Open .RAR File on a Mac

Issue:

How do I open a .rar file?

 

Environment:

MacOS
 

Resolution:

1.  In order to open a .rar file, use an application called Unarchiver.

a) Open your Mac's App Store.

b) Click the search bar in the upper-right side of the App Store window.

c)  Type "unarchiver" into the search bar, then press Enter.

d) Click Get below the "Unarchiver" heading.

e) Click Install App below the "Unarchiver" heading when prompted.

f) Enter your Apple ID password if prompted.

h) Once installed, open the Unarchiver application.

i) Check the "RAR Archive" box. Doing so ensures that the Unarchiver program will be able to open RAR files in the future.
 

2.  Extract the contents of the .rar file.

a) Select a RAR file. Go to the location of a RAR file which you want to open, then click the RAR file. If you are trying to extract a multi-part RAR file, start with the ".rar" or ".part001.rar" file. All the parts should be in the same folder.

b) Click "File" in the top left of your Mac's screen. A drop-down menu will appear.  In some cases, you may also be able to double-click the RAR file to open it in Unarchiver. This may not work if you have multiple apps which can open RAR files on your Mac.

c)  Select "Open With." This option is in the File drop-down menu. A pop-out menu will appear.

d) Click "The Unarchiver." Doing so will prompt your RAR file to open in Unarchiver, which will begin extracting the RAR file's contents into the RAR's folder. If the RAR file is password-protected, you'll be prompted to enter the password before the files can be extracted.

e) Open the extracted file(s). By default, The Unarchiver will extract the RAR's files into the same folder in which the RAR file was located. For example, if the RAR file was in the Desktop folder, you'll find the extracted files there.

 

 

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Details

Article ID: 114152
Created
Tue 8/18/20 2:12 PM
Modified
Tue 8/31/21 7:51 AM