How to Open RAR Files on MAC and Windows

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What is a RAR File

RAR file is basically older form of WinRAR archiver. Like any other archiver it RAR files also contains data and store them in compressed manner. Users need to unpack the materials which are stored as RAR file in order to use them. RAR files can be recognized from their .rar extension.

How to Open RAR File on Mac

Generally, special software is required for opening .rar files on Mac. Well, a Mac user can open a RAR file easily by applying the following method.


  • Expand the .rar file with decompression software
  • Learn properly about .rar files
  • Use the Stufflt Expander. This in built program can decompress .rar files in computers run on Mac OS X.
  • Apply a file decompression tool that works with Mac like UnrarX. It’s available with Mac OS X 10.0 and higher configurations.
  • Download softwares like RAR. Expander that supports Apple scripts and can decompress multiple archives at a time.
  • Drag the .rar files and drop them on the icon of the expander software. The software will expand and open RAR files for Mac users then.

How to Open RAR Files on Windows

WinRAR is perhaps the most useful program to open .rar files on Windows. You can download WinRAR here.

Once WinRAR is installed follow the below mentioned method to open .rar files.

  • Right click on the .rar file that you want to open and select ‘open’
  • A window like the below one will appear once you open it
  • Select ‘Extract Files’ if you want to save them in a separate location and click on ‘Extract Here’ if you want to store it in the same location. Just look at the picture
  • If you have selected ‘Extract Here’ then look for the files in same location, if not then a window like the following one will open
  • Now the file is opened

That’s the easiest me method to open .rar files on Windows.

Programs that Open RAR Files

  1. RAR File Open Knife 2.40
    It’s free software to open .rar files.  It’s easy to apply and works quickly.
  2. Zipeg 2.9
    It’s a useful universal RAR file opener.
    Download link.
  3. IZArc 4.1.6
    This can unzip all RAR files easily.
  4. Free RAR Extract Frog 3.22
    This opens password protected RAR files too.

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