Files with rar suffix are compressed archives made using any of the RAR or WinRAR compression utilities. Along with ZIP format, RAR format is one of the most common formats used and as such can be extracted by almost every archiving tool.

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the RAR file extension!

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RAR file extension - WinRAR RAR compressed archive

What is rar file? How to open rar files?

File type specification:

Backup file type icon Backup file type

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

rar file icon: rar filetype icon

File extension rar is most likely best known for for its use for a compressed archive format created by RAR as well as it's successor WinRAR file archiver.

The original program was available for MS_DOS only, but the never versions are available for every version of Windows and even for some other platforms, such as Linux or Mac.

Similar to other compressed file archive formats, .rar files are data containers, that store one or several files and folders in compressed form. Compressed data can be in one single file or multiple splitted files (eg. archive.rar, archvie.r01,archive.r02 etc.).

In WinRAR you can split a huge archive to a few smaller files, which are called volumes. If you need to unpack rar multi-volumes, place all them to the same folder and start extraction from the first volume.

RAR archives can be also password protected.

MIME types used for rar files:
application/rar
application/x-rar-compressed

The default software associated to rar file type:

WinRAR icon

win.rar GmbH logo WinRAR  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  win.rar GmbH

WinRAR is a popular file compression and archive utility. Along with WinZip and 7-Zip is one of the most common compression programs for Windows. Its native format is as the name implies RAR and uses rar file extension.

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

WinRAR is also able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. It consistently makes smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs. WinRAR offers a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface.

RAR for Mac OS X icon

win.rar GmbH logo RAR for Mac OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  win.rar GmbH

RAR for Mac OS X is command line tool used to create and extract RAR archives.

RAR for Linux icon

win.rar GmbH logo RAR for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  win.rar GmbH

Rar for Linux is command line utility used to create and extract RAR archives.

RAR for Android icon

win.rar GmbH logo RAR for Android  Google Android software

Company or developer:
  win.rar GmbH

RAR for Android is quick compression program, archiver, assistant, extractor, manager and even a basic file explorer.

It is able to create RAR and ZIP and unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives. List of functions include repair command for damaged ZIP and RAR files.

Archiver for Windows Phone icon

Archiver for Windows Phone  Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile software

Company or developer:
  Tom Myles

Archiver is a little program to help bring full productivity to your new Windows Phone 8 device, it supports all different archives in the following formats like zip, rar, tar, 7z et.

Related articles:

Useful information about multi-volume archives

How to open RAR files on Mac

How to open and extract RAR file

Help how to open RAR files:

Most modern file archivers support the RAR format on all operating systems. The default program for RAR archive format is the WinRAR or RAR for Mac.

How to convert file with extension RAR:

You can extract .rar archives and repack RAR format to different archive format simply by extracting the contents of the archive and compressing them after to different format.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 52 61 72 21 1A 07 00
ASCII code: Rar!

List of software applications associated to the .rar file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open rar file, edit rar file, convert rar file, view rar file, play rar file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

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Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the rar files.

  • Open rar file
  • Save rar file
  • Edit rar file
  • Convert rar file
  • Create rar file
  • Import rar file
  • Export rar file
  • Extract rar file
  • Recover rar file

Software that open rar file - WinRAR RAR compressed archive

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open rar file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with rar file by default:
WinRAR small icon WinRAR
Other suggested software:
B1 Free Archiver small icon B1 Free Archiver
ALZip small icon ALZip
PeaZip small icon PeaZip
IZArc small icon IZArc
FilZip

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with rar file by default:
RAR for Mac OS X small icon RAR for Mac OS X
Other suggested software:
sArchiver small icon sArchiver
StuffIt Expander for Mac small icon StuffIt Expander for Mac
The Unarchiver small icon The Unarchiver
ALZip for Mac small icon ALZip for Mac

Linux/Unix:

Main software associated with rar file by default:
RAR for Linux small icon RAR for Linux
Other suggested software:
Xarchiver small icon Xarchiver

Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices):

Google Android:

Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile:

Blackberry mobile phones and devices:

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