How to Extract Rar Files

You have just expired the trial version of the program you used to manage compressed archives and now you are looking for a free solution to extract the data contained in RAR file? Do you often find yourself working with archives in RAR format and are you tired of having to extract the files from each package, one by one? I have good news for you: you have landed on the right guide, at the right time!

In today's tutorial, in fact, I will show you many useful resources thanks to which you can extract RAR files on your PC. Going into more detail, below you will find listed all those that, in my humble opinion, represent the best solutions in the category for and macOS. And in most cases they are free tools, easy to use and able to perform flawlessly the purpose for which they are intended: what more could you want ?!

And if you need to intervene on RAR compressed archives from mobile, I am happy to inform you that this is very feasible, as there are ad hoc applications available for both Android and iOS. But now just chat and let's take action. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you the best of luck for everything.

How to Extract RAR Files on Windows

Stai using a PC Windows and want to understand what resources you have from your for extract RAR files, try the solutions listed below now: I'm sure they will satisfy you.

7-Zip

The first program I invite you to consider is 7-Zip: it is a renowned no-cost software, of an open source nature and specific for Windows operating systems, which allows you to extract all the most popular compressed archive formats, including those in RAR format. It also allows you to intervene on password-protected and multi-volume files and to generate new compressed archives in various formats.

To download 7-Zip on your PC, visit the program's website and press the link Download at the top of the page, in correspondence with the Windows version in use on your PC (64 bit or 32 bit). Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, presses the buttons in sequence Si, install e Close.

Next, right click on the RAR file you want to extract and select the items from the context menu 7-Zip> Open. Then click on the button Extract in the window that appears on the screen, indicate the location on your computer where you want to save the extracted files and press the button OK. If the RAR file is password protected, you will need to type the password first to proceed.

In addition to the way I just indicated, you can extract your RAR files by right clicking on them, selecting the item 7-Zip from the context menu and choosing, based on your preferences and needs, one of the following options: Extract here (to extract the files to the current location) or Extract the files (to specify an exact location on Windows to extract the files to).

If you need to extract only some of the items contained in the RAR file, right click on the compressed archive, select the items 7-Zip> Open from the context menu, drag the files of your interest out of the displayed window and drop them in the position you prefer.

Finally, I must point out that if you want to set as a Windows 7-Zip compressed archives manager default, you can read my guide on how to change the default program for how to proceed.

UnRarIt

UnRarIt is an excellent free program for Windows that allows you to extract the contents of multiple RAR files at the same time. It works via a simple drag-and-drop and also supports password protected archives.

To use it, the first step you need to take is to connect to its website and click on the item UnRarIt.msi to download it to your PC. When the download is complete, open the file .msi just obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, put the check mark next to the item I Agree. Then click on the button Next for three consecutive times and, finally, on the buttons Yes e Close.

Then start the program via its icon that was added in Start menu Windows and drag the RAR file you want to extract into the software window that pops up on your desktop. At this point, select the destination folder in which to extract the files contained in the archives by clicking on the button [...] located at the bottom right and click on the button Extract files to start the extraction process.

You can also extract files from password protected RAR archives: in this case, you have to drag the archives into the main window of UnRarIt (as I indicated earlier) and click the button Add password (below) to type the password needed to open the protected RAR file.

Then repeat the operation for all the passwords necessary to open the imported archives in UnRarIt and click on the button Extract Files to start the file extraction process. The program will automatically associate the right passwords to the right files.

Also in the case of UnRarIt, I point out that you can set the program as the default for the management of compressed archives. To find out how to do this, refer to my guide on the subject.

WinRAR

When it comes to extracting RAR files on Windows it is practically impossible not to mention the name of WinRAR. It is one of the most renowned programs in the category and allows both to extract and to compress RAR files, as well as many other types of compressed archives. Unlike the previously mentioned programs, it is distributed as trialware: you can then download and each time you start the exhibition be prompted to purchase a license within 40 days. In reality, the software continues to work even after 40 days, but shows the invitations to purchase in a more insistent way and does not allow you to take advantage of some advanced features (eg secure encryption with AES-256-bit logarithm).

To download it to your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the button Pick up placed next to the item WinRAR per Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 a 64 bit (if you use a 64-bit version of Windows) or the one you find next to the item WinRAR per Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 a 32 bit (if you use 32-bit Windows). When the download is complete, open the file .exe just obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the buttons Si, Install, OK e Close.

At this point, you can finally use WinRAR to decompress RAR files. To do this, right-click on the file in question and select, from the context menu that opens, the item Extract the files. In the software window that you see appear, indicate the output location on the PC in the field above, specify the update and overwrite mode by choosing the options you prefer on the left and click on the button OK down. If the archive is password protected, you will also need to enter the password.

If you need to extract the items contained in the RAR archive directly to the current location, instead, right-click on the file and choose, from the context menu that appears, the option Extract here. If you want to view the contents of the archive without extracting it, choose the option Apri with WinRAR from the context menu always visible after right clicking on the file. You can also extract the archive into a folder with the name of the latter by choosing the option Extract files to [archive name] from the menu.

