How to open rar file in linux?

  • I have a file with .rar extension, ex: foo.rar

    I want to extract content from that file, how do I extract it?

    Install p7zip and try it: `7z x foo.rar`.

    @siblynx, the Fedora manual for `7z(1)` states that `rar` support was removed *due to non-open license*. `rar` is ***not*** open source, and this *** will not*** be shipped by Fedora.

    That's a fedora problem. Download stock p7zip source code and see unrar support is still there.

    In Debian Buster Install `unrar` from source Then Xarchiver can extract files. Or you can unrar on command line, but consider if passwords contains special characters use '\' before them for example `unrar x -pwww\.irlanguage\.com file.rar`

  • You can install unrar - "Unarchiver for .rar files" or unp - "unpack (almost) everything with one command"

    To unrar a file:

    • unrar x <myfile>

    To unp a file:

    • unp <myfile.rar>

    Since unrar is not open source, some distros might not have it in their package manager already. If it's not, try unrar-free.

    Notice that unrar x <myfile> will preserve directory structure in archive, in difference with unrar e <myfile> which will flatten it

    There is also a `rar` command. It is binary-only and a bit less easy to use, but can open some files that `unrar` cannot.

    On my Linux Mint 18.2 installation, unrar appears to be already installed and available by default.

    I needed to first install it by running `sudo apt install unrar`. This is the official version and it has license prohibing some usage (no compression, only decompression). So you can also use the free version instead: `sudo apt-get install unrar-free`.

    **NON FREE** terminal command for "basic data interchange format" is not a good option.

  • You can use unar. This is not related to the non-free unrar, it's free software.

    Easy to use:

     unar file.rar

    @vonbrand: availability depends on the specific GNU/Linux distribution. For example unar is available for Parabola GNU/Linux-libre. Anyway I didn't mention "unrar", and unar != unrar

    There is also something called _`unrar-free`_.

    If `rar` is not open source, so much that 7-Zip on OSS distributions will not ship with it, how did `unar` manage to include it?

    @palswim, rar is simply a proprietary format and the rar tool is an implementation (which has a non-open license). unar is another implementation that *is* free. Fedora removed the non-free rar tool due to its license, not because of anything regarding the rar format itself

    Hum.. functional problem in `unar` that `unrar` not have, a file of 49750384 bytes, *"Failed! (Attempted to read more data than was available)"*. Sorry, bad program.

  • sudo apt-get install p7zip
    7zr x myfile.rar

    On Windows I rely on 7zip for rar and every other archive file, and it works on Linux, too.

    I used this approach and It worked. Thanks.

    works for me in RHEL using `sudo yum install p7zip` and `7za x myfile.rar`. (I have tried many other packages but none is in RHEL)

  • You can get unar from fedora repo, it's open and licence-pure:

    dnf install unar
    unar file.rar

    Not available. `unrar` is *not* open source (it is forbidden to analyze the code to reverse engineer a compression program), so Fedora won't ship it.

    dnf install unrar

    also you can use unar for fedora 23. did the author of the question asked about feora or opensource sollution or about unix rar sollution? @vonbrand

    To install on debian, use: sudo apt-get install unar

  • Note that unrar is not open source (the license to the available source forbids using it to reverse engineer the compression, which violates point 6 "No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor" of the Open Source Definition), and thus will not be shipped by Fedora.

    Go to Rar Labs, check out the source for unrar (be careful, the version might have changed!), build and install (you'll need g++ and make), preferably for your account only:

    $ tar zxf unrarsrc-5.3.11.tar.gz
    $ cd unrar
    $ make DESTDIR=$HOME all
    $ make DESTDIR=$HOME install-unrar

    Add $HOME/bin to your PATH, and you are all set.

    Yes, there is a RPM offered. I would't touch it with the proverbial 10 feet pole, more often than not third parties have no clue on how to create a correct RPM (it isn't exactly rocket science, but there are lots of details that have to be just right, see e.g. Fedora's guidelines). Besides, there are differences between Fedora versions, "one size fits all" can't cut it.

    worked on my Fedora 23

  • Use RAR rar e <filename> it comes with most distros. Created by brother of Eugene Rosahal who is the developer of RAR files.

    `rar` is not a inbuilt command

    Sorry, my fault. Anyway unrar neither. In fact, there is no way to extract rar files with a inbuilt command.

  • I'd suggest using a nearest available file manager, either Norton-like (Midnight Commander, Double Commander, Tux Commander, etc., whatever is present in your distribution) or window-based (as Dolphin). Most of them have enough intelligence to open all kinds of archives in a manner suitable for manual contents exploring, but, sometimes, they use external tools. For instance, my Kubuntu suggests Ark in such cases. They would need an external tool, as unrar, for accessing proprietary archive formats; if so, install the latter using a package manager.

    If you want to extract the entire archive or a single specified file, unrar e extracts without full path, and unrar x also makes intermediate directories.

    Since `unrar` is *not* open source, Fedora won't ship support for it in any form.

    @vonbrand Ubuntu provides both unrar and unrar-free. If Fedora can't include the latter, it's not a license issue.

    @vonbrand moreover, there is no word for Fedora from original author. Your approach to limit question to the only non-most-used distribution is destructive.

    Fedora won't ship anything that isn't open source. Unrar has strings attached ("don't use it to reverse engineer RAR compression"), so definitely not open source, and it *is* a licence issue.

  • Install the unrar package. On Fedora, for eample, you can do so with:

    sudo yum install unrar

    Then, use it to extract the files:

    unrar e filename.rar

    Fedora 23 has no `unrar` package among its official packages. I got the source an installed it in my account.

    This is completely misleading. There is no such package.

  • On Ubuntu, you have a GUI solution, Archive Manager. It provides extraction of such archive files as .rar files.

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