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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Open RAR File / Extract RAR Files Under Linux or UNIX

RAR files are in compressed archive format, if you have downloaded rar files from the Internet, you need to unpack or unrar them (extract rar files). RAR is a proprietary file format for data compression and archiving, developed by Eugene Roshal. The command used to extract these files is called "unrar". By default, unrar is not being installed on Linux, FreeBSD or UNIX like operating system. You can install unrar command with the help of apt-get or yum command. 

Install unrar command

Under Debian or Ubuntu Linux, you need to type apt-get command as follows to install unrar program:
# apt-get install unrar
If you are using Fedora core Linux / CentOS / RHEL, use yum command as follows :
# yum install unrar
If you are using FreeBSD, enter:
# pkg_add -v -r unrar
If any of above, methods is not working for you, download binary package from official rarlab site:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://www.rarlab.com/rar/rarlinux-3.6.0.tar.gz
Next, untar file, enter:
$ tar -zxvf rarlinux-3.6.0.tar.gz
Both unrar and rar commands are located in rar sub-directory. Just cd to rar directory, type:
$ cd rar
$ ./unrar
Now copy rar and unrar file to /bin directory, type:
# cp rar unrar /bin

HowTo: Use unrar Command

The unrar command supports various options, below are common options that you need to for extracting files.

Task: Exreact rar (unpack) File

To extract file.rar file into the current directory, enter:
$ unrar e file.rar

Task: List (l) file inside rar archive:

$ unrar l file.rar

Task: To extract (x) files with full path type command:

$ unrar x file.rar
(D) To test (t) integrity of archive, file type command:
$ unrar t file.rar

How do I open rar file under MS-Windows XP/NT/2000/7/8?

  • If you are using MS-Windows XP / 7 / 8, download Winrar. It is free download (free to try License) software.
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