You are a beginner in the world of technology of the information and a colleague of his has just sent him a compressed file that on his PC seems impossible to open. This is not the ZIP normal, but a file in a format that I have never heard of before: RAR. Considering the situation, you would like to understand how open files RAR. If things are really this way, I can explain to you, in a simple but not detailed and small way, how to do it, both in Windows and in macOS, as well as acting online and on your mobile devices.

Before you can be alarmed and think about the worst, I want to immediately clarify that carrying out the operation in question is extremely simple and that it is not absolutely necessary to be a great expert in terms of new technologies. You only need to take a few minutes of free time for yourself, position yourself comfortably, obtain the ad hoc tools that I will show you and follow the corresponding instructions for use.

Whether it is a RAR fileSimple, so to speak, with a password protected or corrupted file, I assure you that you will be able to easily extract all the data contained in it. So? Are you ready to start? Yes? Big. Let's ban the talk and proceed. Good work!

How to open RAR files on PC

If you are using it, it is a PC with its installed windows, the resources you need to trust open a RAR file are the ones you find below. Put them to the test immediately, you will see that you will not regret it.


WinRAR is the program par excellence for open files RAR on Windows. It is, in fact, one of the most recognized software in the category. Allows you to extract and compress RAR filesas well as intervene in many other types of compressed files. It is distributed as trial software, so it is free to download and displays a notice at each startup inviting you to purchase a license within 40 days. Actually, after this period of time, the software continues to work, but shows the invitations purchase more insistently and does not allow you to take advantage of some advanced features (for example, secure encryption with AES-256-bit logarithm).

To download it to your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the button backing out placed next to the entrance 64-bit WinRAR for Windows XP /2003/View/2008/7/8/10 (if you use a 64-bit version of Windows) or what you find in the newsroom WinRAR for Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008/7/8/10 32 bit (if you use 32-bit Windows).

When the download is complete, open the archive .exe proceed and in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the buttons yes, install, good y search.

Once the setup is complete, you can also start using WinRAR to unzip your compressed files. To do this, right click on the reference file and select the item Extract files from the context menu that opens.

In the window displayed on the desktop, indicate the exit position on the PC in the field at the top, specify the update and overwrite mode by selecting the options you prefer and click the button good placed at the bottom. If the file is protected by password, also enter the latter in the dedicated field.

If you are interested, I inform you that through the contextual menu visible after right-clicking on the compressed file, you can also perform the following actions: extract the elements contained in it directly in the current position, choosing the option Look here ; view the content of the file without extracting it, selecting the option Open with WinRAR ; extract the file to a folder with the same name, choosing the option Extract files to (file name).


As an alternative to WinRAR, to open RAR files in Windows you may consider taking into consideration 7-Zip. It is completely free and open source software, which in fact allows you to extract all the most popular compressed file formats, including those in RAR format. It also allows you to work on password protected multi-volume files and generate new compressed files in various formats.

To download the program, visit their website and select the link Download what do you find in the Windows version in use on your PC (64-bit or 32-bit), at the top of the displayed page.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file proceed and in the window displayed on the desktop click the buttons yes, install y search.

Once the installation procedure is complete, right click on the RAR file you want to extract and select from the context menu that appears 7-Zip> Open. Then press the button abstract In the window displayed on the screen, indicate the location on your PC where you want save the extracted files and press the button good. If the RAR file is protected by password, before continuing, you must enter the latter

Through the context menu, you can also choose other options to extract RAR files, depending on your needs: selecting the elements 7-Zip> Extract here you can extract the files to the current location; choose items 7-Zip> Extract the files You can indicate an exact location in Windows where to extract the files; selecting items 7-Zip> Open you can continue to extract some specific elements, dragging them out of the window that appears, and then dropping them in the position you prefer.

How to open RAR files on Mac

If you are using MacOS, the resources to which you must resort to open the RAR files are those that I have indicated in the following lines. They are specifically designed for Mac and they are quite easy to use, you have my word.

The unarchive

The unarchive is a specific application for Mac, completely free and very easy to use, thanks to which it is possible to extract RAR files, even those protected by passwords, and all the other popular compressed file formats. It also provides access to the contents of files from ISO image and BIN and executable files for Windows.

To download The Unarchiver on macOS, visit the appropriate section of the Mac App Store, click the button View in the Mac App Store (if necessary) and, in the window that opens, press the buttons get y install. If requested, also authorize the download by writing the Apple account password or Traves de touch ID (if you have a Mac with this component).

When the installation is complete, The Unarchiver should automatically be configured as the default application for managing archives. Then, by double-clicking any file in RAR format, its content will automatically be extracted to the current position.

Alternatively, right click on the file, choose options Open with> The Unarchiver from the context menu and, if necessary, also indicates the position in which to extract the whole. Also, if the RAR file you want to open is protected by password, you will be asked in advance to enter.

I also inform you that, if you consider it necessary, you can go to act in the program settings, for example, to indicate the location in which to save the files once they are extracted and to establish what actions to carry out in the compressed files after the extraction. To do this, access the main window of The Unarchiver and act on the elements available on the screen.


Another Mac tool you can consider using to open RAR files is cake. This is software that, by simple drag and drop, allows you to extract RAR files and all major compressed file formats including 7Z, ZMA, ZIP, etc. It also allows you to create new compressed files in 7z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZP2, DMG and ISO formats. It is free, but in the Mac App Store It is available in a paid variant (it costs 3,49 euros) that can be purchased to support and reward the work of developers.

