Programs to open RAR files

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WinRAR (Windows, macOS and Linux)

The first among the programs to open RAR files that I want to “introduce you” is WinRAR, one of the software for the management of compressed archives that bases its functions mainly on the RAR format. It allows not only to read but also to create RAR archives (including those with passwords, self-extracting ones and multivolume ones) and supports a very wide range of compressed archives, it does not let even CD and DVD image files "escape".



The program is paid but is available in a free trial version that after 45 days no longer allows you to use the more advanced functions and displays a warning message at every start. WinRAR is available for Windows operating systems and also for macOS and Linux (from the command line).

To connect immediately to the official WinRAR website and download it (and possibly also purchase it) on your computer click here.

WinZip (Windows e macOS)

Another software worth mentioning in this guide dedicated to programs to open RAR files is WinZip. Contrary to what its name suggests, it is a software that allows you to create and open RAR files in a very simple and fast way by providing the user with a wide range of advanced functions.

It also supports other compressed archive formats, including ZIP, 7Z, TAR, etc. and file sharing locally and over the network. The software is usable on both Windows and macOS. It is paid but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all its functions for a period of 30 days.

To immediately connect to the official WinZip website and download it (and possibly also purchase it) on your computer click here.


7-Zip (Windows)


Another among the programs to open RAR files that I want to suggest you pay attention to is 7-Zip. It is a very famous software, considered by many, users and experts in the sector, one of the best free alternatives to WinRAR. It has a stripped down user interface but that's not what we need to talk about.

We are in fact in the presence of a very powerful software able to create very quickly archives in ZIP, 7Z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR and WIM format and to open many other types of archives (including CD and DVD image files). It's completely in town, it's Windows only, and it's also available in a version optimized for 64-bit systems.

To connect immediately to the official 7-Zip website and download it to your computer click here.

IZArc (Windows)

IZArc is known in the industry of programs to open RAR files for the huge range of compressed archives it can open. Here is the complete list to which various CD / DVD image file formats must also be added: 7Z, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB , ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ , UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO.

It allows you to easily create archives in ZIP format and supports archives encrypted with AES 256 bit technology. It is only available for Windows operating systems and is a free resource.


To connect immediately to the official IZArc website and download it to your computer click here.

ZipGenius (Windows)

ZipGenius is a city project that has set itself the goal of offering users a free but complete solution to manage all the main formats of compressed archives. Through its well-finished user interface with large beautiful icons, it allows you to read RAR, ZIP and many other archive formats and to create ZIP and 7Z files.


It is available in two versions, the Standard and the Suite which stands out from the first for the presence of additional skins, an FTP client and other useful tools. It is usable only and exclusively on Windows.

To connect immediately to the official ZipGenius website and download it to your computer, click here.

TugZip (Windows)

Another among the programs to open RAR files that I want to invite you to pay attention to is TugZip. It is a simple and free software that offers a very wide support to all the main formats of compressed archives, both in reading and in writing.

It allows you to open files in ZIP, 7Z, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TAZ, YZ1 and ZOO and to create ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ and YZ1 archives with advanced functions related to encryption and self-extracting archives. It is available only and exclusively for Windows operating systems.

To connect immediately to the official TugZip website and download it to your computer click here.


HaoZip (Windows)

HaoZip is a free software produced in China still not very well known by us (at least not as much as other similar solutions included in this selection) but which immediately stands out for its ease of use and for the wide range of supported archives.

It allows you to open RAR files but also 7Z, ZIP and other 40 different archive formats and to create 7Z, ZIP and TAR files. Its interface is interchangeable thanks to the skins and its speed of extraction / compression of the archives is very high. It is only available for Windows.


To connect immediately to the official HaoZip website and download it to your computer click here.

ALZip (Windows)

ALZip is an additional software to open RAR files that I want to suggest you take seriously. It is in fact a Windows program for the management of compressed archives capable of decompressing over forty file formats and creating archives in ZIP, EGG, ALZ, TAR, TBZ, TGZ, LZH, JAR format.

Its user interface is very simple to use (even if not yet translated into cittàn) and the decompression speed is very high. The software is free but to be able to use it freely you need to register it with the code on the download page on the official website.

To connect immediately to the official ALZip website and download it to your computer click here.

The Unarchiver (macOS)

Do you use a Mac? Then for sure you will be happy to get to know The Unarchiver. This is a free application specific to macOS that allows you to extract any file from compressed archives in RAR format with a simple double click on them (as does the Compression Utility integrated in macOS with ZIP files). Apart from RAR format, it supports ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZIP and other types of compressed archives, including password-protected and multi-part archives.

Once installation is complete, The Unarchiver should automatically set itself as the default application for opening RAR files, so you should just double-click on any archive to have its contents extracted into the current folder.

To connect to the section of the Mac App Store dedicated to The Unarchiver and to immediately download it to your Mac click here.

StuffIt Expander (macOS)

StuffIt Expander is an excellent alternative to The Unarchiver that can fully fit into this tutorial entirely dedicated to programs to open RAR files. It supports all major compressed archive formats: RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR and many more.

It has an extremely simple user interface to use and is very fast in the data decompression process. To extract compressed archives with StuffIt Expander just drag the files onto the box icon that appears on the screen. The software is for macOS only and is free.

To connect to the section of the Mac App Store dedicated to StuffIt Expander and to immediately download it to your Mac click here.

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