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From your personal desktop to your business files, we've got you covered

We offer a range of tools, to help you convert your files in the most convenient way for you. As well as our online file conversion service, we also offer a desktop app for file conversions straight from your desktop, and an API for automated file conversions for developers. Which tool you use is up to you!

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With Zamzar, file conversions are easy, reliable and convenient, so you can quickly convert your documents, images, videos, and more, to the formats you need. With faster downloads of converted files, and friendly and helpful support when you need it, you’ll have everything you need to work with your files.


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Your language shouldn’t be a barrier when using the Zamzar conversion tool. We support many languages and are adding more all the time.

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We want to make sure your experience is as positive as possible, so if you run into an issue for any reason, we want to help resolve it.

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When you need a file converted, you can have confidence in us that we'll get the job done correctly, quickly and securely.

Tools to suit your file conversion needs

You’ll find all the conversion and compression tools you need, all in one place, at Zamzar. With over 1100 file-conversion types supported, whether you need to convert videos, audio, documents or images, you’ll easily find what you need and soon have your files in the formats and sizing that work for you.

RAR Archive Format

RAR Converter

A RAR file has a full name of a WinRAR Compressed Archive and it is is an archive file, like a ZIP, that contains file(s) that have been compressed. It was originally developed in 1995 by Eugene Roshal who was a Russian software engineer. It has greater compression to other compression file formats such as ZIP and 7z and it also has strong inbuilt file encryption. RAR files are usually created by WinRAR which is an encryption and archiving tool for Windows. RAR files are often used when users want to send file(s) that are large in size. RAR files can only be opened by a limited number of programs. These include WinRAR, Corel WinZip and B1 Free Archiver.

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ZIP Archive Format

ZIP Converter

The ZIP file format was developed by Phil Katz and acts as a container for one or more files that have been "zipped" up into a single format. Developed in 1989, it became increasingly popular as more files were shared with the advent of email and the Internet. Larger files were tricky to share, as they would either take too long to send, or consume too much storage space - the ZIP file was created to address these problems. Supported by almost all compression programs, ZIP's allow files to be stored separately within the archive, allowing each individual file to be compressed by removing redundant data. One reason for the popularity of the ZIP format is that it is possible to extract and uncompress specific files from the archive without having to extract everything. Both Windows and MacOS allow users to uncompress ZIP files simply double clicking the file in Windows Explorer or Finder.

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How to convert a RAR to a ZIP file?

  1. 1. Choose the RAR file that you want to convert.
  2. 2. Select ZIP as the the format you want to convert your RAR file to.
  3. 3. Click "Convert" to convert your RAR file.

Convert from RAR

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


Frequently asked questions

If you’ve got any questions about converting or compressing files with Zamzar, we’re happy to help! We’ve answered a few commonly-asked questions below, to get you started, and you can find out more information about file conversion and compression with Zamzar, in our Help centre.

You can convert RAR to ZIP using specialist paid-for software such as WinZip or BetterZip. These apps support a number of archive-format conversions and are real time savers if you’re struggling to open a RAR file. However, for a free, online alternative, Zamzar’s file converter enables you to convert your RAR file to ZIP in three simple steps, without the need to download other software.

RAR and ZIP are not the same; they are two different archive file formats. On a basic level, ZIP is a free and open archive-file format supported by most operating systems, while RAR is a more modern, proprietary archive-file format offering better and faster compression but requiring commercial software for creation and opening. If you don't have any software to open a RAR file, you can easily convert it to ZIP format using Zamzar’s free online conversion tool.

ZIP is a widely-used, free archive-file format. It’s beneficial for compressing files without losing data, and has been in use since 1989. Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X both offer built-in ZIP utilities, which means that ZIP files can be opened on most computers. RAR is a more recent proprietary archive-file format known for faster compression speed, better encryption and a lower rate of data loss than ZIP. Unfortunately, it requires third-party, paid-for software to access and open RAR files, which makes ZIP more convenient and potentially a better option for compressing files than RAR. If you want to convert a RAR file to ZIP format, Zamzar’s online conversion tool makes this quick and easy to do.

There are various programs that can be downloaded to open RAR files, including WinZip, WinRAR, The Unarchiver, and Bandizip. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to open and view RAR files without the need to download any extra software, you can use the three-step file conversion tool on Zamzar’s website to convert the file to ZIP format - this ZIP file can then be opened by most computers.

You can open a RAR file on Windows using an online conversion tool, such as Zamzar’s free file converter, to first convert the file to ZIP format - this ZIP file can then be easily opened by right-clicking on the file and selecting ‘Extract All’. Alternatively, you can open a RAR file by downloading an application such as 7-Zip, or by converting your file using BetterZip or WinZip software. These softwares will take up space on your Windows computer, though.