Files with rc extension can be mainly found as C/C++ resource scripts from Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment for Windows applications.

There are 4 other file types using
the RC file extension!

empty icon.rc - GNU Emacs configuration record file

rc icon.rc - Mozilla (Netscape) subscription information file

empty icon.rc - Left 4 Dead game data

empty icon.rc - LabVIEW configuration data

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RC file extension - Microsoft Visual Studio Visual C/C++ resource script

What is rc file? How to open rc files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

rc file icon: rc filetype icon

File extension rc is associated with C/C++ programming language.

In most cases, .rc files are used for resource script files by various software compilers and contain instructions on how to compile the program source files.

RC resource script file contains statements that define all of the items that will be included in the compiled binary resource file. Each statement describes a resource item, along with an identifier (ID) and any additional parameters (which vary according to the type of resource).

A resource script can even reference a resource item that is stored in a separate file, such as a bitmap or icon.

rc file extension is also used by other programs, such as Resource Workshop or PowerBASIC for their resource script files.

The default software associated to open rc file:

RAD Studio icon

Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. logoRAD Studio  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.

RAD Studio is the fastest way to develop cross-platform Native Apps with flexible Cloud services and broad IoT connectivity. It provides powerful VCL controls for Windows 10 and enables FMX development for Windows, Mac and Mobile. RAD Studio supports Delphi or C++ with a wide array of services for Enterprise Strong Development.

Microsoft Visual Studio icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Visual Studio  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create applications for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, .NET Framework, Silverlight as well as dynamic websites and web applications. Visual Studio is available for Windows and Mac.

Help how to open:

Use any text editor or specialised application able to work with Microsoft Visual C++ to work with the .rc files.

How to convert:

There is no way how to convert .rc files to other formats.

List of software applications associated to the .rc file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open rc file, edit rc file, convert rc file, view rc file, play rc file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting rc files.

Software that open rc file - Microsoft Visual Studio Visual C/C++ resource script

Programs supporting the exension rc on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open rc file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with rc file by default:
RAD Studio small icon RAD Studio
Other suggested software:
Resource Workshop
Sublime Text small icon Sublime Text
Atom small icon Atom
NotePad++ text editor small icon NotePad++ text editor
PSPad small icon PSPad
C++ Builder small icon C++ Builder

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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