ASC File Extension

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ASCII Text Format
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What is ASC file?

ASC file contains set of ASCII-encoded characters. It can be a text, as well as type of data unreadable to humans. ASC files can be used by simple applications for storing data. ASC files are also used to store unformatted ASCII text data.

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) is a character encoding standard that uses 7-bit code and can encode up to 128 characters or instructions. Each number from 0 to 127 encodes a symbol or character, from 95 of which are printable characters. Those are:

  • A-Z: upper-case letters of the Latin alphabet,
  • a-z: lower-case letter of the Latin alphabet,
  • 0-9: digits,
  • Operators and brackets,
  • Punctuation marks,
  • Special characters.

Most control characters are outdated as they were used by teleprinters. Most modern encoding systems are derived from ASCII system, including UTF-8, which replaced it as the standard encoding for the internet in 2008.

ASC does not have the capability to encode diacritical or special characters beyond those used in basic American English. ASCII encoding history goes back 1960s and the telegraph code from which it was derived, and as such is not sufficent for the needs of the internet and computer users. However, ASC files are still used for storing various type of data, keys, email singatures, or for creating ASCII-ART projects, which are images created using only ASCII characters.

Programs that support ASC file

Conversion of a ASC file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the ASC extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of ASC file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from ASC extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to ASC file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the ASC file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the ASC file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the ASC file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the ASC file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the ASC file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the ASC file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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