What is a .RC File And How To Open It – Microsoft


Have you came across a file with the .rc extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .rc file extension and how to open it.

What is a .RC file?

The .RC file extension comes from Resource Script. The creator of this file extension is Microsoft. The format of this development related file is text.

What to know

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

How to open a .RC file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .RC file on various operating systems.

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

The .rc file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Resource Hacker software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Resource Hacker software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .RC 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Resource Hacker software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .RC file?

If you are still unable to open the .RC file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .RC file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .rc1 – Samsung, .rc2 – Microsoft, .rc2 – Samsung, .rcc – Autodesk, .rcd – Symantec. 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 .RC file with the Resource Hacker program on Windows.