All You Need to Know about RAR Files
All You Need to Know about RAR Files
A Roshal Archive Compressed File, commonly known as RAR file, is a zipped or compressed file or data container, that contains multiple files or folders inside it.
It may be considered as a conventional folder in your computer which contains plenty of sub-folders and files inside it in order to ensure that your data is organized appropriately.
However, in contrast to a typical folder, a RAR file requires a particular software to open and unzip or decompress it.
Most of the file extensions are generally spoken as their separate letters but a RAR file is pronounced as a word itself “rahr”.
Usage of RAR Files
RAR files are generally encountered while downloading certain software. Websites dedicated to file sharing and software distribution tend to place their programs in a RAR file so that they can downsize them and allow you to download the software at a faster pace.
In addition to reducing the download time associated with a file, a RAR file can also be protected with a password and encrypted so that the contents inside the container file remain safe from being extracted by unintended recipients. This may be considered as a small locked container of data that requires key in the form of a password to be unlocked.
Most of the RAR files do not have a password protecting them and are used to save images, videos, audios, documents or virtually anything that you want.
RAR files can also come in handy if you have a long list of files that you want to share with your friends such as images or audio files.
This will prevent your friends from downloading every single photograph separately and he or she will simply have to download the single RAR file to access the photographs compiled inside it.
Once a RAR file is opened, the constituents of the file are decompressed and are readily available for usage in the same manner as other files residing on your computer.
Opening a RAR File
Computers running Windows operating system do not come with an inherent ability to open RAR files. The following message is displayed if you make an attempt to open a RAR file by double clicking or tapping on it without having installed an appropriate program in your computer: “Windows cannot open this file” or “How do you want to open this file (.rar)?”
RAR is actually the inherent format of a zipping and unzipping tool known as WinRAR. This software is not free, however, there are tons of such programs that are compatible with RAR files and can accomplish the requisite task without costing you any money.
We have been using plenty of programs to extract and create RAR files but 7-Zip is probably the best amongst them.
Some RAR files consist of multiple parts and are typically named as file.part1.rar, file.part2.rar, etc. These file types should also be opened with the programs that we will be discussing below.
Opening a RAR file with 7-Zip
Download the software from here. Once you have it installed on your machine, get it configured to associate itself with the RAR file automatically so that once you double click or tap a RAR file, it is opened automatically in 7-Zip.
This can be accomplished by opening 7-Zip file manager after the program has been installed in Windows.
Choose Options from the Tools menu and check RAR. Save changes and press OK button.
If RAR files do not get opened in 7-Zip despite this configuration, then go through this tutorial on how to change the default program for a particular file extension. If you have to opt this solution, then you should be acquainted with the install location of the 7-Zip File Manager which is generally “C:\Program Files (x86)\7-Zip\7zFM.exe”.
RAR files can also be opened with 7-Zip by right clicking and choosing 7-Zip> Open Archive from the popup context menu.
If you have to work around with RAR files consisting of multiple parts, first choose all the different parts and then right click one of them. From the popup context menu, choose 7-Zip > Extract Files.
Free Programs for opening RAR files
Here are some other free programs that can open RAR files.
In addition to 7-Zip, PeaZip and jZip are other software tools that can open RAR files.
Keka, The Unarchiver or RAR Extractor Free are software that can be employed by Mac users to open RAR files on Mac OS.
UnZip Online is an online tool that helps you open RAR files via your web browser without having to install any software on your machine.
Here is a list of free RAR unzipping software. Generally, people will suggest you to use WinZip Free as the free RAR opener. But it is a trial program and there is no point in purchasing a RAR extractor or using a trial software when there are plenty of free RAR openers available.
Cracking open a password protected RAR file
As discussed above, there are RAR files that can be protected via password. A user needs to enter a password before they can be extracted or decompressed.
There is always a probability of a user forgetting a password that was used to protect a RAR file. This is where a RAR password cracker comes to the rescue.
RAR Password Cracker Expert is a handy tool that comes free of cost and does its job pretty effectively. It can employ a brute force attack or a dictionary attack to make every possible attempt at cracking the password.
It is loaded with tons of varying options that let a user customize the nature of an attack. If the above tool is not able to crack the password of your password protected RAR file, Free RAR Password Recovery can come in handy here. It employs a brute force attack to make guessing attempts at the password. It supports trying numbers, symbols, capital letters, latin and spaces.
RAR File Conversion
RAR file conversion means that you want to convert it from RAR format to a different file extension such as 7Z, ZIP, LGH, TGZ, TAR, CAB or some other zip format.
Here is something that you should keep in mind before we delve further into details on this topic. You cannot convert a RAR file to a non-zipped format. You will come across suggestions regarding RAR to MP3 converter or RAR to PDF converter. However, none of these software really work.
We have already discussed about the fact that a RAR file resembles a folder containing multiple files or sub-folders. If your RAR file contains MP3 files, then you are required to get it opened rather than having to convert it to MP3. You can review the RAR file opening procedures we discussed above to extract MP3 files or PDFs contained in your RAR file.
Now, if you want to convert a RAR file to 7Z or ZIP format, here are a few ways to accomplish this.
Free RAR Converters
You can employ a free file converter such as Zamzar or FileZigZag to convert a RAR file to any other archive file format.
These two file converters are online services which means that you simply have to upload the RAR file to the website and then download the converted file.
A free online RAR converter can come in handy if the file that you dealing with is compact in size but an online RAR file converter might not work in case of a large RAR file. In such a case, you will first have to upload the large file which will be time consuming. Once it has been uploaded and converted, you will have to download it again which will further take time.
IZArc is a wonderful free tool that can help you in converting large sized RAR files. It makes conversion from RAR to 7Z really simple in addition to several other archive file formats.
RAR File creation
RAR file creation tools are quite hard to find to be honest in contrast to RAR file openers. This is so because software developers need to solicit explicit permission from Alexander Roshal who owns the copyrights in order to re-create the RAR compression program.
You can use the trial version of WinRAR to create RAR files. It is valid only for a month’s period but it is simplest way to create a RAR file.
We would suggest you strongly not to create archive files in RAR format since there are tons of other archive file formats available that are easier to create and decompress such as 7Z or ZIP.
The Bottom Line
The optimum size of a RAR file is just below 8 exbibytes which is over 9 million terabytes.
Chrome OS is one operating system that supports direct RAR file decompression similar to Windows which offers native support for extracting ZIP files. This means that you can employ the Chrome OS to extract RAR files without having to install a third-party software.