How to open rar archive when you don’t have WinRAR installed

by Rohit Khurana on August 31, 2008



One of a reader reported us a simple problem on how to open compressed RAR file format when you don’t have WinRAR installed, or some times a user may not know what .rar file mean and which program to use to open .rar file.


This is quite common and simple trouble which can be easily dealt with two type of solutions.


Let’s see what are the two potential fixes to this problem.


Two Method to solve the problem are listed below

Method 1:

You can simply open .RAR file by downloading the shareware version of WinRAR from here, but it would be a shareware version it wont offer full features of WinRAR

Method 2:

The complete solution to this problem could be solved by using a open source, free compression and decompression software called 7-Zip, download it from here.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashish August 31, 2008 at 8:46 am

7zip’s pretty nifty tool, but i’ve not been able to open split rar files (spanning across multiple files; typically downloded through torrents) with it. i still had to resort to WinRAR for this…do lemme knw how can i go abt it with 7zip

Shanta August 31, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Agreed, 7-zip is not optimal for RAR. Personally I use BitZipper which also has a cool batch-tool that can extract multiple RARs and ZIPs at once.

zipeg September 1, 2008 at 9:03 am

Zipeg is free and work on both Mac and Windows. Opens RAR and ZIP files and many others. Great for digital photo archives.

shashi September 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm

dear all,

whenever I am copying some documents from a web site through Internet Explorer and paste in MS word then word is going to hang position and saying that not responding.

But the same thing whenever I am copying this through fire fox it is working properly.

please support me.

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