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File extension .rar
Category Compressed File
Description Named 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 Details The 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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File extension .zip
Category Compressed File
Description The .zip file extension is the most well known file type related to compressed and archived files. First released in 1989, the format is still widely used and is built into Microsoft Windows releases since 1998. It is also supported by Apple's OSX operating system. The ZIP format supports compression via several different techniques and even supports simply archiving of files without compression. Despite being 20 years old, the ZIP format looks set to continue to thrive whilst bandwidth and storage remain relatively costly.
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Technical Details The compression techniques used to create a .zip file do so by compressing each file individually. This has the advantage of potentially using different appropriate compression techniques for each file within the archive, however under normal circumstances it limits the potential compression capability. Although the ZIP format allows for up to 10 different types of compression to be chosen, the DEFLATE method is the most common. DEFLATE is based on Huffman coding.
Associated programs StuffIt
WinRAR
Winzip
Developed by PKWARE
MIME type application/zip
application/x-zip
application/x-zip-compressed
application/octet-stream
application/x-compress
application/x-compressed
multipart/x-zip
Useful links More Information on ZIP
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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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