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Tutorial - Ways to Extract RAR Files on Mac

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1. Free UnRar for Mac

The Mac OS no longer includes software for unpacking .rar files, so if you want to expand these kinds of files, you'll need to download some sort of unarchiving app to do so. Luckily, as the fastest solution for RAR decompression, Free UnRar for Mac is an easy RAR extractor application that can swiftly unzip RAR files to get what you want out of them.

Step 1. Choose Archive Types to Associate with Free UnRar for Mac

After launching Free UnRar for Mac, you will find a long list of archive types like Zip, RAR, 7z, Zipx, etc. showed in "Archive Formats" tab. Some of them are checked by default and you can check any other ones to make them associated with this free file unarchiver. For those users who deal with Zip, RAR or 7z files usually, they can skip step 1 to extract those files directly.

Choose Archive Types to Associate with Free UnRar for Mac

Step 2. Start Extraction

The archive will be extracted to desktop by default and you can change the destination in "Extracting" tab. Now, double click the archive file you want to unzip and it will be extracted to your desktop in no time.

Start Extraction

Advanced Extraction Settings

In "Extracting" tab, you can specify the destination for the extracted archives from the menu of "Extract archives to" and you can also choose to create a new folder for the extracted files: Never, Always, Only if there is more than one top-level item; set the modification date of the created folder; open the extracted folder or move the archive to trash after the extraction.

In "Advanced" tab, it allows you to handle filenames in foreign character sets and set the confidence level.

Advanced Extraction Settings

2. Command Line

One of the other ways to extract RAR archives is the WinRAR command line tool. The main advantages of using it is the ability to extract broken archives quickly. Although other programs have broken file support, it can get the job done with just a quick terminal command.

3. iArchiver

Unlike the other apps it is designed primarily to compress files into archives, although it does have extraction capabilities as well. Moreover, it is the first and only paid app on this list.


4. SimplyRAR

Similar to the way Archive utility, SimplyRAR is mainly used to expand zip files but it works for RAR files as well. If you want a simple expander, this app is probably for you.


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