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Create, open, extract ARC files


PeaZip provides full read-write support (compressor, and extractor / opener) for FreeARC ARC/WRC files (create, convert, browse, test and extract) on Linux and Windows using FreeArc as backend executable.

Read also: what is .arc file format

As alternative utility for handling .arc files, FreeArc has its own graphical frontend available (as free Open Source tool) both for Linux and Windows.

Compress to ARC format

Use one of the following procedures to add files / folders to a new archive (single or separate - one for each input item) or into an existing .arc file

  • From the system's file explorer

    • Select files and folders and use context menu entry PeaZip, Add to archive: you will be prompted to archive creation screen, allowing to set compression settings, output destination, encryption (password protection), and other options.

  • From PeaZip

    • Select files and folders, and use Add button (or application's context menu entry of same name) to be prompted archive creation screen

    • Drag and drop files / folders from the system to a PeaZip instance; if you are browsing an existing archive you will be asked if you want to add files to the archive or create a new one

From main archive creation interface it is possible to apply encryption (recipient will need to enter a password to read/extract the archive), and to split file - set creation of multiple volumes declaring the maximum output size (spanned archive), in order to keep the output size below mandatory limits (e.g. upload or mail attachment size).
From "Advanced" tab, you can fine-tune more settings: encryption algorithm (Blowfish, Twofish, AES, Serpent), solid compression option, create recovery records, create self extracting archive (SFX) so recipient will not need an archive manager program to extract the data.

From "Console" and "Schedule" tab, the compression / backup task created in the GUI can be saved as command line script and (on Microsoft Windows operating system) scheduled for execution at fixed time intervals (hour, day of the week or of the month) - same apply for extraction / restore tasks, as the same tabs are featured in archive extraction interface.

Update existing ARC archive


To update existing archive, easiest way is to opening it in PeaZip and dragging files/folders to it, which will automatically activate update mode - can be changed into add mode in advanced tab.

To remove (delete) data from the archive, simply select items and press cancel or "Delete from archive" button. Deleted items will not be recoverable from recycle bin.
Entries in the context menu on the right of delete button allows to delete the entire archive in different supported ways (recycle, quick delete, overwrite with zeroes, secure delete shredding data to make the archive not recoverable)

How to convert ARC files


Convert ARC file to any format and vice-versa is possible using the integrated file converter procedure, clicking Convert button, which extracts and then re-pack input archive files, optionally keeping or deleting original archives.

More generally this makes possible to convert any type supported for reading (e.g. 7Z, ACE, ARC, CAB, PEA, RAR, TAR, ZIP, ZIPX...), even mixed extensions at once, into any write-supported format (7Z, ARC, PEA, TAR, ZIP...), either converting each single input archive to a single output archive, or consolidating all input files into a single output archive in the new format.

Open and extract ARC file

Follow one of the procedures described below to open (browse and search inside the archive) and/or decompress .ARC .WRC files using PeaZip as opener / extractor application

  • From the system

    • To view archive's content, open it in PeaZip with double click (if file extension is associated with the application), or using system context menu "Open as archive" entry, that will attempt to read any user provided file type regardless file type associations - this option is also available in PeaZip's context menu

    • Use context menu entry "Extract..." for full extraction screen GUI where to set output path and other options

    • Select one or more archives and use context menu entry Extract here or Extract here (to new folder) for quick extraction with no further confirmation

  • Within PeaZip utility

    • Extract button shows full featured archive extraction screen providing access to all options (password, set output path, open output path after extraction, keep or delete original archives, etc) and can send to extraction selected items only

    • Extract all to... button activate a simplified procedure only asking for output path

    • Simply drag & drop desired objects from the application to the system

    • Doubleclick on an archived file to open it in preview mode, i.e. to inspect its content before considering the need for real extraction

Currently, ARC file content is shown in flat view, meaning all files and folders are shown at once, and full path is reported in last column of the archive browser.

Manage encrypted ARC archives


To create, or extract, an encrypted .arc file, enter the password in PeaZip clicking the padlock icon extract encrypted arc file in the status bar (in the file/archive browser) or below output address field (in extraction or archiving interfaces), or click Tools > Enter password / keyfile in main menu, or press F9 accelerator key.

Ecryption algorithm can be changed in Archiving GUI, Advanced tab, supported cyphers are
  • AES256

  • Serpent 256

  • Twofish 256

  • Blowfish 448 bit (with 64 bit blocks)

"Keyfile" field is optional, leave it blank if you don't want to rely on two factor authentication - keyfile is the "what you have" element (needs to be handled safely), password (or passphrase) is the non-material  "what you know" element; both are needed for recovering the encrypted file content.
Use of keyfile increases security over password only encryption since also having access to the keyfile will be required to perform the extraction, eliminating the need of overly complex passwords to resist to social engineering profiling, and brute-forcing or dictionary attacks.



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