Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

RC may refer to any of the following:

1. Short for release candidate, RC is a version of a software program that is still being tested, but is ready to be released. If no major issues are found in the release candidate, then it is released to the public.


When software enters the RC stage of the software release life cycle, it's often called going silver. The next stage would be going gold.

2. Abbreviation for remote connection, see the remote access definition for further information about this term.

3. Short for remote control, RC is anything that can be controlled wirelessly by a remote. The first RC device was created by Nikola Tesla.

4. In Unix-like operating systems such as Linux, rc is a file name extension which stands for "run commands." An rc file contains several statements or commands, one per line, to be executed or evaluated by the shell. Its purpose is to configure the environment and prepare the system to run specific software.

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