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How to open .rar file extension?

File Type : Archive file type
Compatible with (WinXP,Vista,Win7,Win8 and Win10)

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What is .rar file extension?

.rar file extension is a known file type. This section of tells you everything you need to know about this extension.
RAR or Roshal Archive files named after Eugene Roshal, the RAR compression algorithm developer, are the innate format of WinRAR archive and can be opened on almost all the computer platforms. The RAR files are data containers, they store one or more files in the compressed form. RAR includes a proprietary compression algorithm that is now used by other compressors like 7zip. RAR compression has a much higher compression ratio as compared to ZIP compression which makes RAR files more preferable. RAR compressors are also known for the creation of multi-volume archives split over several compressed files and can be transferred to multiple disks. These split file archives use the file extension R followed by the digit that corresponds the part of the split archive for instance “R00” to “R99” or may have the standard .RAR extension. RAR files are required to be unpacked before they can actually be used. WinRAR provides the complete support for creating and unpacking RAR files. To unpack RAR files, place all of them in a single folder and start extracting. To open a RAR file, double click on RAR file icon to open it in WinRAR, select the files, press "Extract To" button, enter a destination path and press "OK". RAR archives can be also password protected.
You can see a list of software programs here on that can open this file type so that you don’t need to search for it on the web. You can then open your file with this extension using a software listed below.

Software that can be used to open .rar files:

Microsoft Windows:
  • Smith Micro Stufflt Deluxe 2010
  • WinRAR 5
  • Zipeg
  • Corel WinZip 18.5
  • Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
  • 7-Zip
  • PeaZip
  • B1 Free Archiver
  • WinMount International WinMount
  • Whirling Dervishes Alpha ZIP
  • Free RAR Extract Frog
Windows Mobile:
  • Adobe Reader for Windows Phone
Google Android:
  • RARLAB RAR for Android
  • ES File Explorer File Manager
  • unrar
  • B1 Free Archiver
Apple Mac OS X:
  • Corel WinZip Mac 3
  • Smith Micro Stufflt Deluxe 2010
  • UnRarX
  • Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
  • Incredible Bee Archiver
  • The Unarchiver
  • B1 Free Archiver
  • Zipeg
Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices):
  • iFile Free
  • Zip & RAR File Extractor