How to open RAR on Mac

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Applications to open RAR files on Mac

open RAR with Mac you can consider one of the many programs that allow you to extract files from compressed archives. Here, then, are some applications of this kind that could be for you.

cake

cake is among the first applications to open RAR files on Mac which I recommend you take into consideration. It is a free program (a paid version is available on the Mac App Store, with the same functions, designed to support its development) that allows you to open and create compressed archives in RAR format and in many other formats.



To download Keka on your Mac, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Download [version]. Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg obtained, move Keka to the folder Applications macOS and open the path in question.

Now, right click on the program icon and select the item apri twice in a row, to bypass macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers (this is only necessary at the first start).

At this point you are ready to open a RAR file with Keka. To proceed, right click on the RAR file of your interest, select the option Open with and chooses cake from the menu that appears. Alternatively, you can extract the contents of a RAR file also by double clicking on it and pressing the button Extract.

In the latter case, however, Keka must be set as the default application to open RAR files. In case Keka is not automatically set as a program for opening compressed archives after its installation, right click on any RAR file e seleziona l'opzione Get information give the menu check if you press.



In the new window that opens, locate the section Open with, select cake via the drop-down menu and click on the buttons Edit all e Continue per salvare i Cambiomenti.

Finally, I would like to point out that starting Keka from Launchpad macOS (or by searching for it in Spotlight), selecting the option cake in the menu bar and pressing on the option Pref Renze, you can adjust the settings of the software in question. Specifically, by selecting the tab Extraction, you can choose where to extract files, whether to play a sound when an archive is extracted, and much more.

iZip Archiver

iZip Archiver is another good free program that allows you to open RAR files. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that, unlike other software of this kind, it allows you to view the contents of the archive to be opened and, subsequently, to decide whether to start decompression.

To download iZip Archiver from the Mac App Store, linked to this web page, click on the button View in the Mac App Store e seleziona l'opzione Open the App Store, to open the Mac App Store. Then press on the buttons Get e Install and inserted the Password of your Apple ID in the appropriate field (or use the touch ID, if your Mac has one), to confirm your identity and start downloading iZip Archiver.

Once the download is complete, click on the button apri, to start the application in question, select the option Open placed in the top menu, choose the RAR file of your interest and click on the button again Open. In the new window that opens, all the files contained within the previously selected archive are listed: to extract the individual files, drag them out of the window in question and drop them in the output position you prefer (eg Desktop).



Alternatively, you can also open a RAR file by right-clicking on it and selecting options Open with e Zip. At this point, select the files you want to extract and drag them out of the iZip window, as I indicated in the previous lines. Or, again, you can associate RAR files with the program as I explained to you earlier for Keka.

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a free, easy-to-use application: by double clicking on the RAR file of your interest, it allows you to extract all the files contained within it. In addition, it supports various other compressed archives, such as ZIP, 7-ZIP, TAR and GZIP.

To install The Unarchiver on your Mac, connect to this web page and click on the buttons View in the Mac App Store e Open the App Store, to open the Mac App Store. Now, click on the options Get e Install and type the Password of your Apple ID (or authenticated via touch ID, if you have a MacBook Pro with a fingerprint sensor), to start the download of The Unarchiver.

At this point, The Unarchiver should automatically set itself as the default application for managing compressed archives. If not, right click on any RAR file, select the option Get information and, in the new window that opens, locate the section Open with. Then choose The Unarchiver via the drop-down menu and click on the buttons Edit all e Continue, per salvare I modified it.


Now, to open a RAR file with The Unarchiver, simply double-click the RAR file of your interest, select the option Extract and its contents, by default, will be extracted to the same folder where the archive is located. Alternatively, you can also open a RAR file by right clicking on it, selecting the option Open with and choosing The Unarchiver from the menu that opens (alternatively, you can open RAR files with this program by double-clicking, associating the RAR files to it as I explained to you before for Keka).


Finally, by opening the program in question from the macOS Launchpad (or searching for it in Spotlight), you can manage its settings and adjust your preferences. For example, by accessing the section Extraction, you can choose where to extract open archives (Extract archives to) or set the archive to be moved to the Trash after being unzipped (Move the archive to the Trash).

How to open RAR Mac online

If you are looking for a solution that allows you to open a RAR file online, you can consider one of the services listed right below. However, I advise you not to rely on these solutions in the case of archives containing files with sensitive or private data. Also, always make sure that the service you intend to use does not keep any data on its servers and that it clearly specifies after how long the files will be permanently deleted.

B1 Online Archiver

B1 Online Archiver is a service that not only allows you to open RAR but also supports other file formats, such as ZIP, 7Z, DMG, TAR and many more. It is completely free, requires no registration and allows uploading of files up to 300 MB.

To open your RAR files with B1 Online Archiver, connected to the main page of the service, click on the button Click hereselect il RAR file to open and click on the item apri. Once this is done, wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and, in the new screen displayed, press the icon of freccia rivolta verse il basso relative to all the files contained in the archive uploaded just now, to start the download of each file.

Once all the extracted files have been downloaded to your Mac, select the option Click here, to immediately remove all files in question from the B1 Online Archiver server. Alternatively, you can simply close the page and the files will be automatically deleted within a few minutes.

Unzip-online

Unzip-online is another valid free service that allows you to open RAR and ZIP files, as long as the uploaded archives are equal to or less than 200 MB. The files, both those uploaded and those extracted, will be automatically deleted from the Unzip-online servers within 24 hours of using the service itself.

If you think this is a valid solution to open your RAR files online, linked to the official website of Unzip-online, click on the button Uncompress files and, in the new open page, click on the item Choose file. Then select the RAR file to open, click on the button apri and select the option again Uncompress files, to start loading and extract the contents of the archive in question.

On the screen File contents, all you have to do is click on name of the files to download, to start the download, and wait for the download.

Archive Extractor

Also Archive Extractor is a good service to open RAR, ZIP, 7Z, DMG, TAR, ISO and many more. It is free, completely in cittàn and allows you to upload files with a maximum size of 200 MB. Furthermore, it also allows you to open archives already uploaded online, by entering the relative URL, and is able to decompress both password-protected archives and multi-volume archives. Files are automatically deleted within 12 hours of uploading.

To use Archive Extractor, connected to the official website of the service, click on the button Choose files from computer, select the RAR file of your interest and click on the option apri, to start loading and automatically extract its content.

If, on the other hand, you want to extract a RAR file that you have already uploaded online, click on the option URL, enter its address in the field Open file from URL and click on the button OK. Alternatively, select one of the available options from Google Drive e dropbox, to select a RAR file from your Google Drive or Dropbox account.

After indicating the file to open, regardless of the solution you have previously chosen, wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and click on name of all the extracted files you intend to download to your Mac.

For more solutions to open RAR files online, you can check out my tutorial dedicated to the topic.

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