RAR 5.20

A powerful, yet closed-source archive manager for Linux and BSD operating systems
RAR - The help menu of the RAR tool, as viewed from the Linux terminal
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RAR is a free, closed-source command-line application that provides Linux and BSD users with an easy way to create or extract rar archives under their open source operating systems. Three executables are included in the binary packages, two versions of the rar command (a static and a shared one) and the unrar command, which is used to extract rar archives from the command-line.

Features at a glance

While the application is able to create only RAR and ZIP archives, it has been engineered to extract TAR, GZ, BZ2, Z, 7Z, LZH, ISO, JAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, and UUE archives.

Among some of its main functions, we can mention the ability to add comments to archives, change archive parameters, delete specific files from archives, update files in an archive, repair archives, reconstruct missing volumes, or create recovery volumes.

In addition, users will be able to use the RAR program to convert an archive to or from the SFX (Self-extracting archive) format, test archive files, rename archived files, lock archives, list the contents of an archive, as well as to extract files with full path.

Not a replacement for TAR

While its compression rate is rather small, most Linux users will prefer to use the integrated TAR archive manager to create highly compressed archives, especially when using the tar.xz format.

However, if you want to extract rar archives under any open source Linux OS, you should use the open source unRAR program, which can be installed separately via the default software repositories of your Linux distribution.

Availability and supported OSes

On Linux, the software is distributed as two binary files, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (64-bit and 32-bit). To use the program, you’ll have to download and extract the corresponding file for your architecture.

It doesn’t require installation, but it is better to install it if you don’t want to always type long paths to the location of the executable every time you want to use the program. Additionally, several Linux distributions include the RAR program in their default software channels, so it is better to install the application from there.

Reviewed by , last updated on December 2nd, 2014

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What's New in This Release:
  • If Windows User Account Control prevents extracting or archiving commands to create files in system protected folders, WinRAR attempts to start its another copy with administrator privileges to complete the operation. It is necessary to confirm privileges elevation in response to User Account Control prompt to allow such second WinRAR copy to run.
  • You can drag files in Explorer with right mouse button, drop them to some folder and select WinRAR archiving commands in context menu to create an archive with these files in the destination folder.
  • It is possible to use WinRAR.ini file instead of Registry to store WinRAR settings. You may prefer such approach if you plan to install WinRAR to removable media, such as USB flash drive, and then run it on different computers. See "WinRAR.ini file" topic in "Configuration settings" chapter of WinRAR help for details.
  • Added extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using XZ compression algorithm.
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RAR - The help menu of the RAR tool, as viewed from the Linux terminalRAR - The help menu of the RAR tool, as viewed from the Linux terminalRAR - The help menu of the RAR tool, as viewed from the Linux terminal

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RAR is a command-line archive manager utility that allows users to manage and control various archive files, including...

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