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File TypeWinRAR Compressed Archive

DeveloperEugene Roshal
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CategoryCompressed Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is an RAR file?

A RAR file is a file archive that contains one or more files compressed with RAR compression. It uses a higher compression ratio than typical ZIP compression and incorporates a proprietary compression algorithm that is now used by other compressors, including 7-Zip for its .7Z files. The RAR file may be extracted using a variety of programs.

More Information

The RAR compressor can also create spanned, or multi-volume, archives, which are split across several compressed files. These files typically have file extensions from ".R00" to ".R99," or they may all have the standard ".RAR" extension.

NOTE: The name "RAR" stands for "Roshal ARchive," which was named after Eugene Roshal, the RAR compression algorithm developer.

Programs that open RAR files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
WinRAR 5
Corel WinZip 20
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
7-Zip
Zipeg
PeaZip
B1 Free Archiver
WinMount International WinMount
Whirling Dervishes Alpha ZIP
Free RAR Extract Frog
Mac OS X LogoMac
Corel WinZip Mac 4
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
The Unarchiver
B1 Free Archiver
UnRarX
Zipeg
Linux LogoLinux
unrar
B1 Free Archiver
Android LogoAndroid
ES File Explorer File Manager
RARLAB RAR
Updated 3/31/2016