REC File Type

- The quick facts

What are REC files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a REC file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a REC file?

Files that contain the .rec file extension are most commonly associated with the Topfield PVR digital video recorders. When a Topfield PVR digital video recorder creates a video file, that file is saved with the .rec file extension.

The REC file format is a proprietary file format that is also referred to as a Toppy file. REC files are compressed, which allows for added file space on the PRR digital recorder drive.

The ARCserve software application has also been known to use the .rec file suffix. These ARC filees contain archivation protocol files that are used by the software.

The Easy CD Creator also uses the .rec file extension. These REC files contain back up and recovery files that allow a user to restore lost or corrupt data on their hard drive.

How to open REC files

Important: Different programs may use files with the REC file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your REC file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: January 19, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension REC

While we know of one file format using the .REC file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .REC file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
MixPadMixPadUser submitted
MixPad Audio MixerMixPad Audio MixerUser submitted
WavePadWavePadUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
RealOne PlayerRealOne PlayerUser submitted