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How Do I Extract an ARC File Format

March 28, 2013  |  Difficulty: Easy

FreeArc© application to unpack a compressed ARC file

ARC is a very popular archival and lossless data compression system. If you receive or download the data compressed by the ARC archiver, you will have to install a third-party application to extract them. There are various tools and software available on the Internet that enable decompressing an ARC file. This article explains how to download, install and use the FreeArc© application to unpack a compressed ARC file.

Extracting an ARC archive:

  1. Launch your Internet browser and go to the FreeArc© download site.
  2. Click on the “download (X.X MB)” link for your operating system in the table and save the setup file on your hard drive.
  3. Run the installation file. On the welcome screen, click on the “Next” button.
  4. Read the license agreement and click on the “I Agree” button.
  5. Specify the folder location and click on the “Next” button.
  6. Specify which features you want to have installed and click on the “Install” button.
  7. When the installation process finishes, click on the “Finish” button.
  8. Launch the application and click on the “Open Archive” icon on the main navigation bar. Locate the “*.arc” file on your hard drive and click on the “Open” button.
  9. Click on the “Extract” button on the main navigation bar.
  10. Specify the output directory and click on the “OK” button.


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