What is rar and zip

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To open your RAR file


What is a RAR file extension?

RAR files are compressed files created by the WinRAR packer. For large data sets, RAR files can be divided into multi-volume archives. These files must be extracted just like zip files.

How to open RAR files

  1. Save the .RAR file to the desktop. If your packed file was downloaded from a website, you can save it in the "Downloads" folder in your documents or in the user directory.
  2. Start WinZip from the start menu or via the desktop shortcut. Open the zipped file by clicking "File> Open". If there are packed files associated with the WinZip program on your system, simply double-click the file.
  3. Select all files and folders within the packed file. Or use multiselect only to select the files and folders that you want to open by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on them.
  4. In the WinZip toolbar, click on "1-Click Extract" and select "Extract to PC or Cloud" under the "Extract / Share" tab.
  5. Select the destination folder in which the files to be extracted are to be saved and click the "Extract" button.
  6. You can find your unzipped files in the destination folder.

Open RAR files on Windows and Mac

  • WinZip Windows
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • WinZip Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10
  • 64-bit Intel processors
  • Supports Apple Retina Displays

WinZip opens and extracts packed RAR archive files and many other file formats

We designed WinZip to open and extract as many file formats as possible, including all of the following:

  • XXencoded
  • MIME
  • BinHex
  • Zipx
  • And zip

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