ARC (Internet Archive)

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File Format
Name ARC (Internet Archive)
Extension(s) .arc
LoCFDD fdd000235
PRONOM x-fmt/219, fmt/410
Released 1996

The Internet Archive ARC format is different from and not compatible with the (at one point) better-known ARC format popular on bulletin board systems in the 1980s (nowadays, the Internet Archive one may be better-known in the archiving community, while neither format is probably well known to the general public). It consists of a series of uncompressed files or data streams (taken directly as received from the Web or another source) combined in a single file with headers giving the original location (URL) from which the data was retrieved, and the archive date.

The Internet Archive ARC format has a successor format, WARC (ISO 28500:2009, Information and documentation -- WARC file format).

By default the Internet Archive crawler, Heritrix, creates records in zipped form, using gzip, with extension arc.gz. An ARC file in zipped form has each ARC record individually zipped and concatenated.


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