Open and UnRar RAR Files on a Mac
If you need to open and expand rar files in Mac OS X, grab the free UnRarX tool. Not only will UnRarX quickly open and decompress .rar files, but it also has the ability to restore corrupted and missing archives using par files. Archive restoration using par2 is often essential when working with torrent and newsgroup downloads.
UnRarX is a free download and you can get it here.
How to Open .rar Files and Unrar in Mac OS X
Once you download the app, opening and expanding rar files is similar to .zip and .sit archives:
- Download UnRarX from the above link
- Launch UnRarX
- Drag and drop any rar archives into the open application to unrar them
After UnRarX has been run, it will now be associated with .rar archives on your Mac, allowing you to just double-click on any rar file to extract it in the future. You can also just open the rar file and explore the archive without uncompressing it.
Rar files are often thought of as part of the Windows world, but Mac users frequently come across them too. I get asked on a somewhat regular basis “What is a RAR file and how do I use it?” from both Windows and Mac users. After explaining it’s an archive format, I always come back to recommending UnRarX, if there is a better free solution for Mac OS X I haven’t found it yet.