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RAR File

This page contains information on the RAR file extension (WinRAR Compressed Archive), a popular compressed file format

File extension.rar
CategoryCompressed File
DescriptionNamed after its Russian creator, the RAR format, standing for Roshal Archive, is a compressed file type. The compression technique used to create RAR files is proprietary and has been licensed to other paid and freeware compression file applications. The RAR format also provides features such as repair, which will attempt to restore part or all of the file when physical damage has occurred. The RAR format established itself as a rival to the ZIP file format due to its superior compression ratios.
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Technical DetailsThe RAR format allows for an extremely large potential file size, with 20 Exabyte's being the upper limit. The format permits spanning across multiple RAR files. This sometimes leads to the file extension being renamed from .RAR to .R01,.R02 etc. This is particularly useful when an archive needs to be transferred to removable media such as a memory card or CD/DVD. RAR, along with several other lossless file compression formats, is based on Huffman encoding.
Associated programs 7Zip
StuffIt
WinRAR
WinZip
Developed by Eugene Roshal
MIME type  application/x-rar-compressed
Useful links Official RARLab Pages
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Converting RAR files

Using Zamzar it is possible to convert RAR files to a variety of other formats:

rar to 7z (7-Zip Compressed File)
rar to cab (Cabinet File)
rar to tar.bz2 (Bzip 2 UNIX Compressed File)
rar to lzh (Compressed Archive File)
rar to tar (Tape Archive File)
rar to tar.gz (Gzip Compressed Archive)
rar to yz1 (DeepFreezer Compressed Archive)
rar to zip (Compressed Archive File)

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