RAR File Type

- The quick facts

What are RAR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RAR file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a RAR file?

RAR files have multiple uses, and RAR Compressed Archive is one of them.

RAR Compressed Archive

Files that use the .rar file extension are archive files that have been created by the WinRAR file archiving software. The WinRAR application takes large files or collections of files and compresses those files into a single archive file.

Compressed files make it easier for users to share files via email and over the Internet. For example, if you needed to email multiple file attachments to an individual, you could compress them into a single RAR file, sending one attachment rather than many.

When the WinRAR archiver creates an archive, the resulting archive file is given the .rar file extension. RAR files are very similar to ZIP files but WinRAR uses a different compression algorithm, often resulting in smaller files.

How to open RAR files

We have identified 5 RAR openers that are compatible with this specific type of RAR file.

Programs that open RAR Compressed Archive files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderVerified

Last updated: March 17, 2022

All known file formats using extension .RAR

While RAR Compressed Archive is a popular type of RAR-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .RAR extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

WinRAR Interface Theme

We know that one RAR format is WinRAR Interface Theme. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

RAR opener for Windows

We have identified one RAR opener that is compatible with this specific type of RAR file.

WinRARWinRARVerified

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