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RarMachine is a powerful RAR archive manager, surely the most simple and the most integrated for Mac OS X.

You can use it to compress and extact every Rar files downloaded on Internet or compressed on a PC with the power advantage of your Mac System.

What's New

Version 2.0:
  • RarMachine has been totally rewritten for scratch and is now a Cocoa application. The interface is all new and it is now possible to change the level compression.
  • RarMachine can also handle now multiple archives at the same time, and will threat them one after the other if several files are dropped on the main window.
  • Finally, a helpbook has been added to the software to help you becoming familiar with our software.


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Aadams77 Member IconComment+17

This software appears to now be ABANDONWARE, however, RarMachine v2.0 is available from the mirror DL links found at...

Hope that helps! ;)


p.s. Also, this software does NOT appear to be working under MacOS Mountain Lion 10.8 (or higher)!

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Version 2.0
Macferret Member IconComment+1

This is just a rar wrapper program. After you install the program and install their "Rar Tools" go to HomeFolder/Library/Application Support/RarMachine/rar, you will find version 3.80 of rar. The current version of rar is 3.93.

Just a rar wrapper program using an outdated version of rar.

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Version 2.0

Here's how to get Rar v.3.90 (instead of v.3.80):

1. When you first start up the app it will tell you that it needs to download RarTools — DO NOT DO SO. Then open RarMachine's Help, click on "Install RarTools," then follow the SECOND method listed in Help to manually download Rar. You will get v. 3.90. Follow those Help instructions to install it (the whole rar folder goes into this folder: ~/Library/Application Support/RarMachine).


You can put any rar version in that folder you found - just put in the latest mac command line version of RAR which is 4 or something like that and it will use the newest version.

My bet is they can use/distribute the old version for FREE but you would need to check licensing on that. If you buy RAR I doubt the RAR guys will care if you install it there or in /bin or whatever.

No idea if the developers support doing this. Probably not, but the interface will remain fairly static as RAR is very mature now. All they do is manipulate the command line like you say wrap it. This is a very simple piece of software for $8 but they did do a nice job with the GUI.

Personally I would stay with what they give you with the app it works fine and is not outdated. It will easily open all archives knocking about. But thought to mention that all the same.

June8 Member IconComment+136

Nice application but it crashes. (Crash report sent to developer)

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Version 2.0
Utrunn Member IconReview+115

I've never run into problems with RarMachine. Simple, effective, and inexpensive.

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Version 2.0
Elegraphy Member IconReview+150

"Should I use a free RAR compression app, but pay a $29 to preinstall RAR? Or, should I pay a $8 fee to use RarMachine that does not require a $29 RAR? Hmm decisions, decisions....."

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Version 2.0
Trashie Member IconReview+256

Firstly I like this application it is a good idea. But it seems to be a bit much to pay for when there is similar free ways. I think the developers would have got more uptake and kudos for future work by making this free. It just is not impressive enough to pay for IMO.

If it was free it would get very popular very quickly. It still needs some work but it is such a small code base paying for it is almost bizarre. It is so small the developers could improve it more and more and get well known without much effort. So when they look for a big programming job Oh I did this Oh you use it bang big job. Which is why a lot of small software is free as it is business card software for the developers rather than true open source thinking often.

Yet it has the Mac thinking even simple things make them easier.

I like to use RAR for Mac directly (that I did pay for). But there are many FREE was better than this. The only way this will ever compete is to become free. Donation ware would probably make them more money.

Good but a pointless entry into a market saturated with as good free tools.

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Version 1.1.3
Lounge Deluxe

You're wrong because there are no freeware apps able to compress to rar, well at least not legally. You always need a license from the folks at Rar Lab, the owner of the IPR behind rar. I'm really curious how the dev of RarMachine took care of this issue, since a single Rar license costed me €29 (almost $40) and he only charges $8 for RarMachine.

neil_m Member IconComment+179

It will have to get better before it beats RarMe and UnRaR X - both free.

Decompress - free - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9365/unrarx
Uncompress - free - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12598/rarme

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Version 1.0.2

Nice lol, uncompress and decompress as two different things. They are synonymous words. Little grammar never hurt anyone.




Even funnier - you think it is about grammar... (lol)

wiki: In linguistics, grammar refers to the logical and structural rules that govern the composition of sentences, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

You probably meant check a dictionary or even check a thesaurus.

Still the 2 links given were more useful to me, than your drivel reply.

maxter Member IconComment+143

The Demo Period is ridiculously short

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Version 1.0
Beamy Member IconComment+200

Hopefully this explanation is better and works for everyone.

Step by step guide (don't do anything else in addition) :

1. start the program
2. click "Later" or "Never" in the "Do you want to install the Finder plug-in ?" window.
3. click "Cancel" in the "Please buy" window
4. click the little "Gear" symbol in the main window
(info: after clicking the "Gear" symbol 2 options appear: "Use password" and "Create parts ..." DON'T tick them, leave them alone)
5. go to the "RarMachine" menu and choose "Preferences"

--> NilObjectException error window appears


(I use MacOS 10.4.11 intel)

When you start the program there is an additional window which asks if you want to install a plug-in. The first times I clicked "Later" then I clicked "Never", but I didn't install it. I don't know if that influences the NilObjectException behaviour.


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Version 1.0
rob.h Member IconComment+165

Small, neat and does the trick. I did try to see if I could get it to crash following the steps the other reviewer mentioned, but didn't manage it - I ticked the two options then opened Preferences and the Preferences window appeared. Still, would be interested to hear what the developer says.

One observation regarding password protecting your Rar files is that you only type the password in once and the characters are hidden. Either you should have to type it in twice to confirm you haven't made a typo, or there should be a tick box to reveal the password you're going to use so you can check it. Without that you risk creating an archive you can't get back in to if you made a typo on setting the password.

Other nice features in future versions would be things like the option to automatically delete the original file(s) or folder(s) when the archiving finishes, etc.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 38,617
Version Downloads 17,862
License Shareware
Date 02 Mar 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $8.00
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