The etching technology for 4H-silicon carbide (SiC) was studied using ClF3 gas at 673-973K, 100 % and atmospheric pressure in a horizontal reactor. The etch rate, greater than 10 um/min, can be obtained for both the C-face and Si-face at substrate temperatures higher than 723 K. The etch rate increases with the increasing ClF3 gas flow rate. The etch rate of the Si-face is smaller than that of the C-face. The etched surface of the Si-face shows many hexagonal-shaped etch pits. The C-face after the etching is very smooth with a very small number of round shaped shallow pits. The average roughness of the etched surface tends to be small at the higher temperatures.