Files with the .RAR extension contain data archives compressed with a proprietary algorithm. This format was developed in its initial version in the year 1993, by a Russian programmer – Eugene Roshal, and currently it is being developed along with the WinRAR software.
It provides a high level compression and supports many additional functionalities, such as:
RAR archives are created only with the graphic interface WinRAR software for Microsoft Windows system, and in a RAR console program in other platforms. There are also applications which have an agreement of the owner of the rights toward the proprietary format. It is different in case of unpacking the files – the source code is available for use, but with a restriction regarding back-engineering its source code. Not all versions of RAR format are backward compatible, therefore, sometimes the program will not be able to unpack some of the files with this extension.
The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support RAR files. Files with RAR suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with RAR extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with RAR extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening RAR files is that no program that can handle RAR files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing WinRAR or different compatible program, such as WinZip, 7-Zip, StuffIt Deluxe. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support RAR files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download WinRAR installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit win.rar GmbH website and download from their official repositories.
You still cannot access RAR files although WinRAR is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that WinRAR cannot handle files with RAR may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of WinRAR is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing WinRAR (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open RAR files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the RAR file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the RAR file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the RAR file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If the RAR file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the RAR file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open RAR files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with WinRAR Compressed Archive file. It may be the case that the RAR files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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