How to Open RAR Files

Zip and RAR are very similar type of file formats. There are many more compressed file formats but these are the 2 most popular ones. Opening a rar file is very easy and can be done in following 3 simple steps.

Step#1 (Download WinRAR):

Download WinRAR

Download and install the latest version of the software WinRAR ( on your computer and you will be ready in no time to extract or unzip a rar file along with many other compressed file formats like Zip, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z.

Step#2 (Open RAR file):

RAR file open window

RAR file open window

If you have received a .rar file in your e-mail, you might want to download it to your computer first. Once the rar file is downloaded on your computer, double click on it. It will open up a small window by WinRAR which will show you all the files that are compressed inside that rar archive/file.

Step#3 (Extract/the .rar file):

RAR file extract option

RAR file extract option

Click on the “Extract To” icon on the top navigation bar and it will ask you to select a location to extract all the files from that rar file. You can select any location you want but don’t forget the location you are about to unrar the file to.

After you select your preferred location, and click “OK”, you will see the extracting window for a short period.

Once the window is closed (automatically), your rar has been extracted completely at the location you chose in previous step.

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