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RAR, RAR Archive File (.rar)


The .rar file format

RAR means Roshal Archive (after its creator) and is a file archiving software used to compress files. It works along the same lines as ZIP files and is proprietary and licensed to other paid as well as freeware compression file applications. It is capable of repairing physically damaged files and is considered superior to zip files when it comes to achieving better compression rates. RAR software is licensed by win.rar GmbH


.rar technical details

RAR is capable of compressing massive files in the region of 20 Exabytes. It manages to do this by spanning across multiple files (with file extensions denoted by suffixes RAR, R01, R02, R03, etc). This enables the user to transfer compressed data while retaining a lossless archiving process- especially for removable media such as memory sticks and CD or DVDs. Operating systems that support RAR compression include windows-based WinRAR, Mac OS X, Android, and Linux among others


Additional information about RAR file format

File extension .RAR
File category ARCHIVE
Useful links
File conversion Convert a file to RAR
Developer The GNU Project
Associated programs WinRAR, WinZip, 7Zip, StuffIt