RAR (WinRAR for Mac) 5.10

Simple file compressor

RAR for Mac is a lightweight compression tool for Macs, that can unpack most common compressed file formats such as ZIP and JAR. View full description


  • Seamless compression resulting in low file sizes
  • Huge array of options and settings
  • Intuitive Quick-Start feature


  • No GUI - command line only
  • Requires purchasing a license


RAR for Mac is a lightweight compression tool for Macs, that can unpack most common compressed file formats such as ZIP and JAR.

RAR is a powerful archive manager. It can back up your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. The application not only includes support for extracting virtually any kind of file compression format, it also boasts a no-nonsense approach to reducing file sizes.

When you download RAR, you might be confused by the fact that it's just a folder of files. This is because there is no graphical user interface for RAR. It works only via the command line using Terminal so if you've got no experience of using Terminal, then you're going to be a bit stranded. If you're willing to learn however, here's how to do it...

Place the files in any folder on your hard drive, and run 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). If you get stuck, simply type the application name (RAR or UNRAR) without any parameters to see list of useful commands.

However, this will no doubt prove too complicated for most general users and considering the fact that you have to buy a license too for RAR, there are far better applications out there such as Zipeg which is both free and has a GUI thus making it much easier to use.

RAR is a powerful compression tool but if you don't know how to run programs from the Terminal, it won't be much use to you.



RAR (WinRAR for Mac) 5.10

User reviews about RAR

  • jl19761976

    by jl19761976


    It's much faster than GUI version. It's also much more stable AND does checksums etc, which is more robust and useful...   More.

  • jl19761976

    by jl19761976

    "stop scaring other users - it's absolutely stable, 100% functional program"

    It supports volume splitting, password protection - everything ! What people do not understand here, is that iPhone e...   More.

  • rramhat

    by rramhat

    "Good for Pentium II Celeron users !!"

    Some guys are having problems ??? Well, to use this program you need to buy a Windows PC with Pentium-II celeron proc...   More.

  • Objective, not subjective

    by Objective, not subjective

    "Dennis Hodges is a moron..."

    Dennis Hodges is a moron... It's a command line utility only usable in the Terminal Application. But it can easily ...   More.

  • Dennis Hodges

    by Dennis Hodges

    "Doesn't work!"

    I downloaded this software this morning and can't get it to run. I'm no IT wizard but I assumed it would open and run...   More.

  • Andres Garza

    by Andres Garza

    "i cant compress"

    i cant compress!!!!!!!what do I need. I bought this and it doesn't seem to work! I need some help please.   More.