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RAR for Android


Key Details of RAR

  • Create RAR and ZIP, unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives.
  • Last updated on 3/19/2024
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

RAR for Android is a helpful application that enables you to easily compress a variety of file types as well as navigate your phone's memory. The broad range of support file types that can be opened via this application makes it much more useful than for ordinary file compression.


Extensive support: We easily created RAR and ZIP files on our phone that opened smoothly on our computer as well. The ability to open other file types, such as ISO and BZ2, is a great tool to have on your mobile device, and we observed no flaws in opening any of the supported file types.

Straightforward arrangement: RAR for Android is intuitive and easy to use. The limited number of buttons and tools on the screen assists in finding and selecting files, and both the light and dark design themes present text easily with their high-contrast schemes.

Fast performance: Packing and unpacking data took only a few seconds, regardless of file size or type, for most of our tests. Large files, such as our camera's photo gallery, took about one minute to compress approximately 200 images.


Unexceptional navigation: We were unsatisfied with RAR for Android's navigation tool because after pressing the back button, it always jumps to the first item in a list and not where we were before. This is a small but annoying feature.

Bottom Line

RAR for Android truly exceeds our expectations and gives you more control over your mobile phone. Overall, this is a great tool for your phone, so we recommend you download RAR for Android.

Full Specifications

1. If external app sends a file on external card to RAR and if file name includes the full path, RAR will create an archive in the same folder as such file. Previous versions created it in the external card root folder.
2. Unnecessary empty space was below the status bar in previous version. It is fixed now.
November 5, 2020
Latest update
March 19, 2024
Operating System
Android 13.0
Total Downloads
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Developer's Description

Create RAR and ZIP, unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives.

RARLAB's RAR is an all-in-one, original, free, simple, easy and quick compression program, archiver, assistant, extractor, manager and even a basic file explorer.

RAR can create RAR and ZIP and unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives. List of functions include repair command for damaged ZIP and RAR files, benchmark function compatible with RARLAB's WinRAR benchmark, recovery record, usual and recovery volumes, encryption, solid archives, utilizing multiple CPU cores to compress data.

Additionally to standard ZIP files, unzip function supports ZIP and ZIPX with BZIP2, LZMA, PPMd and XZ compression also as password protected ZIP. Unrar command is available for all versions of RAR archives including the latest RAR5, password protected and multipart files.

RAR displays advertising to cover development costs. You can pay in options menu to turn off ads. RAR requests access to network, viewing network connections and billing to display or disable ads. "Install unknown apps" permission is requested, so .apk files can be started

from RAR in Android 8+.

If you wish to help us translating RAR to your language, please download RAR for Android language files in "RAR extras" section of www.rarlab.com and follow instructions in readme.txt. Thank you.