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List of common archive and compressed file extensions

Check out the list of some of the most common compressed file archive types. They are used to reduce the file size and save disk space.

Common archives may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change.
Whole category of archives contains now 1226 file types. Show all archive and compressed file types.

001 file icon 001 

A 001 file extension is used by some compression and archive utilities for first part of a split multi-volume archive. In order to extract the content of split archive, you first have to gather all its pieces and start the extraction of the first archive.

002 file icon 002 

A 002 file extension is used by some compression and archive utilities for one part of a split multi-volume archive. In order to extract the content of split archive, you first have to gather all its pieces and start the extraction of the first archive.

003 file icon 003 

An 003 file extension is used by several compression or split utilities for the third part of a multi-volume file. In order to extract the content of split archive, you first have to gather all its pieces and start the extraction of the first archive.

004 file icon 004 

An 004 file extension is frequently used for split or compressed multi-volume archives. In order to extract them, you need all volumes in single directory and use appropriate program.

005 file icon 005 

A 005 file extension is used by variety compression tools, such as 7-zip, WinRAR for multi-volume archives. A 005 file extension indicates the fifth part of the archive. You need all parts of the split archive to successfully extract all its contents.

006 file icon 006 

An 006 file extension is frequently used for split or compressed multi-volume archives. In order to extract them, you need all volumes in single directory and use appropriate program.

007 file icon 007 

An 007 file extension is used for compressed part of a multi-volume archive used by 7-Zip or WinRAR compression tools. In order to extract them, you need all volumes in single directory and use appropriate program.

008 file icon 008 

An 008 file extension is related to several archivers or compression tools, such as WinRAR. An 008 file stores 8 part of a multi-volume archive.

009 file icon 009 

A 009 file extension is associated with several archivers or compression tools, which are using, or did use in the past, a 009 file extension for its multi-volume archive files.

010 file icon 010 

A 010 file extension is used by some compression and archive utilities for 10th part of a split multi-volume archive. In order to extract the content of split archive, you first have to gather all its pieces and start the extraction of the first archive.

7z file icon 7z 

A 7z file extension is used for compressed archives created with the 7-Zip archive utility. 7-Zip archives are similar to RAR files, but are using different compression method. Most good archives are able to extract 7zip formats without trouble.

7z.001 file icon 7z.001 

A 7z.001 file extension is related to 7-Zip compression utility. A 7z.001 file stores first part of multi-volume 7-ZIP compressed file archive.

7z.002 file icon 7z.002 

A 7z.002 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume 7-ZIP compressed file archive (part 2).

7z.003 file icon 7z.003 

A 7z.003 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume 7-ZIP compressed file archives (part 3).

7z.004 file icon 7z.004 

A 7z.004 file extension is related to the 7-zip compression tool. A 7z.004 contains a part of split multi-volume 7-ZIP compressed file archives (part 4).

7zip file icon 7zip 

A 7zip file extension is related to the 7-zip compression file format. A 7zip file stores compressed data archive.

a00 file icon a00 

An a00 file extension is used for Split Multi-volume ARJ compressed file archives. An a00 represents second part of ARJ split archive. In order to unpack the multi-volume ARJ archive, you need to place ALL of the split parts in the same directory and start extraction of the first volume (arj). The program will automatically use all of the parts to extract the content of the archive.

a01 file icon a01 

An a01 file extension is related to ARJ archiving utility for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. An a01 file stores one part of a multi-volume ARJ archive.

a02 file icon a02 

The A02 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume ARJ compressed file archives (part 4).

a03 file icon a03 

The A03 file extension is related to the ARJ compression file format. The *.a03 file contains split multi-volume ARJ compressed file archive (part 5).

a04 file icon a04 Split Multi-volume ARJ compressed file archive (part 6)
a05 file icon a05 Split Multi-volume ARJ compressed file archive (part 7)
ace file icon ace 

An ace file extension is mainly used for compressed archives created with WinAce utility.

air file icon air 

An air file extension is associated with Adobe AIR runtime and used for Rich Internet Applications. Several Adobe application can work with air files.

 appxbundle 

Files with appxbundle extension can be typically found as app bundle packages for Windows 8.1 or 10.

 arc 

Files with arc suffix can be typically found as archives compressed using the ARC lossless data compression method, originally created by SAE. 

