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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver / unrar utility that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX...
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract over 180 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files and more...
Features of PeaZip includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export job definition as script.

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HOW TO OPEN AND EXTRACT RAR FILES

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How to open and extract RAR files


PeaZip is a free opener and extractor for RAR files, it supports by default browsing, testing and extraction of rar archives on Linux and Windows, through the Open Source implementation rewritten as free software by Igor Pavlov in 7z/7-Zip and p7zip. This back-end utility, since release 15.06, supports extraction of both legacy .rar files (up to RARv2.9/RAR4 format) and new RAR5 files, effectively handling all standard rar files specifications.

Read more: what is .rar file format, how to create rar files

PeaZip users can chose to work with RAR5 format through Open Source 7z/p7zip code (default) or, as alternative extraction engine, to handle them through RarLab's unrar binary implementation, which is made available by original Author as freeware, royalty-free and with full sources, but due unrar licensing restrictions (the code cannot be modified in order to obtain a RAR compressor) the component is considered not OSI-compliant and it is consequently offered as additional, separate package.
UNRAR5 Plugin can be downloaded from Add-ons page: please note the package is only provided as alternative extractor in the unlikely case anomalies are encoutered working with RAR5 files, but it is not strictly needed to handle that format.

As alternative utilities, 7-Zip (on MS Windows systems) and p7zip (on Linux/BSD), both free and Open Source tools, are recommended for working with RAR file format with same limitations as PeaZip - manage WinRar files as opener, viewer / reader and extractor only.

Create / update RAR file


PeaZip support for this file type is read-only (limited to extractor / opener function), the application cannot write to .rar file format to create a new file or edit an existing one, unless invoking WinRar' RAR exe as custom compressor, this topic is discussed in RAR compression page.

Due the proprietary nature of the RAR file type (no reverse engineering clause about using sources to create a rar compressor), no royalty free rar utility tool, under Open Source license, is known to be able to manage creation or modification / update of existing rar packages.

How to convert RAR files


Even if RAR is an exceptional archival format in terms of features, performances, and active development, it is a good idea to convert rar files into free formats, not encumbered by patents and copyright limitations, such as 7Z or ZIP.
File converter procedure using Convert button extracts and then re-pack input archive files into any write-supported format (7z, arc, pea, tar, zip...), optionally keeping or discarding original archives - either creating an output archive for each individual input item, or consolidating all input data in a single output archive.

While this utility can i.e. convert rar to zip or 7z, the inverse is not possible - i.e. 7z, tar, zip archives cannot be converted in rar files - being rar format supported read-only (limited to reader / viewer and extractor operations).

Encrypted RAR file extraction


To decompress an encrypted .rar file, enter the password in PeaZip clicking the padlock icon read rar with password in the status bar (in the file/archive browser) or shown below output address field (in extraction or archiving interfaces), or click Tools > Enter password / keyfile in main menu, or press F9 accelerator key.

Encrypted RAR archives display password-protected items marked by * sign after filename when browsed from PeaZip's file/archive manager.

If password is forgot or missing for any reason, please note that RAR cryptography is based on AES algorithm and it is unlikely to manage to brute-force or otherwise remove rar password protection from an encrypted archive - best password recovery strategy in this case remains social engineering or dictionary based guessing.

Open RAR files

Opening a rar file using PeaZip as opener / extractor application allows to browse and search content inside the archive. To view the rar file's content:

  • double click the rar archive, if file extension is associated with the PeaZip (default)
  • if rar file type is not associated with PeaZip, right-click on the archive and use system context menu "Open as archive" entry, that will attempt to read any user provided file type regardless file associations

Extract RAR files

Use one of the procedures described below to decompress .rar archives using PeaZip as extractor tool

  • Extract RAR file from the system

    • Select one or more rar archives and use context menu entry "Extract..." to display full extraction screen GUI where to set output path, password, and other options

    • Select one or more archives and use context menu entry Extract here or Extract here (to new folder) for quick extraction with no further confirmation

  • RAR extraction within PeaZip main program

    • Extract button shows full featured archive extraction screen providing access to all options (password, set output path, open output path after decompression, keep or delete original archives, etc) and can send to extraction selected items only

    • Extract all to... button activate a simplified dialog asking for output path only

    • while exploring the archive content, simply drag & drop desired objects from the application to the system

    • Doubleclick on an archived file to open it in preview mode, i.e. to inspect its content before considering the need for real extraction

Extract a spanned (split) RAR file

Save all the parts of the rar archive in the same directory, then open as usual the first volume of the archive, which usually has R00, R01, or 001 extension - subsequent volumes of the set should have progressively numbered extensions (r02, r03 etc).



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