RAR files (Roshal Archive Compressed file) are single compressed files that contain one or more compressed files inside of them. This means that a RAR file may contain multiple files or folders compressed into a single file. This file format was developed by Eugene Roshal. RAR files have higher compression ratios than Zip files; which is why RAR files are widely used and a lot of people prefer RAR files. The file extension is .rar (ex. appletoolbox.rar).
How to open a RAR archive file
Are you looking for how to open rar files? Some files you download from the Internet can sometimes be .rar files. You need to extract rar files before you can view and use them.
Unlike the ZIP files, Apple’s MAC OS X does NOT include a built-in archive utility tool that you can easily use to open RAR files. Apple’s archive utility upports a number of file formats like ZIP, TAR and GZIP. It does not support RAR files.
You need an app to open a RAR file and extract the contents. There are a few apps that can help you. In this short article, I will show how to open RAR files using The Unarchiver.
The Unarchiver is a free, small, open source program that supports formats such as Zip, RAR, 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2. Here is how you can use The Unarchiver:
1-Download and install The Unarchiver. To do this, you need to open the Mac App Store and download/install it (click here to open).
2-After you have installed The Unarchiver, now you can easily open a RAR file. Simply right-click the RAR file on your Mac then select Open With and The Unarchiver OR double click the RAR file. The Unarchiver will extract the compressed files into the same folder.