How to Open .Rar Files on a Mac

By Phillip Paquette

Learn how to open a .rar file on a Mac and commonly used programs installed to open .rar files on the Mac operating system.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac running OS X 10.x
  • .Rar files to open
  • .Rar expander software

RAR files, or Roshal Archive files, are an archival file format containing data compressed for faster file transfer speeds. Macs do not come with a default, pre-installed program on Mac OS Yosemite to open RAR files; however, free programs are available for download to open RAR files on a Mac, including Stuffit Expander, RAR Expander and UnRarX.

Stuffit Expander

Download Stuffit Expander, a free RAR decompression program that also opens lesser-used archive file formats including KGB, 7Z, ARC, SIT and SITZ.

1. Launch StuffIt Expander.

2. Drag and drop the RAR file into the StuffIt Expander application window.

3. At the prompt, select a destination where you want the uncompressed files to be saved, select a folder and click Open.

RAR Expander

Open RAR Files Using RAR Expander

  1. Open a Finder window and select the RAR file to unarchive.
  2. Hold the Control key and click.
  3. Highlight the Open With option and select RAR Expander.

In RAR Expander, choose a folder to confirm where unarchived files will be located.

4. Once RAR Expander opens, select the folder in which to save the unarchived files and then click Select on the bottom right corner of the window to finish unzipping the RAR file.

RAR Expander supports uncompressing RAR files, and also works with Apple Scripts, in the event that you have scripts that for unarchiving multiple RAR files at once.


Open RAR Files Using UnRarX

  1. Open UnRarX from the Applications folder.
  2. To change the location for saving the file, select the drop-down next to Extract To. This is optional.

Drag and drop the RAR file into UnRarX's window

3. Drag and drop the RAR file into the application’s window.

UnRarX is another free program for accessing files within a RAR or PAR archive. It can also restore corrupted or missing archives.