How to open XAR files

Did your computer fail to open a XAR file? We explain what XAR files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is a XAR file?

We know of 2 different uses of the XAR file type, one of them being XAR Archive. Read the details below.

The XAR 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 XAR opener may not be able to open all kinds of XAR files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited XAR viewer.

XAR Archive

Files with file extension XAR are archives created in eXtensible ARchive format, a format invented by Apple and used in Mac OS when installing software and Safari browser extensions.

XAR is an archive format, meaning a single XAR file can contain multiple files. It is different from most other archive formats as it makes it possible for individual files to use different compression schemes optimized for each type of file.

Software that will open, convert or fix these specific XAR files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with XAR-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with XAR-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!

Xara vector drawing

The Xar file format is an open vector graphic format, resulting in tiny files compared to other vector formats. It is the native graphics format for the Xara X application and its predecessor CorelXARA.

XAR predates more recent formats such as SVG but still results in more compact files.

The XAR file format is an open standard: XAR specification

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

XAR file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of XAR files. Remember, different programs may use XAR files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

FreeArcFreeArcUser submitted
Hamster Lite ArchiverHamster Lite ArchiverUser submitted
WoopieZIPWoopieZIPUser submitted
UnzipLiteUnzipLiteUser submitted
Hamster Free ArchiverHamster Free ArchiverUser submitted
Hamster Free ZIP ArchiverHamster Free ZIP ArchiverUser submitted
Free Zip OpenerFree Zip OpenerUser submitted
CubeICECubeICEUser submitted
TwidoSuiteTwidoSuiteUser submitted
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We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with XAR-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with XAR-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!