes from Symbian OS Backup File. It was developed by Nokia. This backup file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .arc file on 1 platform.

How to open a .ARC file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .ARC file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .ARC file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .arc file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the NbuExplorer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Nokisoft Noki and NbuExplorer.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ARC file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the NbuExplorer software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .ARC file?

If you cannot open the .ARC file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ARC file.arc – Symantec, .arc – System Enhancement Associates, .arc – Activision, .arc – Nintendo. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .ARC file with the NbuExplorer, Nokisoft Noki programs on Windows.