How to Open RAR Files on Windows & Mac

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We will come across various formats of documents in the process of working all the time. A RAR file is a compressed file; it contains multiple files that are all bunched together as one, so you can easily transfer them through e-mail or computers.

When you want to get photos from the camera, your friends may compress the photos into RAR files and send them to you because the photos are too large. If your computer does not have a program capable of compressing files, you will not be able to open it. This post will recommend you some ways on how to open RAR files.

Section 1 - What Is A RAR File

RAR is one of the most common file compression formats. It was created by Russian programmer Evgeny Roshal. The RAR format also provides features such as repair, which will attempt to restore part or all of the files when physical damage has occurred.

Compared to the ZIP file format, the popularity of the RAR main file type is low, which means that these files usually do not appear on commonly used desktop or mobile devices. RAR files can be split into multi-volume archives when dealing with large file sets. Like Zip files, these files need to be extracted.

Section 2 - Open RAR Files Online

We often need to store, send, share, and upload various types of files such as photos, videos, documents, and so on. Due to the limitations of some websites, applications, or mailboxes, it is often necessary to compress files to send or share normally. When we receive files from others, opening the compressed files online allows us to quickly open and browse the files without downloading and installing other software. Next, this section will recommend some online tools, whether you are a Mac or Windows user, this tool can help you open RAR files easily.

1. Archive Extractor

Archive Extractor is a small and easy online tool that can extract over 70 types of compressed files, such as 7z, zipx, rar, tar, exe, dmg, and much more. It supports password-protected archives. Meanwhile, you can also unpack multi-part archives (zip.001, rar.part1, z01, etc) with Archive Extractor.

Step 1. Upload the RAR file that you want to open. There are several ways for you to upload. First, upload the file from cloud accounts like Google Drive and Dropbox. Second, open the RAR file from the URL. Third, drag and drop the RAR archive to the page directly.

Archive Extractor Choose RAR File

Step 2. After waiting for a few seconds, the RAR file will be successfully extracted. Double click the file to download it.

Archive Extractor Open RAR File

Step 3. You can also convert your RAR file to the ZIP file by clicking the "Save all as ZIP" button.

2. B1 Online Archiver

B1 Online Archiver is one of the simplest ways to extract files from B1, ZIP, RAR, 7Z, and other archives. You can use it on any computer and you don't have to register or pay anything. After uploading the file, only you will see your files and all files will be completely deleted a few minutes after you close the page. So you can feel free to share B1 Online Archiver with your friends or co-workers.

Step 1. Select a RAR file by clicking the "Click here" button.

B1 Online Archiver Select Archive

Step 2. Wait a few moments then you can see the file in the list. You can download or preview only the files you need.

B1 Online Archiver Open RAR File

3. Unrar Online

Unrar Online offers the fastest way to access the content of a RAR file online. The process of Unrar Online is fast and very convenient. There are no software downloads, and everything happens online just with few clicks. The tool submits your data on a remote server for temporary processing. It will remove all your files from the cloud shortly after the conversion.

Step 1. Select a RAR file and upload it to the website either by drag and drop or click on the upload link.

Unrar Online Upload File

Step 2. Wait until the extraction process has finished.

Step 3. Download the result.

Unrar Online Download

Section 3 - Open RAR Files Offline

There are many programs to open RAR archives for Mac and Windows operating systems. You can even use the function of opening RAR files online without downloading the required third-party software. However, if you want to use the RAR format frequently, it is best to download the program. In this section, you will learn some desktop programs suitable for Mac or Windows users.

1. Open RAR Files on Windows with WinZip

WinZip is the most popular file compression utility for Windows. WinZip offers apps for all of today's most popular platforms and devices, giving users a better way to exchange files in the cloud, email, and social media. WinZip's product line also includes powerful utilities to improve system performance and help keep PCs secure.

Step 1. Download and install WinZip, you need to choose the version according to the version of the Windows system.

Step 2. If you have a RAR file to open, double-click on the RAR file and it will be displayed in WinRAR. You can then select which files or folders you want to extract/open.

WinZip Extract RAR File

Step 3. Click the "Extract To" icon at the top of the WinRAR window then you will see a pop-up window. Select the folder where you want to store the RAR file and click "OK".

WinZip-Extraction Path and Options

Step 4. You will find the extracted files in the destination folder where you saved them. You can click the file to open it.

2. Extract RAR Files on Mac with Unarchiver

Unarchiver is the only app you need to open RAR on Mac. It is much more powerful than native macOS utilities and supports infinitely more archive formats. The Unarchiver for Mac is free. No in-apps for additional features.

Step 1. Download the Unarchiver app. You can download it from Mac's App Store.

Step 2. Launch the Unarchiver program. Then it will show up a pop-up window, you can select the types of files you want the Unarchiver to open for you. The most common types are already selected. Don't forget to select "RAR Archive".

Unarchiver Preferences Archive Formats

Step 3. Right-click the RAR file, choose "Open With", and select "The Unarchiver".

Mac RAR File Open with The Unarchiver

Step 4. The Unarchiver will open a file window where you can choose the destination folder to extract RAR files on Mac. You need to select your folder location or create a new one and then click the "Extract" button.

Unarchiver Extract RAR File

Step 5. The files will be extracted from RAR and appear in your folder. Just click the file and open it.

FAQs

How do I open a RAR file without WinZip?

You can use the online tool like Archive Extractor which we recommended in Section 2 to open the RAR file without the installation of WinZip.

Conclusion

Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, you can use an online tool to open and extract the RAR file without downloading any software. However, if you want to use the RAR format frequently, it is best to download the program. If you are a Windows user, you can use WinZip, if you are a Mac user, Unarchiver is your best choice.

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