arj file icon arj 

Files with arj suffix are compressed archives created with ARJ archiver. These were very common in the past, later replaced by RAR and ZIP programs.

asec file icon asec 

An asec file extension is used for Android encrypted application packages. ASEC file format was introduced in Android 2.2 that is able to move applications on SD card installed in Android phone. Applications stored on SD Card use ASEC encryption as a prevent against modifying and corruption. ASEC encrypted applications can be run only on Android phone, where have been installed, or in Android SDK emulator. If you move application back from SD card to phone's local storage, Android decrypted the ASEC application file to standard APK application package.

 bar 

A bar file extension is related to the BlackBerry OS 10 operating system. A bar file contains app installation package for BlackBerry phones and devices.

 bin 

Files with bin suffix may also be found as archives in the Macbinary II encoded file format used on Macintosh computers.

c00 file icon c00 

A c00 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume ACE compressed file archives.

c01 file icon c01 

Files with C01 extension are mostly archives created and split using the WinACE compression software. C01 is the second part of a multi-volume ACE archive. You will need all the parts in order to decompress them.

c02 file icon c02 

Files with C02 extension can be found as one part of large ACE compressed archive.

c03 file icon c03 

Files with C03 extension might be found as one part of large split compressed ACE archive.

 cab 

A cab file extension is commonly used for compressed archives found in Microsoft Windows operating system.

cbr file icon cbr 

A cbr file extension is used for a popular comic ebook format. CBR is basically a rar file that contains several images (usually JPGs) that can opened in comic books viewer as a sequence of screens.

cbz file icon cbz 

A cbz file extension is used for popular comics e-book format based on ZIP compression. It's basically a renamed zip that contains several or more images that can be viewed in comic readers in a slideshow mode.

cso file icon cso 

A cso file extension is used for a common disk format for Sony Playstation, similar to ISO. Very often used for backups of game disks. CSO format needs a special customized firmware so PSP can read them.

deb file icon deb 

Files with deb extension can be mainly found as Debian distribution packages - compressed archives for Debian Linux operating system. Some archiving utilities, such as 7-zip, are also able to extract the content of DEB packages.

dlc file icon dlc 

A dlc file extension is used for encrypted container that contains download links, which can be opened in JDwonloader. Same way, users can save their download list as dlc file and share it to someone else.

gz file icon gz 

A gz file extension is associated with the GZIP (GNU ZIP) compression archive format. A gz file stores compressed archive.

 gzip 

Files with gzip extension an be usually found as compressed file archives using GNU ZIP tool. Most modern tools can extract these files.

hqx file icon hqx 

Files with hqx extension are archives in Macintosh BinHex archive format. Used mainly in previous versions of Mac OS operating system.

inv file icon inv 

Files with inv extension are mostly related to the Microsoft Windows Update service.

ipa file icon ipa 

An ipa file extension is generally used for application packages downloaded from Apple iTunes app store. The IPA is a container format that contains app installations.

isz file icon isz 

An isz file extension is used for a compressed disk image format from the makers of UltraISO. It's a somewhat rare file format and most programs do not support it.

jar file icon jar 

A jar file extension is commonly used for Java archives, which often contain applets or applications. Used for java application distribution/installation purposes.

msu file icon msu 

An msu file extension is commonly used for installation packages for Windows Update in Vista and later. Opening the file results in opening of Windows Update service and installation of its content.

nbh file icon nbh 

An nbh file extension is used for files that contain ROM upgrade data for HTC smartphones. Used for firmware update purposes.

 pak 

The pak file extension is traditionally used for package files. These files are used in many programs and especially in computer games. A typical .pak file can contain various resources used in the game, such as graphics or sounds. Can be extracted with specialized tools and sometimes with common archivers.

part1.exe file icon part1.exe 

A part1.exe file extension is related to first part of Split Multi-volume RAR compressed self-extracting file archive.

part1.rar file icon part1.rar 

A part1.rar file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archive (part 1) files.

part2.rar file icon part2.rar 

A part2.rar file extension is related to the WinRAR compression tool for Microsoft Windows. A part2.rar file stores second part of split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archive.

r00 file icon r00 

An r00 file extension is related to WinRAR data compression tool. A r00 file stores second part of  split multi-volume RAR compressed archive.

