RAR Expander for Mac

RAR Expander for Mac

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Date Added:
June 27, 2006
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Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.3.9/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC
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RAR Expander is a free utility for expanding archive files with the .rar format (typically received from PC users). The Mac OS used to come bundled with software that could expand .rar files, but now you need to install a separate program--such as RAR Expander--if you need to work with them.

RAR Expander doesn't have a particularly pretty interface, but it expands files quickly and reliably. All you have to do is choose Expand from the app's File menu (which is the only command in the app's File menu), browse to find the .rar archive that you want to expand, and hit return. RAR Expander will prompt you for where you want to expand the file, or you can set the preferences to handle this automatically--and the preferences can also determine whether RAR Expander creates a surrounding folder, checks for updates, or beeps on completion. This app also comes with rudimentary AppleScript support, along with two sample scripts.

There are other free .rar utilities that have slightly more functionality (such as the ability to restore corrupted archives), but RAR Expander can handle most simple expanding tasks.

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    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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    out of 19 votes

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    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
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  • 1 stars

    "CNET installers contains bloatware!"

    July 13, 2014   |   By toatsmagoats79

    Version: RAR Expander 0.8.5b4


    To be fair to RAR Expander, I didn't get to review the program. When I noticed that bloatware was going to be installed on my Mac, I quit the install process.


    This Download.com installer contains bloatware/spyware from Spigot, as well as hijacking your browser with extensions that will reset your firefox and chrome homepages as well as redirect you to custom search pages. You can disable this at install (scroll down to bottom of terms of use), by checking "advanced user" install. You'll still have to manually disable all the bloatware one at a time by unchecking each one.


    Use the Download.com / CNET installer at your own risk. I won't be downloading anything here anymore. Shame on you Download.com and Spigot.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great tool. Worked like a charm"

    May 13, 2014   |   By copsarah

    Version: RAR Expander 0.8.5b4


    free & simple


    none i suppose

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  • 2 stars

    "Ok, but ...see has problems"

    March 17, 2013   |   By nightshadow2013

    Version: RAR Expander 0.8.5b4


    It functions OK but each time it does not expand and combine rar part automatically. I have to go to the DL files and choose the files to combine and start with file (rar part 1) or it gives an error message.


    For some reason each time it expands a file, it also adds a copy of Lightroom 4.3 installer package on my computer. I don't know why and how to stop it. I then have to eject the LR package. Last night I dl a program with 6 rar parts and I then had 6 Lightroom 4.3 packages on my computer that I had to eject.


    I think this program has potential, but needs to solve these problems. It drives me crazy that it ALWAYS adds the Lightroom 4 installer package with each rar.

    Updated on Mar 17, 2013

    It seems that the Lightroom 4 installer package only opens when the rar expander has rar parts to expand and combine. I still don't know why and there is no link that I can find to make that happen.

    Updated on Apr 12, 2013

    The LR installer problem stopped when the new LR update was released. I now give the program 4 1/2 stars only because it doesn't combine the expanded RAR's automatically.

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