Would you like to create a password-protected RAR archive, such as those often found on the web, but you don't know how to do it? You need encrypt a RAR file previously created, giving it a password, but you don't know which program to use to do it? If you want, I'll give you a hand.
Spend a few minutes of your precious time reading this guide and you will see that, in the end, you will have perfectly clear ideas on what to do. In the following lines, I will in fact show you the tools you can use to encrypt your RAR files and create new password protected RAR archives. I already anticipate that, to succeed in your intent, you just need to turn to some "common" software to create, manage and open compressed archives. Which? You will soon find out.
And what about the mobile side? Is this also feasible in this case? Of course! In the final part of this tutorial, in fact, you will find a chapter dedicated to some apps to encrypt RAR files on Android. As for iOS, however, unfortunately at the moment there is a lack of resources of this type. Having made these necessary premises, I would say that we can take action. Happy reading and good work!
Encrypt a RAR File on Windows
You use a PC Windows and you would like to understand how to encrypt a RAR file? Then rely on WinRAR, the most famous program for managing archives in RAR format, which allows you to both extract and compress files in this format and protect them with a password. It also supports many other types of compressed files and includes many other functions.
Despite what many people think, WinRAR is not free. It is distributed in the form of trialware: it can therefore be downloaded at no cost and at every start it displays a notice inviting you to purchase a license within 40 days. After this period of time, in reality the program continues to work but shows the invitations to purchase in a more insistent way and no longer allows you to take advantage of some advanced functions, such as the creation of RAR archives with AES-256 encryption- bit.
Having made this necessary premise, let's take action. To download WinRAR on your computer, connect to the program's website and click on the button Pick up placed in correspondence with the item WinRAR per Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 a 64 bit (if you use a version of Windows a 64 bit) or in correspondence with the item WinRAR per Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 a 32 bit (if you use a version of Windows a 32 bit).
Once the download is complete, open the file .exe just obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes, Install, OK e Close. At this point, you can finally start leveraging WinRAR to create encrypted RAR archives.
Then right click on the files and / or folders to be included in the password protected archive and select the item Add to an archive from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, then presses the button Set Keyword and type the password with which you want to protect the archive in the two appropriate fields.
Next, click on the button OK twice in a row and that's it. The password protected RAR archive will be saved in the same location as the source file or folder. If you want it to be saved in a different location, click on the button Shop by Department in the WinRAR window and indicate it from there.
You can also password protect an existing RAR archive. To do this, all you have to do is open the latter with WinRAR, right-clicking on its icon and then choosing the item Apri with WinRAR from the context menu, after which you have to select the item Convert archives from the menu Utility program, click on the button Compression, press the button Set Keyword and proceed in the same way as I have just indicated. The changes will be made to the current archive.
If necessary, you can open the password protected RAR file by double clicking on its icon, pressing the button Extract to (located at the top of the WinRAR window), indicating the location to extract the files in the field Destination path and clicking on the button OK. Once this is done, type the password used to protect the archive in the field Enter the Keyword of the on-screen window and click the button OK, to complete the procedure.
Encrypt a RAR File on MacOS
Stai using a Poppy and you are looking for a resource that works similar to that of WinRAR, therefore a tool that allows you to compress, decompress and encrypt archives in RAR format, SimplyRAR it might be the right solution for you.
This is a free application that has not been updated for several years now but which, despite this, continues to work without problems even on the most recent versions of macOS.
You ask me how to make use of it? I'll tell you right away. First, go to the download page of the program that you find on the website of MacUpdate and click your bottone Download. If necessary, also click on the link No thanks, take me to my download e attendedi che lo scaricamento of the software come portato a terminate.
Successively, apri il package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'SimplyRAR icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on it and select the item apri from the context menu that appears, in order to start the program, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (operation that must be performed only at the first start).
Now that you see the SimplyRAR window on your desktop, drag and drop files and / or folders to include in the password protected archive on it, select the option Password protect located at the bottom right and type, in the two fields displayed on the screen, the password you want to use to encrypt the RAR file, then press the button OK.
To conclude, click on the button Create RAR located at the top, type the title you want to assign to the encrypted compressed archive you are about to create and indicate the location where you want to save it. Finally, press the buttons Make e OK.
If, on the other hand, you want to add the password to an existing RAR archive, drag the latter into the program window, check the option Password protect located at the bottom right and proceed in the same way as I indicated earlier.
When you want, you can extract the encrypted RAR files by pressing the button Open RAR located in the upper part of the SimplyRAR window, selecting the archive to unpack, typing the password used to protect it in the appropriate field and clicking on the button Enter.
Finally, click on the button Extract All, to extract all the files in the archive in the same position as the latter, or on the one with written on it Extract All To, to indicate the location on your Mac to save the contents of the RAR file after the extraction is complete.
Encrypt a RAR File on Android
Let's now pass to the side Android. If so, how to encrypt a RAR file? Simple: just use RAR, an application developed by RARLAB, the manufacturer of WinRAR, the "official" program for opening and creating RAR files on Windows that I told you about at the beginning of the guide.
