RarZilla Free Unrar – Easy Unpacking
By on August 27th, 2010

rar-iconFree filesharing services like Rapidshare and MegaUpload are pretty popular these days, since more and more torrent services like Mininova have gone legit or been shut down. I’ve found that many of the shared files I find online are in the RAR format. People new to the file sharing sites might not know what a RAR file is or how to open it.   In case you didn’t know, RAR files are similar to ZIP files and are basically a collection of files and folders that are squeezed into a single file. Putting files into a RAR or ZIP format is like packing up a suit case before going on a vacation. It keeps a collection of files in a single place for easy transport.

If you’ve downloaded a RAR file and you don’t know how to open or unpack it, there are many programs that we’ve suggested for doing that. One good program for unpacking RAR files is called RarZilla Free Unrar. After you download and install it, here’s what it looks like when it first runs.

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To unpack (or unRar) a RAR file, you can hit the Unrarbutton at the bottom and select the RAR file. However, this program also makes it easier to unrar files by simply double clicking on them.   Here’s what you’ll see after selecting a RAR file for unpacking.

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I typically leave the settings as they are. When you hit the OK button, you’ll see the file being unpacked, as shown below.

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Once it’s done, just look for a folder with the same name as the RAR file that you selected.

RarZilla also allows you to unpack password protected and multi-part RAR files. Naturally, you’ll have to know the password for a password protected RAR, and multi-part RARs must have all of the parts available and be named correctly in order to get them unpacked.

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• Download RarZilla Free Unrar

Techie Buzz Verdict:

RarZilla is a great free option for unpacking RAR files. It’s easy to use, yet has plenty of options if you need them. There’s even a portable version available if you need to take it on the road. I will classify RarZilla Free Unrar as highly recommended.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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  • Milan

    Use 7zip instead! It is free, open source and supports many different file types including rar, zip, etc. http://www.7-zip.org/

  • Traek

    It’s great to know of another (and seemingly noteworthy) alternative to WinRAR. However, I think it’d be even better to have a comparison to the measuring stick for RAR unpacking, WinRAR. Also unclear in the post is if RarZilla Free Unpack does anything else but extract files from RARs. Does it unpack other formats as well? Does it pack at all? Are there other versions out there that have more features?

    In short, what does this do and what can it fully replace? Personally I use 7zip but am a long-time fan of WinRAR and will happily move to someone that fills their role better in the open source community (preferably free-ware as it will catch on faster and I’m a frequent donor to such projects).

 
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