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File Type WinRAR Compressed Archive IconWinRAR Compressed Archive
File Format Proprietary (Eugene Roshal)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

File or group of files compressed with RAR compression; uses a higher compression ratio than typical ZIP compression; incorporates a proprietary compression algorithm now used by other compressors such as 7-Zip (for 7z files).

The RAR compressor can also create spanned archives, or compressed archives that are split across several files; these files may have file extensions from ".R00" to ".R99" or may all have the standard ".RAR" extension.

The name "RAR" comes from "Roshal ARchive" since the RAR compression algorithm was developed by Eugene Roshal.

Open With
Windows

IconRARLAB WinRAR

IconCorel WinZip for RAR Files

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows

Macintosh

IconCorel WinZip for Mac

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Mac

IconIncredible Bee Archiver

Unix

Iconunrar

IconB1 Free Archiver

Updated January 4, 2011
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