What are AAR files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an AAR file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your AAR files.
What is an AAR file?
AAR files have multiple uses, and Android Archive is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
AAR files are the gateway to reusing code and resources across multiple applications. Packaging libraries into a single file format, AARs contain compiled code, resources, and a manifest that outlines dependencies.
By importing an AAR package into an Android Studio project using the “New Module” wizard - with the option of “Import.JAR/.AAR Package” - developers can incorporate it as a dependency just like an Android Library module. Using this method they save time and effort within development by availing reusable components.
AAR files can be created using the Android Gradle Plugin and are typically stored in an Android app project's "libs" directory. They can be imported into an Android Studio project using the "New Module" wizard and selecting the "Import .JAR/.AAR Package" option.
How to open AAR files
Important: Different programs may use files with the AAR file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your AAR file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single AAR opener which you will find listed below.
Last updated: January 27, 2023
All known file formats using extension .AAR
While Android Archive is a popular type of AAR-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .AAR file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
We know that one AAR format is Aard Dictionary. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of AAR files. Remember, different programs may use AAR files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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