.AR File Extension

File Type:
Unix Static Library

Having trouble opening .ar extension? Don't panic! This page explains what ar files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open ar files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is an AR file?

Ar file extension has Unix Static Library file type, which is associated with the "compressed files" category.

Archive contains one or multiple files that have been generated by the Unix archiver. The file may be applied for creating static libraries, employed by a GNU program linker.


To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
Unix Static Library
Compressed Files

How to open AR file?

Double click the ar file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .ar extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the ar extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the ar file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open AR files

  • MacOS MacOS
    • GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
  • Linux Linux
    • GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
    • The Unix archiver (ar) The Unix archiver (ar)

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the ar file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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