Have you downloaded a movie or program from a hosting site and now you find yourself with the downloads folder full of archives of a few hundred MB sequentially renamed (part1.rar, part2.rar, part3.rar etc.)? Don't worry, it's normal: this happens because what you downloaded is a multi-volume archive, that is, an archive divided into several volumes to facilitate distribution.
To extract files contained in archives of this type, you must first merge them. How? Just install the right programs on your PC and the operation can be said to be done already. Come on: follow the directions I am about to give you and you will learn how to merge RAR files in a matter of seconds, so you will no longer find yourself in trouble when faced with compressed archives divided into several parts.
I anticipate immediately that this is feasible on all the most popular operating systems for PCs, therefore Windows, macOS and Ubuntu, but also on mobile platforms, therefore Android and iOS. So, may I know what are you still doing standing there? Position yourself comfortably, take a few minutes of free time just for you and immediately start concentrating on reading what is reported below. I'm sure that, in the end, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned. What do you say, we bet?
How to Merge RAR Files on Windows
Stai using a PC Windows and you want to find out how to merge RAR files on the latter, continue reading: below you will find the programs you can use and the relative instructions for use.
The first program to merge RAR files that I want to invite you to consider is WinRAR, the software par excellence for what concerns the creation of archives in RAR format on Windows operating systems. It is one of the most popular and renowned compressed archive managers around, allowing you to generate ZIP and RAR files and extract virtually any sort of compressed archive. It is paid (it costs 36,54 euros), but you can download a free version that at each start shows a notice inviting you to purchase a license within 40 days (after which the program continues to work, however showing the invitations to 'purchase of the license in a more insistent way and blocking some functions, such as those relating to the creation of password protected archives).
To download WinRAR to your PC, visit the program's website and click on the button Pick up placed at the software version for Windows a 64 bit or 32 bit (based on the version of the operating system you were using) that you find at the top of the section Latest version.
Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes e Install. Then select the types of files you want to open automatically with WinRAR (make sure there is a check mark next to the item RAR) and click on the buttons OK e Close to conclude the setup.
Now, check that all the files that make up the multi-volume RAR archive you want to merge are placed in the same folder. If not, find the missing pieces of the archive and copy them to the location where the others are present as well. If you don't, the data contained in the RAR file cannot be extracted.
Once this is verified, right click on the archive file with the lowest number (ex. part1.rar) or with the file that has no number in its name (eg. archivio.rar) and select the item Extract the files give the menu answer.
In the window that appears, then indicate the path where you want to save the file once it has been combined and extracted (using the Destination path at the top) and click on the button OK, to kick off the procedure. Next, you will find the file that was contained in the archive in the location you indicated above.
Another program you can use to merge RAR files is 7-Zip. Haven't you ever heard of it? Strange, he is very famous. In any case there is no problem, let's fix it immediately: it is a totally free software, of an open source nature and for Windows operating systems only, which allows you to extract all the most popular compressed archive formats, intervene on password-protected files and on multi-volume ones, as well as generating new compressed archives in various formats.
To use it, connect to the 7-Zip website and download the program to your PC by clicking on 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, click on the buttons Yes, install e Close.
At this point, make sure that all the files that make up the multi-volume RAR archive to be extracted are kept in the same folder. If this is not the case, find the “missing pieces” of the archive and copy them to the folder where all the others reside, otherwise the data contained in the RAR file cannot be extracted in any way.
Next, right click on the archive file with the lowest number (ex. part1.rar) or with the file that has no number in its name (eg. archivio.rar) and select the items 7-Zip> Extract the files from the menu that appears. Finally, in the window that opens, click on the button [...], to choose the folder in which to extract the multi-volume archive files, and click on the button OK, to start the file extraction procedure.
How to Merge RAR Files on Mac
Let's now pass to the side Poppy and then let's find out how to merge RAR files on Apple computers. Below you will find the resources that you can use with the relative indications for use.
The first application you can make use of to merge RAR files on Mac is The Unarchiver: it is a free and very easy to use solution, thanks to which it is possible to view and extract the contents of compressed archives in RAR, ZIP, 7-Zip etc. It also supports multi-volume archives, password-protected archives, ISO and BIN image files, and executables for Windows (EXE).
To download it on your Mac, visit the relevant section of the Mac App Store Online, click on the button See in the Mac App Store and, in the Mac App Store window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Ottieni / Installa. If necessary, then authorize the application download by typing the password of your Apple account or using the touch ID (if you have a Mac equipped with this component).
Once the installation procedure is completed, The Unarchiver should automatically set itself as the default application for managing compressed archives. As a result, double clicking on the first part of the RAR archive file to be merged (the one with the lowest number, for example part1.rar, or the one that has no number in its name, eg. archivio.rar), the extraction will take place automatically in the current position.
