RAR
RAR 5.10 beta 1
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Command line RAR archive utility (beta).   Shareware ($29.00)
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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
What's New
Version 5.10 beta 1:
  • Added extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using BZIP2, LZMA and PPMd compression.
  • Added extraction support for 7z split archives (.7z.001, .7z.002, …).
  • Added support for AES-NI CPU instructions allowing to improve RAR encryption and decryption performance.
  • Default theme images are scaled up with better quality in high DPI display mode.
  • Environment variables, such as %temp%, can be used in "Files to add" field of archiving dialog.
  • Switch -ai can be used when creating RAR archive, so predefined values, typical for file and folder, are stored instead of actual attributes. Previously this switch could be used only when extracting.
Version 5.10 beta 1:
  • Added extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using BZIP2, LZMA and PPMd compression.
  • Added extraction support for 7z split archives (.7z.001, .7z.002, …).
  • Added support for AES-NI CPU instructions allowing to improve RAR encryption and decryption performance.
  • Default theme images are scaled up with better quality in high DPI more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later







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RAR User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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Bluehour77 reviewed on 07 Sep 2012
simply ... love it!
[Version 4.20]


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bluehour73 reviewed on 28 Mar 2012
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....
[Version 4.11]


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hous reviewed on 20 Mar 2012
There is a GUI (graphical interface) at
http://www.macstarfish.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rarme.html


(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]


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Gn-0000 reviewed on 22 Jul 2011
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!
[Version 4.0.1b1]


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Antoinesynopsis reviewed on 10 May 2011
No graphical interface and it costs 29 $ ?!! It's a joke ?!
[Version 4.0.1b1]


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Gary_box commented on 04 Feb 2010
I use Unrar. Much better and free
[Version 3.9.2 beta 1]

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Lounge Deluxe replied on 16 Feb 2010
Unrar is just about decompressing (and excellent at it), Rar can also compress.
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cksum replied on 16 Mar 2010
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
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M2k commented on 31 Dec 2009
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.
[Version 3.9.1]


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RexLuthor commented on 31 Mar 2009
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:
http://stuffforlife.blogspot.com/2009/03/data-compression-in-mac-os-x-how-to.html

Hope this is useful.
[Version 3.8]


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ShotgunWeddings commented on 02 Aug 2008
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
[Version 3.8b4]

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Bruce_Y replied on 02 Aug 2008
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.
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Gannet replied on 02 Aug 2008
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).
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Chriswan replied on 20 Aug 2008
Agreed

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
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cksum replied on 16 Mar 2010
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...
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Mark Everitt commented on 30 May 2008
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.
[Version 3.8b1]

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cksum replied on 16 Mar 2010
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...
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ednl replied on 16 Mar 2010
Put it in /usr/local/bin
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Monkeyjunkey rated on 18 Mar 2014

[Version 5.10 beta 1]



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Sebnix rated on 19 Mar 2012

[Version 4.11]



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Werty rated on 17 Jan 2012

[Version 4.0.1b1]


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Type:Utilities : Compression
License:Shareware
Date:18 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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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 from the current directory, type "./rar" or "./unrar" followed by the appropriate parameters). Typing the application name (rar or unrar) without any parameters will produce a helpful guide to each program's usage.


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