How to Open RAR Files on Windows 10

Quite often when you download something over the internet like a file it usually comes compressed into a file RAR example: file.rar. But if you click on it you’re gonna get an error message saying that the file is not recognized or it’s damaged or corrupted or simply cannot open, in order to open it you need a software that can recognize the .rar file and extract all the files inside of it so today you will learn how to open rar files.

What is a .rar File

Rar is a short name for “Roshal Archive” it was developed by a Russian Software Engineer named “Eugene Roshal” read more about him here:

What this file does ?

This file is simply a way to compress huge files and multiple files into one single file and save a lot of disk space by doing so. It’s also a good way to send and receive files since it’s a single file and compressed into a much smaller size.

How to Open RAR Files

First of all head to this website and download and install their software:

Now right click on the rar file you want to open and click “extract files…” and click “OK”.


Your computer will now start extracting the files inside and depending on how big the file is it can take several minutes or seconds. Once it’s complete the files will be in a folder with the same name as the rar file you just extracted.

Compress Your Own Files Into RAR

It’s also possible to compress your own files into a compact rar file and save lots of space!
Follow this simple step:

  1. Drag all your files you want to compress into a folder.
  2. Right click on the folder and select “Add to archive…” and click “OK”

All the files will now be compressed into a rar file and reduce space dramatically!

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