r01 file icon r01 

An r01 file extension is traditionally used for older RAR split multi volume archives. A single archive split to many pieces so they could be more easily downloaded / transferred. In the days of floppy disks, this was a pretty common practice. An r01 represents the second part, the first having rar/exe file extension. In order to extract the content of this archive, you first need to put all pieces to single directory and extract the first archive.

r02 file icon r02 

The R02 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archive (part 4) files.

r03 file icon r03 

The *.R03 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archives (part 5).

r04 file icon r04 

The *.r04 file extension is related to the split multi-volume RAR compressed file archives (part 6).

r05 file icon r05 

The *.R05 file extension is related to the WinRAR a compression tool for Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux. The *.r05 file contains a seventh part of split multi-volume RAR compressed file archive (part 7).

r06 file icon r06 

The R06 file extension is related to WinRAR compression tool for Microsoft Windows. The *.r06 file stores split multi-volume RAR compressed file archive (part 8).

r07 file icon r07 

The R07 file extension is related to the split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archives (part 9).

r08 file icon r08 

The R08 file extension is related to the split multi-volume RAR compressed file archives (part 10).

r09 file icon r09 

The r09 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archive (part 11).

r10 file icon r10 

An r10 file extension is related to the Split Multi-volume RAR compressed file archive (part 12) file.

rar file icon rar 

Files with rar suffix are compressed archives made using any of the RAR or WinRAR compression utilities. Along with ZIP format, RAR format is one of the most common formats used and as such can be extracted by almost every archiving tool.

rpm file icon rpm 

Files with rpm extension can be typically found as program installation packages for the Linux Package Manager which is used to install new apps in Linux.

 sis 

An sis file extension is used for installation files for Symbian applications mainly used on Nokia Smartphones. SIS is abbreviation for Symbian Installation Source. An sis package contains all data needed to install Symbian app.

 sisx 

Files with sisx suffix can be typically found as executable installation files for mostly Symbian based mobile phones (Nokia, Motorola, Samsung).

sit file icon sit 

A sit file extension is related to StuffIt Expander archive file format. A sit file stores archive.

 sitd StuffIT archive file
 sitx 

A sitx file extension is used for compressed files created with StuffIt archiver, an advanced compression software developed by Smith Micro Software.

 tar 

A tar file extension is related to Unix archive file format known as TAR. A tar file contains multiple files stored as one archive.

 tar.gz 

Files with tar.gz extension can be found as Gzip compressed TAR archives. Typical on Unix based operating platforms.

 tgz 

Files with tgz suffix are Gzip compressed TAR archives which are commonly found on Unix-based operating system.

uax file icon uax 

An uax file extension is used for audio files in games based on Unreal game engine, like Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Unreal II, etc.

webarchive file icon webarchive 

webarchive file extension is associated with the Safari web browser. Safari uses webarchive files to store saved complete web pages including multimedia content, such as videos, sounds, pictures etc for later viewing without connection to Internet.

xap file icon xap 

Files with xap extension are mainly related to Windows Phone apps and Microsoft Silverlight installation resource files. Used for Silverlight apps.

z01 file icon z01 

A z01 file extension is used for the 2.part of multi volume ZIP archive. In order to extract the archive, you will need all its parts. ZIP files can be extracted in most archiving tools.

z02 file icon z02 

A z02 file extension is related to WinZIP and used for its Split Multi-volume ZIP compressed file archives (part 3).

z03 file icon z03 

A z03 file extension is related to the WinZip compression tool for Windows and Mac and used for part 4 of split multi-volume ZIP compressed file archive.

z04 file icon z04 

A z04 file extension is related to the WinZip compression tool and used for its 5th part of split multi-volume ZIP compressed file archive.

z05 file icon z05 

A z05 file extension is related to the WinZip compression tool for Windows and Mac. A z05 file stores 6th part of split multi-volume ZIP compressed file archive.

 zab 

Files with the zab extension can be found as special audio books saved in the Zipped Audio Book file format.

zip file icon zip 

A zip file extension is associated with the WinZip compression tool. ZIP file is compressed archive container that contains archived files, compressed in ZIP compression format. Common archive format that can be extracted with any archiving tool.

This is a list of some the most common file types from this category and may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change. Whole category of archives contains now 1226 file types. Show all archive and compressed files.

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