Thursday, December 14

How to Open .rar Files on a Mac

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.Rar is a file format that is used to compress computer files and make them smaller. .Rar files can be broken up into equally sized parts for archiving and they can also have a password. To open a .rar on your Mac, you usually need special software.

RAR stands for Roshal ARchive. It is a non-documented archive file format that supports data compression, error recovery, and file spanning. The main .rar expander for windows is winrar, but you can also open .rar files on your Mac.

Things You’ll Need:

Mac running OS X 10.x

.Rar files to open

.Rar expander software  ( like RAR Expander 0.8.4 for mac )

Steps

Step 1: You can download RAR Expander 0.8.4 for mac –> (http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Compression-Tools/RAR-Expander.shtml )

Step 2: Use a decompression tool such as UnrarX to open .rar files on a Mac  OS  X 10.0 and higher. –> ( http://www.unrarx.com/ )

Step 3: Open .rar files on your Mac by dragging the files and then dropping them onto the icon for your expander software. The software will then decompress and open the files so you can use them.

Tips

Make your own compressed .rar files with compression software and save space on your hard drive.

Warnings

Before opening any .rar file, always make sure to run it through a virus scanner if you don’t know where the file came from.

In some cases, large files are split into multiple .rar files called “volumes.” You will know if you have a multiple-volume .rar file by the file name extension. The main file that you will need to decompress will be labeled .rar00, with additional files numbered .rar01, .rar02, etc. If you do not have all of the smaller volumes, you might not be able to open the main file. You will need to get the missing files.

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