Open File Type: .rar

Description: .rar files contain one or more files have been compressed and packaged into an archive file.

If you are having issues opening a .rar archive file, we recommend using 7-Zip to open and manage all your file archives.

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Editor’s Review

Editor’s Rating ★★★★★

Most people first discover 7-Zip because they’ve downloaded an archive file with the file extension .rar, and their computer won’t open it. However, once they install 7-Zip, they quickly realize its capabilities go far beyond just a .rar opener.

With this handy tool, users can open nearly any archive file format, and create archives of their own, usually at a far more data-efficient means than with their computer’s proprietary archiving utility. After using 7-Zip for a few days, and really putting it through the paces, we quickly realized why this is the most popular file compression software; it did everything we asked it to in no time, and the interface was simple to navigate. The archiving options were all easy to use, and regardless of the format of the archive (ZIP, RAR, 7Z) they all seemed to be highly space-efficient.

Consumer Reviews

Average User’s Rating ★★★★★

Jeff says: “I was looking for a free .rar file extractor, but with 7-Zip I got so much more. This has become my go-to file management program!”

Anita said: “7-Zip opens every archive file, including iso. I couldn’t believe it! I still don’t really understand how a program this useful is free.”

Michael said: “I have saved so much room on my hard drive by compressing my files with 7-Zip. It takes up less space, and all my files are just one click away.”


  • 100% Free to use – full features at no cost!
  • Formats supported: ISO, RAR, BIN, ZIP, 7Z, ARJ, BZIP2, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, GZIP, HFS, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RPM, TAR, UDF, WIM, XAR, and Z.
  • Open archive files and create new archives of files currently existing on your computer.
  • Easy to navigate drag-and-drop interface.
  • Strong file encryption options assure that your data is safe if uploaded to cloud storage or shared privately.
  • Password protection and archive splitting are both supported.
  • Internationally supported – localized for 79 different languages!