ARD File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ARD file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ARD files.

What is an ARD file?

The ARD file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different programs may use the ARD file type for different types of data.

While we do not yet describe the ARD file format and its common uses, we do know which programs are known to open these files, as we receive dozens of suggestions from users like yourself every day about specific file types and which programs they use to open them.

We are continually working on adding more file type descriptions to the site, so if you have information about ARD files that you think will help others, please use the Update Info link below to submit it to us - we'd love to hear from you!

How to open ARD files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ARD for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different ARD openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of ARD files. Remember, different programs may use ARD files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Audible Download ManagerAudible Download ManagerUser submitted
AlphacamAlphacamUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
ArchiCrypt Ultimate RAM-DiskArchiCrypt Ultimate RAM-DiskUser submitted
Esko ArtiosCADEsko ArtiosCADUser submitted
Materials StudioMaterials StudioUser submitted
ArdoraArdoraUser submitted
ArtiosCADArtiosCADUser submitted
ArtiosCAD ViewerArtiosCAD ViewerUser submitted
Studio ToolkitStudio ToolkitUser submitted

Try a universal file viewer

Try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and most likely yours too. Download Free File Viewer here.

We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!