RAR for Mac OS X 5.20

Terminal based utility that makes it simple for its users to compress, uncompress and encrypt files archived using the RAR format
NOTE: If you need a user-friendly RAR interface for Mac OS X, we recommend UnRarX.

RAR for Mac OS X - Commands screen that appears when running the application inside a Terminal window.
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If you recently switched from Windows to Mac, you probably what to know what is the equivalent of WinRAR on Mac. Fortunately the developer of WinRAR offers a Mac version called RAR for Mac OS X.

RAR for Mac OS X is a command line tool specially designed to help users compress, uncompress and encrypt files in the RAR format. 

Unfortunately, RAR for Mac OS X does not offer a user interface and all operations must be run from a Terminal window. In other words, RAR for Mac OS X is not as simple to use on Mac as it was on Windows.

The RAR for Mac OS X package comes with a 40 days trial period and features the rar and the unrar tools, rar for creating archives and unrar for extracting RAR files.

If you want to be able to run the RAR for Mac OS X utilities from any folder on your Mac you can copy them into usr/local/bin, the folder where all UNIX programs a normal user would use should be installed.

In order to extract a RAR archive you have to open a Terminal window, go to the folder where you want to extract the files and type the unrar command line followed by the "x" argument and the path of the archive you want to use for extraction.

To list all available command and switches you only have to run the rar or unrar command line utility from a Terminal window and a usage message will be displayed.

RAR for Mac OS X provides a long list of features that enables you to create password protected archives, batch extract RAR files and more.

Sadly, RAR for Mac OSX comes with support exclusively for RAR files, ZIP and other formats being supported only by the Windows version.

All-in-all, RAR for Mac OS X is a powerful and versatile utility that can help you extract and create RAR archives. Unfortunately, the lack of user interface pushes away newcomers and unexperienced users.

Reviewed by , last updated on December 2nd, 2014

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developed by:
Alexander Roshal
operating system(s):
Mac OS X
binary format:
Universal Binary
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What's New in This Release:
  • RAR can read the default set of switches from .rarrc file stored in the user's home directory. Previously it was possible to define only the same set of switches for all RAR command with "switches=" string. Now .rarrc also allows to specify separate switch sets for individual RAR commands using the following syntax: switches_< command >=< any RAR switches, separated by spaces >. For example: switches_a=-m5 -s switches_x=-o+
  • File overwrite prompt displays the size and modification time for existing and new files.
  • When archiving from stdin with -si switch, RAR sets the current system time to modification time of archived file. Previous version did not set this time at all.
  • It is possible to use -si and -v switches together. Previous versions did not allow to create volumes when archiving from stdin.
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RAR for Mac OS X is a command-line based archiver utility that provides high compression ratios on executable files, o...

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