File Extension Library

.RAR File Extension

  • Developer by: Eugene Roshal
  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .RAR file?

.RAR file extension is created by Eugene Roshal. .RAR has been classified as Compressed Files. The format of .RAR file is Binary.

.RAR is WinRAR Compressed Archive

A RAR file is an archive that contains one or more files compressed with RAR compression. It uses a higher compression ratio than typical ZIP compression and incorporates a proprietary compression algorithm that is now used by other compressors, including 7-Zip for its .7Z files. RAR files may be extracted using a variety of programs.

The RAR compressor can also create spanned, or multi-volume, archives, which are split across several compressed files. These files typically have file extensions from ".R00" to ".R99," or they may all have the standard ".RAR" extension.

NOTE: The name "RAR" stands for "Roshal ARchive," which was named after Eugene Roshal, the RAR compression algorithm developer.

List of all softwares that can open the WinRAR Compressed Archive
File Viewer Plus
WinRAR 5
Corel WinZip 23
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
B1 Free Archiver
WinMount International WinMount
Whirling Dervishes Alpha ZIP
Free RAR Extract Frog
Corel WinZip Mac 6.5
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
The Unarchiver
B1 Free Archiver
B1 Free Archiver
ES File Explorer File Manager
ZDevs ZArchiver

How to Open .RAR file on different platforms

Open .RAR File on Windows

  • Right-click a .RAR
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .RAR file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .RAR files" Press "Ok"

Open .RAR File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .RAR file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .RAR File on Linux

Right click on the .RAR file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .RAR File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .RAR file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .RAR File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .RAR files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .RAR files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .RAR files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .RAR file format
  2. You need to check the .RAR file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)