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RAR is a compression program offering an original algorithm. This new way to compress files provides greater efficiency, and makes smaller archives -- especially on multimedia files and archives with many files. RAR also offers self-extracting capabilities as well as disk-spanning (or multi-volumes). RAR is the official RAR archive utility for OS X (offered as a command-line utility), especially useful while reading all those alt.binaries newsgroups.

To use the RAR command-line application, place the files in any folder on your hard drive, and call the utility by typing in the full path to the application (e.g., to run more...

What's New

Version 5.10 beta 3:
  • More efficient implementation of "Keep broken files" -kb switch. Now it allows to recover more data from file split between RAR volumes if next volume is missing.


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Bluehour77 Member IconReview+2

simply ... love it!

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Version 4.20
bluehour73 Member IconReview+49

Love this app, have been using it since v1 or 2, does its job efficiently without fuss. For those who complain about it CLI, go and learn some basic unix and enjoy it.
I can see how it may not appeal to the facebook generation though....

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Version 4.11
hous Member IconReview+13

There is a GUI (graphical interface) at

(RarMe 0.2 is developed for use on OS X 10.3, but works fine on 10.2. It just won't look as pretty)

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Version 4.11
Gn-0000 Member IconReview+12

It is really a joke. It wouldn't multi-thread on multi CPU cores system!!! Oh my God! It only draws 1 CPU core to work in my 12 cores Westmere Mac Pro!!! Jesus Crisis. We are no longer to work on a 80386 computer! Why no multi-threading support?!!

It takes 5 hours to complete the job of compressing 50GB iso files into multi-segmented far files!

it actually does not stick to our era!

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Version 4.0.1b1
Antoinesynopsis Member IconReview+55

No graphical interface and it costs 29 $ ?!! It's a joke ?!

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Version 4.0.1b1
Gary_box Member IconComment+91

I use Unrar. Much better and free

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Version 3.9.2 beta 1
Lounge Deluxe

Unrar is just about decompressing (and excellent at it), Rar can also compress.


Sigh. Did IQs drop suddenly?

Unrar is RAR, in that, it's the same exact program, from the same exact developer, using the same exact algorithm, except it does not have the functionality of actually making rar files, just decompressing them. And that's why it's free. It gives the entire public the ability to decompress proprietary rar files at no added charge (exact same deal with Stuffit).

That's why both spit out the same CP notice ("unrar -h", "rar -h"): Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Alexander Roshal

M2k Member IconComment+12

I think this is another case of MAC users being neglected by software companies who prioritise Windows versions.

If they want to charge MAC users the same money as Windows users they should give MAC users the same product, not some outdated basic version over and over again.

Lets face it, WinRAR / RAR is not exactly a top-end piece of software with major complexities in developing and supplying a GUI front-end for MAC users, it seems the developers are plain lazy and cannot be bothered to give their users / customers what they want.

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Version 3.9.1
RexLuthor Member IconComment+6

I was looking for a right click "create rar archive" option just like on windows or on the finder for zip archives. I finally found something that does this amazingly on a blog. Check this out:

Hope this is useful.

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Version 3.8
ShotgunWeddings Member IconComment+278

What I can't believe is people are actually dumb enough to buy into this lame excuse of a RAR option.

It's 2008 , CLI based tools is not only wrong it's and insult to every Mac user.

Like most Mac users we left the Windows side to get away from the stupid command line garbage because the Mac OS was using a GUI front end for everything instead, saved time and increased productivity.

Terminal junkies need a reality check , you want CLI , then buy a UNIX or PC box. I don't want CLI period.

30 bucks for an inconvienent method , you couldn't me double that to even waste a single keystroke to use it!

Ha ha ha

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Version 3.8b4

While I agree that the major paradigm of the Mac experience is a GUI interface, but, sarcasm aside:

the RAR compression is supposed to be pretty much state of the art/ tighter than other archive compression schemes. So there is some value in itself.

But I agree that it seems Nuts for Mac users to have to pay the same $29 that a Windows user pays who gets both Command line and a nice GUI window interface (think similar to winzip).

Seems to me that Mac users should either pay less for getting Command line only, or should be getting the same bundle of CLI plus GUI.
As it is now, you still have to buy another package which then calls the RAR CLI, if you want to get it all done from the Mac GUI (which would be my preference).

Would be nice if the RAR folks, or one of our clever Mac wizard developers, could put together a Friendly user interface with RAR compression and at a total packaged reasonable price.


Except that RAR *isn't* state of the art/ tighter than other archive compression schemes. Just like DivX isn't state of the art for video compression, people only use it because other people are doing it and it's easy.
7-zip offers very competitive compression in comparison with RAR and is entirely free. If you want a nice, full-featured compression program for OS X you can get BetterZip (not free), which can compress to a variety of formats including 7-zip and RAR (RAR licence must be purchased separately).



You better of buying BetterZip which altough by default can't create a RAR archive (have to buy a RAR license), can do a lot more and priced less


Um yeah, here's a reality check for YOU: Mac OS X is a fully certified UNIX system... how about that. And cli on a PC? You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Too bad you didn't just keep your mouth shut; now there's really no doubt you are a fool...

Mark Everitt Member IconComment+276
Mark Everitt

If you only need the unrar utility you can get it using macports. This has some advantages such as not needing to install stuff into /usr/bin, and if you use porticus with macports then the only use of the command line will be to use unrar itself.

Macports, Porticus and unrar obtained this way are all free.

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Version 3.8b1

But don't you have to install macports (and X11)? Seems like a silly tradeoff for copying a single file into /usr/bin to me...


Put it in /usr/local/bin

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Date 23 Apr 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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