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How to Open RAR Files on Mac [Working Method for Mac OS and Mac OSX]

Hello Friends and Fans. This is your own Steve Sadiq. Today i’ll share with you guys my working method that will solve your problem of how to open RAR files on Mac. I would like to share some useful knowledge regarding this topic so that you concepts get clear about RAR files. Before that, I would like to ask you a question. Do you know what are RAR files? What is the purpose of creating RAR files? Where RAR files are used. Why don’t we use simple files instead of RAR files?

Basically, RAR files are compressed and zipped files. RAR files are archive file formats. RAR  (Roshal Archive Compressed file) files are created by compressing multiple files and compiling them to the same place. A simple RAR file that contains multiple images, doc files etc etc can be easily sent via email. The advantage of using these is that the size gets reduced. You can easily send them to through email or share them via social media messenger. Suppose you have to send a very important project to your university portal/or a business proposal/or pictures to your friends.

The files are of large size and greater in number. For sending them you need to upload them one by one. And some emails don’t allow large size files to send. Here are files solve these issues. you just to create a simple folder and place all your files in those folders. Then zip or compress the folder. All the files/pics get packed and compressed. You just need to attach this single file to send wherever you want.

Now that you have come to know about the advantages of RAR file. There also comes the issue with RAR files. When you receive an email that contains RAR files or you download a RAR file from the internet you would not be able to access that RAR file unless you unzip that.

How to Open RAR files on Windows 10

Yes, Yes I know this article is about how to open RAR files on Mac. But this will be useful for you guys if you learn this as well, this is very easy in case of windows 10. Just select the RAR file. Right-click on that. You will see option extract here, or extract a file to. Just click that and the files get unzipped. Open and use them. See how simple this was.

How to Open RAR files on MAC

How easy it was in the case of Windows. I wish to open RAR files on mac would have been as simple as it was on windows. But this is not the case at all. On the mac, you need a RAR file opener to extract and open RAR files. Let’s start and see how this is done.

how to open rar files on mac

You people must have heard the term ZIP files. You must be thinking that what is the difference between RAR files and ZIP files. Am I right?

Is there any difference between RAR and ZIP?

Both RAR and ZIP files are compressed archive files/folders. By default, Mac accesses ZIP archive files. But to open RAR files on the mac you need third-party software to unpack the contents or RAR file. The advantages of using RAR file instead of ZIP file are quite technical. If you are not a technical person or IT professional, you don’t need to worry and you don’t need to understand that as well. But I’ll mention for tech-related people.

In contrast to ZIP files, RAR files feature strong AES-128 encryption meaning more secure. The compression ratio is high in RAR FILES. As i have mentioned earlier mac basically supports zip archive format and not the RAR format. So to unpack the RAR files on the mac you need a third-party app or utility.

The file extension of RAR files is dor RAR [.rar] (for example –  wordprss.rar)

Unlike the ZIP files, Apple’s macOS and OS X does NOT include a built-in archive utility tool that opens RAR files. Apple’s Archive Utility supports a number of file formats like ZIP, TAR, and GZIP. It does not support RAR files.

How to open RAR files on Mac using Unarchiver

There are multiple 3rd party apps available in the app store that will answer your question – how to open RAR files on Mac. The 3rd party app which I am using and sharing with you to open RAR files on Mac is Unarchiver. You can easily find the app on the utility section of the store.

You can also use the following apps to open RAR files on mac

  • Dr. Unarchiver
  • Open Any Files
  • RAR Extractor.

What Steve Recommends

This is not about using 3rd party app for extracting RAR files on mac. This is general for all the apps which you download. Must read the reviews of the people and you will get the idea that which app is best suited for the purpose.

Why I have selected Unarchiver

The reason of selecting unarchiver, to open RAR files on mac, is that it is easy to use. Also it is small in size and most importantly it is a free tool. Additionally, it is an open source program and supports formats such as Zip, RAR (including v5), 7-zip, Tar, Gzip, and Bzip2.

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Step by Step Guide – how to open RAR files on Mac Using Unarchiver

STEP 1

Download and install The Unarchiver

unarchiver utility that help to open rar files on mac

There are two options here.  Download via the Unarchiver site or the Mac App Store. The developer prefers downloads from its site rather than the Mac App Store, due to limitations set by Apple and its sandboxing requirements. The developer contends that sandboxing limits the capabilities of the app.

The Minimum system requirements are Mac OS X 10.7. However, for those of us with older Macs, there is an older Mac version available via the Unarchiver site.

STEP 2

Open RAR File(s)

After you install The Unarchiver via the Mac App Store or the Unarchiver site, it’s time to open your RAR file.

Just drag & drop your RAR any compressed file onto the Unarchiver’s icon or right-click the RAR file on your Mac then select Open With and choose The Unarchiver OR double click the RAR file.

how to open rar files on mac

The Unarchiver extracts the compressed files into that same folder. After that, use these files as you would any other file.  They are now the same!

THE FINAL STEP

Updated Your Mac OS?

how to open rar files on mac

If you recently updated your Mac’s operating system, and you discover that Unarchiver isn’t working regularly.  Try uninstalling the app then going back to the site or your Mac App Store and reinstalling the app.  For some reason, OS updates sometimes mess up the app, with no particular pattern.

Additionally, your firewall may be getting in that way of the Unarchiver.

So give the app a refresh and see if that helps! So make sure you allow the Unarchiver access by enabling it to receive incoming connections.

How to give access / allow specific application via Firewall

  1. The 1st step is, go to System Preferences
  2. In System Preferences, you will see an option of Security or Security & Privacy
  3. In Security/Security Privacy you will see Firewall.
  4. Click the bottom left lock icon and enter an administrator name and password when requested
  5. Select Firewall Options
  6. Click the Add Application (+) button
  7. In Applications, scroll down and click on The Unarchiver and tap Add
  8. Click OK to close the menu
  9. Click the lock icon to prevent any additional changes
  10. Close System Preferences

Concluding Thought

That’s all for the day. Today you have learned,  how to open RAR files on Mac. This was not so difficult. I have shared with you the slight intro of the RAR files.  The importance of RAR files. Also, I have discussed with you guys about the RAR vs Zip files. The mac is by default set to open zip files. So to open RAR file on Mac, you need to have a 3rd party app.

I have shared the names of different apps that you can use. Also the methods of how to use the app to open RAR files on Mac. Finally, I have shared with you the 3 step process to open, extract files on Mac using Unarchiver. Hope now you will not have any sort of trouble to open RAR Files on Mac.

If still, something is not clear in your mind, feel free to contact me, or write in the comment section. I’ll try to answer that as soon as I can. This is your very own Steve Sadiq signing off for now.

Stay Blessed.

Peace 🙂

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