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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
RAR is a format for archive files, which can be used as an alternative to ZIP folders. The full name of the format is WinRAR Compressed Archive. It was created by Eugene Roshal in the mid-1990s as a method for simultaneously archiving and encrypting files.
RAR files offer greater security, and typically take up less file space than ZIP folders because of a higher compression ratio. Because of these features, RAR has been used in the past for creators to store and share raw photo or video files, although many photographers and videographers now use cloud-based galleries or file-sharing tools. Not very many programs can open RAR files, but they can be opened with WinRAR and Corel WinZip. You can create RAR archive files with the paid WinRAR program, as well as using online tools like Zamzar.
ZIP Archive Format ZIP Converter
The ZIP format was created in the late 1980s as a way of compressing files for archiving or sharing. Files are ‘zipped’ up into a new folder, usually saving it into a smaller file size. ZIP uses lossless compression and is reversible, so you can ‘unzip’ the folders and extract files without any impact on quality. As each file is compressed separately during ‘zipping’, you can easily extract or add individual files to a ZIP folder.
ZIP files became more popular with the rise in email use, as it was a simple way to share multiple larger files. The ZIP format is also often used to make back-ups, quickly transfer files between devices, and to allow quicker downloads from websites. Previously, users needed additional software to create ZIP folders. Now most operating systems, including Windows and iOS, let you easily zip and unzip files yourself.
How to convert a RAR to a ZIP file?
- 1. Choose the RAR file that you want to convert.
- 2. Select ZIP as the the format you want to convert your RAR file to.
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.