It allows you to open archives in RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO and ARJ formats and to create archives in RAR and ZIP format. Clearly, it supports encryption. It is free, but it contains advertisements that can eventually be removed by subscribing to a subscription of 1,19 euros / year (after a free trial of 14 days).
To download RAR on your Android smartphone or tablet, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. If necessary, authorize the download by also tapping the button Accept. Once the download is complete, start the app by pressing the button apri appeared on the screen or by tapping onicona dell'applicazione which was added to the drawer (the Android screen where, in fact, the icons of all the apps on the device are grouped).
Now that you see the main screen of RAR, allow the app to access the memory and / or SD of the device in use, by pressing on the item Allow and tap on the buttons No, see ADSL that are less relevant e Agree to deactivate advertising tracking.
At this point, you just have to create your encrypted archive: to do this, select the files and / or folders of your interest through the integrated file manager and press the button with the compressed archive and the [+] symbol placed on top. Then type the name you want to assign to the archive in the field below the wording Archive name e fai tap sul pulsating Set keyword.
In the new screen displayed, enter the password you want to use to protect the archive in the appropriate field and press on the item OK bottom right twice in a row. Once this is done, the RAR file will be saved in the same location as the source items.
If you want to set a password for an existing RAR archive, instead, select the latter from the main screen of the RAR app, press the button with the RAR archive and the [+] symbol placed at the top and continue in the same way as I indicated earlier.
To extract the files, instead, always select them using the file manager integrated in RAR, press the button with archive and up arrow that you find in the main screen of the app, indicate the output position in the field below the item Destination path, fai tap sul pulsating OK and type the password used to encrypt the file.
Workarounds to Encrypt a File
As an alternative to the solutions mentioned in the previous lines, you could consider protecting your RAR archives with a password using useful tools to encrypt files in general.
In this case, however, the RAR file on which to act must be already "ready" and for the subsequent extraction you will then have to use one of the resources indicated in the previous lines or the ad hoc tools that I suggested in my review on the programs for open RAR files, for that matter Windows e MacOS, or one of the apps I suggested to you in my tutorials on how to open RAR files on Android and how to open RAR files on iPad, as far as mobile devices are concerned with Android e iOS.
If the RAR file you want to act on is already "ready", you can rely on a tool such as Encrypto to be able to encrypt it: it is a free software available for both Windows and macOS that allows you to password protect any kind of file with AES-256 encryption. It works with a simple drag and drop. Try it now, you won't regret it!
To download it, connect to the program's website and, if you are using Windowsclick on your button Download for Windows. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe ottenuto e, nella finestra che compare sul desktop, clicca sul pulsador Yes. Then select the item I accept the Terms of Services and click on the buttons Next e Install now.
Se, invece, stai using MacOSclick on your bottone Download on the Mac App Store on the program website and on that View in Mac App Store. In the window that opens, press the button Ottieni / Installa to start the download. If prompted, authorize the download via password o touch ID. Afterward, open Encrypto by clicking on its icon appearance in Launchpad.
Regardless of the operating system, now that you see the program window on the screen, press the button Next three times in a row and up Skip. Then drag the RAR file you want to encrypt on the Encrypto window, type the password you want to use to protect your file in the field Password and, if you want, also enter a suggestion by filling in the field Hint.
Per concludere, premium pulsating Encryptclick on your bottone Save As to choose the location on your computer to save the encrypted file and that's it.
When you want, you can access the contents of your protected RAR file simply by double clicking on it and typing the previously set password in the program window that will be shown to you. Then press on decrypt per confermare l'operazione.
For further information and to get to know other similar programs, I refer you to reading my guide on programs to encrypt files.
Solid Explorer (Android)
Su Android, if the RAR file you want to password protect is already on your device, you can resort to using the file manager Solid Explorer. If you have never heard of it, it is a file manager that, among the many functions offered, also allows you to encrypt all kinds of files or folders. It costs € 1,99 but it is possible to test all its functions (including the one relating to file encryption) for a trial period of 14 days.
To download the free version of the app, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. If necessary, authorize the download by also tapping on the button Accept.
Once the download is complete, start the application by pressing the button apri appeared on the screen or by tapping onicon application that was added to the drawer (the Android screen where you find the icons of all the apps on the device grouped).
Then, once the main Solid Explorer screen is displayed, follow the short introductory tutorial that is proposed to you, check the box I accept the license agreement, presses on the voice Done at the bottom right and grant the app the permissions necessary for its operation, by clicking on the item Allow.
Then, tap on the button OK and locate the RAR file you want to encrypt, press and continue to hold down on its icon for a few moments and then press the button with the three dots vertically located at the top right.
Select quindi la voce Crypt from the menu that opens, type the password you want to use to protect the RAR file selected in the dedicated fields and, finally, click on the wording Crypt.
When you want, you can remove the protection from the encrypted RAR file by selecting it from the main Solid Explorer window, typing the password in the appropriate field and tapping the button OK.
For further information and to get to know other similar apps, I suggest you read my guide on how to protect a folder on Android.