I have a Contacts.arc file which took from a nokia phone as a back-up of contacts.Now my mobile is lost and i want to see some numbers.Is there any application to open .arc file in ubuntu?. I searched in google but didn't get any answer.


You may be able to use NbuExplorer (an open-source Windows application) to view the contents of the file.

I was able to run it in Ubuntu by installing the Mono Visual Basic Compiler (VB.NET) Install mono-vbnc (sudo apt-get install mono-vbnc) and then running mono NbuExplorer.exe. I don't have an .arc file to test this any further.

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  • But i don't have windows.. – Abdul Shajin May 19 '11 at 17:14
  • @Abdul Please see my updated answer. – ændrük May 19 '11 at 17:58
  • Hi, genius..Its worked :) :) – Abdul Shajin May 19 '11 at 19:30

nomarch is available for ubuntu and details is provided in nomarch Ubuntu Manual page.

To install nomarch

sudo apt-get install nomarch

Basic Info:


   nomarch - extract ‘.arc’ archives


   nomarch [-hlptUv] [archive.arc] [match1 [match2 ... ]]


   nomarch  lists,  extracts,  or  tests  ‘.arc’  archives.  (An alternate
   extension sometimes used was ‘.ark’; these work too.) This  is  a  very
   outdated  file  format  which should certainly not be used for anything
   new, but you may still need an extraction utility, and here it is. :-)

   The default action is to extract all files in  the  specified  archive;
   see OPTIONS below for how to do other things instead.
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nomarch did not work for me(my file is .arc) : nomarch: bad first header - not a .arc file?

FreeArc did : http://freearc.org/

it should work find if you are x86 (32-bit) sysytem.(check with uname -a)

I use x86_64(64-bit) system, which is not supported by FreeArc.

I solved the problem by running FreeArc's Windows version under wine.

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  • my .arc file is a Windows based PC game archive – cstsangac Feb 18 '15 at 11:48

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