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Create archives compressed in RAR file format with PeaZip

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Create archives compressed in RAR file format with PeaZip

is a popular archive format introduced by WinRARcreate rar files for Windows platform, and ported to Linux (only as extractor) by the same Author of WinRAR Eugene Roshal.

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RAR format is well known for the high compression ratio archives, strong encryption and advanced data recovery capabilities (recovery records).
PeaZip, freeware and open source utility, supports by default RAR browsing, testing and extraction on Linux and Windows, through the open source implementation rewritten as free software by Igor Pavlov in 7-Zipfree rar files utility and p7zip.

No free software utility is available for create RAR compressed files: UNRAR is available as free and open source software for allowing extraction of RAR archives both on Linux and Windows with the clause of not reverse engineering the code for implementing RAR compression.
The non reverse engineering clause about the RAR compression algorithm apply as well for any rewritten version, so no free RAR compressor can be created.
So, due to RAR's license constrains, no free software can be written to be capable of writing RAR archives (which is required bot for RAR archive creation and repairing), unless calling Windows-only WinRar's executables (i.e. rar.exe), that requires having WinRar (shareware, not freeware) downloaded and installed as a separate product.
Please note that WinRar license's time trial legal limitations apply to any part of the package (as i.e. rar.exe) as well, even if it does not display the warning screen as the GUI executable.

Creation of RAR archives from PeaZip
With WinRar installed you can use PeaZip's "Custom" archive type interface to use rar.exe to create RAR format archives through PeaZip's GUI: chose "Custom" format in compression dialog and the first time go to "Advanced" tab to tell PeaZip how to use the executable
1 - locate where the rar.exe executable is in your system, in "Executable" filed
2 - write a (which stands for create archive) in "Parameters" filed
3 - select the second entry in "Syntax" dropdown menu: "parameters, output, input"
Now any time you will select "Custom" format compression PeaZip will automatically use the syntax rar.exe a nameofthearchive nameoftheinputfiles
Please note that rar.exe command line syntax is not a 1:1 replacement of WinRar features, especially worth of notice is that "a" command creates the archive storing full paths (and creation storing relative paths option is not even featured) while WinRar GUI application creates by default archives storing relative paths.

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