Open rar file

rar file icon Did your computer fail to open rar file? We explain what rar files are and recommend software that we know can open your rar files.

What is rar file?

Files with rar extension 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.

rar file description

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 WinRar rar archives:

Software that will open rar file


One of the oldest and most popular shareware file archiver and data compression utility

RAR for Linux

Linux version of popular file archiver

RAR for Mac

A Mac version of popular RAR program

Other rar file extensions

rar - Java JCA Resource Adapter module

Files with rar file extension are also occasionally found as files in aa special Java JCA Resource Adapter module file format.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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