Also regarding WinRAR, know you can set the program as default for the management of compressed archives. To find out how to do this, read my post on the subject.

How to Extract RAR Files on MacOS

And up MacOS? What are the tools that can be used to extract RAR files? Those that you would do well to test are listed below. I hope they are able to satisfy you.

The Unarchiver

The first among the useful resources to decompress files in the RAR format on Mac that I suggest you try is The Unarchiver: it is a totally free application and very easy to use. It supports standard RAR files, those split into multiple volumes and those protected by password. It is also capable of opening ZIP, 7Z and many other compressed archive formats and the contents of ISO and BIN image files and executable files for Windows (EXE).

To download the application on your Mac, visit the relevant section of the Mac App Store Online, click here See in the Mac App Store and, in the "real" window of Mac App Store that opens on the desktop, click on the button Ottieni / Installa. If necessary, then authorize the download of the application by typing your Apple account password or using Touch ID (if you have a Mac equipped with this component).

At the end of the installation procedure, The Unarchiver should set itself automatically as the default application for the management of compressed archives. As a result, double-clicking on any file in RAR format will automatically extract the contents to the current folder. If the RAR file you want to open is password protected, keep in mind that you will need to type it first.

If you then want to intervene on the application options to, for example, define the location in which to save the files after extracting them, what action to take against the compressed file after extraction, etc., call up the main window of The Unarchiver by clicking on the relative icon annexed to Launchpad (or there was the program via Spotlight, Siri or in the folder Applications) and intervene on the various settings available on the screen.

If The Unarchiver does not automatically set itself as the default program for managing compressed archives in RAR format, you can do it by reading the instructions on what to do that I have provided in my tutorial on the subject.

Keka

As an alternative to the aforementioned solution, I recommend that you evaluate the use of Keka: it is a free program that allows you to extract RAR files as well as those in 7Z, ZMA, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX and ACE format. It also allows you to create new compressed archives in 7z format, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZP2, DMG and ISO and is easy to use. Note that it is eventually available in a paid variant (costs € 3,49) that can be purchased from the Mac App Store to support and reward the work of developers.

To download Keka on your Mac, visit the program's website and press the button Scarica vx.x.xx. Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg just got it and drag theKeka icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Next, right click on it and select the item apri from the context menu, in order to open the program going to circumvent the limitations that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Once the Keka window is displayed on the desktop, drag the RAR file to extract over it, in correspondence with the item Release here to extract, and wait for the extraction procedure to be completed. The contents of the archive will be saved in the same location as the original RAR file. Note that if the RAR file you want to extract is password protected, you will need to type it first to continue.

If you deem it necessary, I would like to point out that you can also change the settings relating to the operation of the program by calling up the menu Keka> Preferences (top left) and then adjusting the available options and menus as needed.

However, if you want to set the default program for Keka RAR files on MacOS, follow the instructions on what to do that I have given you in my guide dedicated to the subject.

How to Extract RAR Files Online

You can't or don't want to download new programs to your computer and would like to see if any resources exist online to extract RAR files? The answer is yes. Among the various tools available on the square, I recommend you try Archive Extractor. It works from any browser and operating system, is free and requires no registration. RAR file aside, it also allows you to intervene on ZIP, 7Z, ZIPX and many more. It also supports password-protected and multi-volume archives.

To use it, visit the home page of the service, click on the button Choose files from your computer located in the center and select the RAR file to extract present on your computer. Alternatively, drag the compressed archive directly into the browser window. Then if the file you want to act on is found online or on Google Drive or on dropbox, you can download it directly from there, by clicking on the relevant link first.

Once the upload procedure is complete, wait for the compressed archive to be extracted (if the RAR file is password protected you will have to type the latter before proceeding) and for the list of files inside it to be shown. Later, you can download the items of your interest by simply clicking on their name. Unless otherwise specified in the browser information, the extracted files will be saved in the folder Download Of computer.

App to Extract RAR Files

As I told you at the beginning of the article, you can extract RAR files even on the move, directly from the screen of your smartphone or tablet, using app special for Android e iOS. If this interests you, try immediately the resources used for this purpose that you find listed below.

  • AndroZip by AVG (Android) - free application with which it is possible to extract files in RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZIP and BZIP2 format on Android devices: it is actually a file manager, so it not only allows you to extract this type of documents, but also to manage files on the device in general.
  • RAR (Android) - no cost app that allows you to create archives in RAR and ZIP format and thanks to which you can unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO and ARJ archives. It also allows you to repair damaged archives and supports multi-volume ones.
  • Documents by Readdle (IOS) - known file manager for iOS devices that lets you open compressed archives in RAR format (but not only) on iPhone and iPad. The app is free and very easy to use.
  • Zip (iOS) - specific application for iOS devices that allows you to open RAR and ZIP files. It is very easy to use and has a very intuitive user interface. It is free, but allows you to work on files with a maximum weight of 5 MB. To get around this limitation, you need to switch to the paid variant (at a cost of 6,99 euros).