To download Keka to your PC, go to their website and click the button Download vx.x.xx.

When the download is complete, open the .dmg package obtained and drag the Keka icon in the folder applications by macOS. Then right click on it and select the item open from the context menu, to open the program avoiding the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only from the first start).

Now that you see the program window on the desktop, drag the RAR file to extract it and drop it on the item. Drop here to extract, then wait for it to start and complete the extraction procedure. The contents of the archive will be saved in the same location as the original RAR archive. If the RAR file you want to extract is protected by password, you will also be asked to type the latter to continue.

If necessary, I inform you that you can intervene in the configuration related to the operation of the software, for example, choosing what actions to perform in the compressed file after extraction. To do this, open the menu Keka> Preferences located in the upper left corner of the screen and adjust the options in the window that appears.

How to open RAR files online

If you need to open a RAR file but do not want or cannot install new programs on your PC, know that you can also do everything directly and comfortably en línea, resorting to the use of special web services, as in the case of B1 Online Archiver. In fact, it is a free application that can be used from the browser window, which allows you to extract the compressed files in RAR, ZIP, 7Z, etc. format. The only thing to keep in mind is that the maximum supported size for each file is 300 MB. Please note, then, that the uploaded and extracted files are removed from the service servers shortly after closing the page.

To use B1 Online Archiver, open the navigator that you normally use on your PC to browse online (eg. chrome ), go to the service home page, click the button Click here place in the center and select the RAR file to extract the present on your Pc. Alternatively, you can drag the file directly into the browser window.

So wait for the file to be processed, after which you will be shown a new page with the list of all the files it contains. If the file is protected by password Additionally, you will also be asked to type it in to continue.

Once the extraction is complete, to download the items obtained on the PC, click the button blue Arrow that you find next to the name of each file.

How to open RAR files on Android

If you are using a mobile phone a tablet Android, to open the RAR files you can trust the use of the application RAR. It is an application developed by RARLAB, the WinRAR company, the program I told you about in the step at the beginning of the guide. It allows you to extract archives in RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO and ARJ formats, even those protected by passwords, and create archives in RAR and ZIP format. It's free, but it contains ads that can be removed by subscribing to a paid subscription (it costs € 1,19 / year) through in-app purchases.

To download RAR to your device, access the corresponding section of Play Store and touch the button install. Then start the application by pressing the button open appeared on the screen or touching the relative icon which has been added to the home screen.

Now that you see the main screen of the application, grant RAR the necessary permissions to access the memory and / or SD of the device by touching the item allowthen press the buttons No, see ADSL which are less relevant y agree to disable ad tracking.

Then select the RAR file to open by tapping the button with the horizontal lines located in the upper left, choosing the reference position and then the compressed file.

On the screen that will then be shown, you will find a list of all the files contained in the file. To open them individually, touch the corresponding title and indicate the application in which you want to see them.

However, to extract the files into a certain folder, put a check mark next to the file name, select the button with the book and the arrow pointing up located at the top right and choose the destination path by pressing the corresponding button, then press the button good placed in the lower right.

In all cases, if the file you want to extract is protected by passwordTo view or extract the files it contains, you must first enter the corresponding password.

How to open RAR files on iPhone and iPad

Even in iPhone y Protectors RAR files can be opened. You ask me as Simple, in fact, much more: use special applications. Among the various available in the square, I recommend IZIP. At the expense of the name, it is an application that allows you to open not only ZIP files but also those in RAR format. It is very simple to use, has a clean user interface and is free, but it allows you to work on files with a maximum size of 5 MB. To avoid this limitation, you must switch to the Pro variant, for a fee (at a cost of 7,99 euros).

To download the application on your device, visit the corresponding section of the App Store, press the button get in that install and authorize the download through Face ID, touch ID o Apple ID Password. Then start the application by pressing the button open appeared on the screen or touching the relevant icon which has been added to the home screen.

Now that you see the main screen of the application, select the location where the RAR file you want to extract is located, select the reference file and tap the button YES to access the file contents. Then press the button good to extract all the files contained in the archive or press the button cancel, you individually choose the ones that interest you and touch the button unzip placed at the bottom.

At this point, if you want, you can decide to open the extracted files through a specific application or you can share them, touching them dedicated buttons located at the bottom of the screen and then making your choice from the menu that appears.

How to open a RAR file with unknown password

You must open a RAR file with unknown password And would you like to know if there is a system to handle it? Well, know that you can do it using special programs, which I have provided in my guide dedicated specifically to the subject in question.

I already anticipate that it is a software capable of finding the reference access key exploiting "brute force" attacks or using the "dictionary" method. In the first case, the program used tries to identify the established password by trying all possible combinations of letters, special characters and numbers, while in the second case, the lists of known passwords included in ad hoc dictionaries are tried.

How to open damaged RAR files

Must access to content from a RAR file but can't because the referenced file seems to be spoiled ? Do not despair, you can cope with this by resorting to the use of software specifically designed to remedy situations of this type, repairing RAR files (and not only) that are, in fact, damaged and cannot be opened properly. For all the ideas of the case, read my specific tutorial on the subject.