RAR File

Did your computer fail to open a RAR file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .RAR files.

What is a RAR file?

A .RAR file is a RAR Compressed Archive file. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with extension RAR for different purposes. We have identified 4 RAR openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of RAR file.

Programs that open RAR files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
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What else are .RAR files used for?

While RAR Compressed Archive is a popular type of RAR-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .RAR extension.

The RAR file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a RAR opener may not be able to open all kinds of RAR files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited RAR viewer.

WinRAR interface theme

Through our analysis of RAR files, we know that one use of the format is WinRAR interface theme. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

RAR opener for Windows 10

WinRARWinRARVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!