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How to open RAR files

RAR is a popular and reliable archive format. It was developed by Eugene Roshal, the Russian programmer. This format has come with WinRAR utility. But nowadays a variety of archivers can work with this extension. And RAR can be deciphered as Rorshal ARchiv. In 2004, Eugene delivered developer rights (and copyright) to his brother, Alexander. That’s the origin of RAR name.

There are two types of archivers. The first type provides compressing and decompressing options. The second one is only for extracting. Simple utilities, which haven’t additional settings, are related to the last type.

Many of archivers offer protection by password. You can encrypt your archive using this function. Some programs allow users to create solid, multi-part and multi-volume archives. Archivers can integrate into the context menu and compress a lot of files. That’s very helpful when you need to compress all files at once.

The most utilities are free in this list. But there is also paid software (as WinRAR) that provides supplementary functions. Almost all of them have Multilanguage support. You can download and compare their functionality. The list is valid for Windows platform.

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WinRAR 5.21
WinRAR 5.50
A good solution for making and opening different types of archives.
Paid
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Hamster Free ZIP Archiver 3.0.0.86
Free archiver that uses extended capabilities of multicore CPUs.
Free
English
 
 
PeaZip 6.2.0
A powerful archiver that has a lot of useful functions.
Free
English
 
 
Universal Extractor 1.6.1
A small program designed to extract archive files.
Free
English
 
 
ExtractNow 4.8.2.0
A simple program that can extract multiple archives.
Free
English
 
 
RarZilla Free Unrar 7.00
A small utility that allows user to extract RAR files.
Free
English
 
 
J7Z 1.3.0-1
A simple utility that offers decompression and compression.
Free
English
 
 
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