Before doing this, however, make sure that all the various parts of the RAR file are in the same location. Otherwise, find the “missing pieces” of the archive and transfer them all to the same folder, otherwise the data contained in the RAR file cannot be extracted correctly.
Alternatively, if The Unarchiver has not been set as the default manager for compressed archives, right click on the first of the RAR files you want to merge and select the entries Open with> The Unarchiver from the menu that appears. If you are asked to authorize the application to search for the other parts of the RAR file, click on the button Search and, if necessary, it also indicates the destination location of the files to be extracted.
As an alternative to the solution already mentioned, you can contact Keka: it is a free application that allows you to extract RAR files and those in other formats (eg 7Z, ZMA, ZIP, TAR etc.) in a very simple way. It also supports multiple and password protected archives. It also allows you to create new compressed archives in 7z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZP2, DMG and ISO format. Eventually it is also available in a paid variant (costs 3,49 euros) that can be purchased from the Mac App Store to support and reward the work of developers.
To download Keka on your Mac, go to the program's website and click on the button Download vx.x.xx. Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'Keka icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Afterward, 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).
Now, make sure that all parts of the RAR file to be merged are in the same location, otherwise the data contained in the RAR file cannot be extracted. If not, find the "missing pieces" of the archive and transfer them all to the same folder.
Then, drag the RAR file with the lowest number into the Keka window that has appeared on the desktop (eg. part1.rar) or the file that has no number in its name (eg. archivio.rar), corresponding to the item Release here to extract, and wait for the procedure to combine and extract the files to be completed. The final files will be saved in the same location as the original ones.
How to Merge RAR Files on Ubuntu
And up Ubuntu? How to merge RAR files? If you use this famous Linux distro, I am happy to inform you that you do not need to use any third-party tools: everything you need is already available "standard" in the operating system. In fact, you just need to exploit Archive manager, the default utility for managing compressed archives on Ubunto and that's it.
So, first make sure that all parts of the RAR file you want to merge are in the same folder. If not, fix it right away. If you don't, it won't be possible to finalize the procedure.
Next, double-click on the first of the files part of the RAR archive to be merged, i.e. the one with the lowest number (ex. part1.rar) or the file that has no number in its name (eg. archivio.rar), click on the button Extract located in the upper left part of the new window displayed, indicates the location where you want to save the archive once it has been assembled and extracted (if you don't, the file will be saved in the location where the various parts of the RAR archive are located ) and press the button again Extract, located at the bottom right.
How to Merge RAR Files on Android
As I told you at the beginning of the guide, merging RAR files is also feasible on smartphones and tablets, just use the right apps. In regards to Android, you can do this by using RAR, an application developed by the same software house as WinRAR, which allows you to open archives in RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO and ARJ formats, including multi-volume and password-protected ones.
It also allows you to generate archives in RAR and ZIP format. It's free, but it contains advertisements that can eventually be removed through in-app purchases (at a cost of 1,19 euros / year after a 14-day free trial).
To download RAR on your device, go to the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. If necessary, authorize the download by clicking on Accept. Then, click on the button apri, to start the app.
Now that you see the main screen of RAR, allow the application to access the memory and / or SD of the device in use, by tapping the button Allow, then press the buttons No, see ADSL that are less relevant e Agree, to disable advertising tracking.
At this point, go to the device or SD folder where the various parts of the RAR file you want to merge are located, using the on-screen file manager. Then, tap on the first file of the archive you want to merge, that is the one with the lowest number (eg. part1.rar) or the file that has no number in its name (eg. archivio.rar) and wait for the procedure to start and complete.
How to Merge RAR Files on IOS
If, on the other hand, what you are using is an iPhone or an iPad, to merge RAR files, I suggest you use Documents: This is a specific file manager for iOS, free and very easy to use. Thanks to it, it is possible to open, view and manage practically any kind of file, not to mention the fact that it allows you to intervene on all those that are the most common compressed archive formats.
To use it, download the app on your device by connecting to the relevant section of the App Store, by tapping the button Ottieni / Installa and authorizing the download via Face ID, touch ID o password. Then, click on the button apri appeared on the screen, to start the application.
Now that you see the Documents main screen, follow the short introductory guide of the app that is proposed to you and open the folder that contains the various parts of the RAR file of your interest, through the section Documents or that one Services.
Then, click on the first file of the RAR archive to merge, i.e. the one with the lowest number (ex. part1.rar) or the one that has no number in its name (eg. archivio.rar), and wait for the procedure to merge and extract the files to start and complete. Easier than that?