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.rar File Extension

Developer: Eugene Roshal
File type: WinRAR Compressed Archive
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .rar. Files with the file extension .rar can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .rar files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .rar file?

The numerous files that are compressed with RAR compression are known as RAR files or WinRAR Compressed Archive. Compared to the usual ZIP compression, RAR compression has a much higher compression ratio which is why RAR files are more preferred. RAR files are known to include proprietary compression algorithm and other compressors use this algorithm already such as the 7zip. This is the reason why a variety of programs can already be used to extract these files especially in a Windows environment. RAR compressors are also known for the creation of multi-volume archives. These are split into multiple files so that they 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-R99 by which the standard version is simply .RAR. Since RAR file extension was developed by Eugene Roshal, it actually stands for "Roshal Archive”.

how to open a .rar file?

Launch a .rar file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .rar file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .rar files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .rar file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .rar file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .rar file association errors

applications that open a .rar file

Corel WinZip 16 Pro

Corel WinZip 16 Pro

Compressing files frees up space in the hard disk, and Corel Win Zip 16 Pro can compress files into different formats. This software allows users to choose the level of compression and the compression method that they want to integrate into their files and folders. All Major compressed formats can be extracted by this application, and this compression and decompression software runs in Microsoft Windows XP, Vista And window 7. Internet connectivity is needed for activating this program. Corel WinZip 16 Pro can provide users with access to Zipsend, which is use to compress and send large files through email. This software may also provide users with access to Zipshare, which is use to upload compressed files to various social Websites. Backups are necessary for the important data of the user, and Corel WinZip 16 Pro provides an automated process for backing up files. Users can burn backups directly unto a CD/DVD or Blu-ray disc, or send the compressed files to the user’s email address for virtual backups.
WinRAR

WinRAR

Eugene Roshal developed an application that can create RAR archives called WinRAR. It is a shareware file archiver and data compression utility released by Ron Dwight in 1993, while Alexander Roshal, Eugene Roshal's brother runs the business. WinRAR provides the complete support for RAR, which is WinRAR's original format in compression, ZIP archives, and unpacking of 7z, EXE, ISO, JAR, BZ2, UUE, ACE, GZ, TAR, LZH, ARJ and Z archives. It has multithreaded compression and can create archive with multi-volume and self-extracting. Damaged archives are provided with date redundancy through recovery record and recovery volumes for reconstruction. It also supports in the advancement in file names of Unicode and file system of NTFS. It has also AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 128-bit key to be used optionally in archive encryption. The software is available in forty seven languages. It is written in C++ and runs with Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 Mac OS X, FreeBSD, LInux (Wine required for GUI), and OS/2.
7-Zip

7-Zip

Equipped with a high compression ratio (as high as 7z format via LMZA and LMZA2), 7-Zip is an open-source ZIP archiver software that is usable on any computer regardless of operating system installed from the latest to the earlier versions and without any charge at all. Majority of the source codes used by this program are on the list of GNU LGPL License. These include unRar, RAR,ZIP, ARJ, XZ, Z, TAR, WIM, BZIP2, GZIP, CAB, HFS, LZMA, NSIS, CPIO, RPM, VHD, DEB, CHM, LZH, MBR, FAT, NTFS, XAR, DMG, CramFS, ISO, MSI, SquashFS, and UDF. Technically, formats ZIP and GZIP have a ratio of 2 to 10%, 7z has high ratio from 30 to 70% plus this same format has self extracting capability while both ZIP and 7z has AES 256 encryption. Other features include windows shell, file manager, command line version, FAR manager plug-in and localizations for languages up to 79.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .rar files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .rar. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.


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