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In this tutorial, we will show you how to extract and open RAR files on Mac.

A RAR file is a single package that contains one or more compressed files within it. Unlike ZIP, RAR files cannot be extracted and opened on a Mac. ZIP files can be extracted by simply double clicking on them, but when you attempt to open a RAR file in the same way, it doesn’t work.


Apple supports a number of archive file formats such as ZIP, TAR, and Gzip but RAR isn’t supported. Fortunately, there are apps in the Mac App Store that allow you to extract RAR files and view their content. One such app is the UnRAR Archiver which is available for free in the Mac App Store.

In this guide, we will show you how to download UnRAR Archiver and use it to extract and open RAR files on Mac.

How to Extract and Open .rar Files on Mac

Step 1: The first step is to download and install UnRAR Archiver from the Mac App Store. Go to this link and then click on the View in Mac App Store button. Once the App Store opens, download the app to install it on your Mac.

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Step 2: After it has been installed, go to the folder containing the .rar file you want to open. Right-click on it, select Open With and then choose UnRAR Archiver.

Step 3: Choose the folder where the compressed files should be extracted and then click Open.

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Step 4: UnRAR Archiver will now extract the compressed files to the selected folder.

Now whenever you want to extract and open any RAR file, simply use UnRAR Archiver to do it. It’s very simple and fast to extract .rar files. There are also many other alternative softwares in the Mac App Store for extracting .rar files.


If you face any issues, let us know in the comments below.

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