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What are RSRC files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RSRC file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your RSRC files.

What is a RSRC file?

RSRC files have multiple uses, and BeOS Resource data is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

BeOS Resource data

BeOS was an operating system for personal computers first developed by Be Inc. in 1990. RSRC files on this operating system are resource files containing graphics, localized text, and other assets used by various applications.

How to open RSRC files

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

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

Last updated: July 31, 2023

All known file formats using extension .RSRC

While BeOS Resource data is a popular type of RSRC-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .RSRC file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Macintosh Resource File

The file format was initially created in 1978 for use with the pre-Macintosh Apple Lisa computers. An RSRC file contains a library of information that is used by the Macintosh OS operating system. This file format made it possible for the Mac OS to separate graphics and text in a file through the use of data and resource forks.

RSRC files are also used in the Apple Xcode environment to develop programs for Mac OS versions 9 and earlier. RSRC files may also contain system themes for the Mac OS X interface.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
IconLoverIconLoverUser submitted
Axialis IconWorkshopAxialis IconWorkshopUser submitted
ArtIcons ProArtIcons ProUser submitted
Microsoft Office Picture ManagerMicrosoft Office Picture ManagerUser submitted
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Icon CraftIcon CraftUser submitted
DeckToolsDeckToolsUser submitted
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Metrowerks CodeWarriorMetrowerks CodeWarriorDiscontinued

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