What is a .ASC File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Visual Guide)


While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .asc extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .asc file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .ASC file?

The file extension .ASC is Autodesk ASCII Export File. This file extension belongs to the developer Autodesk. The format of this text related file is text.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .asc file on 1 platform.

How to open a .ASC file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .ASC file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .asc file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ASC file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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 Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .ASC file?

If you are still unable to open the .ASC file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ASC file.asc – PGP, .asc – Adobe Systems, .asc – Linear Technology. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .ASC file with the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 program on Windows.