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ARCINFO File Extension

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What is ARCINFO file?

ARCINFO is a file extension commonly associated with ArcInfo Info files. ArcInfo Info specification was created by Esri. ARCINFO files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. ARCINFO file belongs to the GIS Files category just like 255 other filename extensions listed in our database. ArcInfo supports ARCINFO files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 1 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Esri developer not only will you find detailed information about theArcInfo software, but also about ARCINFO and other supported file formats.

Programs which support ARCINFO file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support ARCINFO files. Files with ARCINFO suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support ARCINFO file

How to open file with ARCINFO extension?

Being unable to open files with ARCINFO extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with ARCINFO extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with ARCINFO files.

Step 1. Install ArcInfo software

Install software to open ARCINFO file Problems with opening and working with ARCINFO files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with ARCINFO files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select ArcInfo or one of the recommended programs (for example, ERDAS IMAGINE) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading ArcInfo installed is by going to developer’s website (Esri) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update ArcInfo to the latest version

Update software that support file extension ARCINFOYou still cannot access ARCINFO files although ArcInfo is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why ARCINFO files are not compatible with ArcInfo. The most recent version of ArcInfo is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate ArcInfo Info files with ArcInfo

After installing ArcInfo (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open ARCINFO files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with ARCINFO file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the ARCINFO file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where ArcInfo is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open ARCINFO files and clicking OK.
Associate software with ARCINFO file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with ARCINFO extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select ArcInfo and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with ARCINFO extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the ARCINFO file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ARCINFO file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check ARCINFO file for viruses
1. Check the ARCINFO file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the ARCINFO file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the ARCINFO file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the ARCINFO file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the ARCINFO file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic ARCINFO file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with ARCINFO extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open ArcInfo

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support ARCINFO files. Close all running programs and try opening the ARCINFO file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with ArcInfo Info files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle ARCINFO files.

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