data archival and compression format
introduced for WinRAR (Eugene
Roshal, 1995), file archive utility released for MS Windows operating
RAR provides very good compression ratio and data recovery capabilities
(if optional recovery records are used while creating the archive), and
moreover features optional AES based encryption.
PeaZip, freeware and open source archiver utility, can browse,
test and extract RAR files on Linux and Windows, using the
Open Source code written by Igor Pavlov in 7-Zip and
its POSIX port p7zip project.
No free software utility is available for create RAR
compressed files: UNRAR is available as free and open source
software for allowing extraction of RAR archives both on Linux and
Microsoft Windows with the clause of not reverse engineering the code
implementing RAR compression.
The non reverse
engineering clause about the RAR
compression algorithm apply as well for any rewritten version, so no
free RAR compressor can be created.
Consequently, due to RAR's license constrains, no free software can be
natively capable of writing RAR archives (which is required both for
creation, update and repairing), unless calling Windows-only WinRar's
requires having WinRar (shareware, free for 40 days only) downloaded
installed as a separate product.
Please note that WinRar license's time trial legal limitations apply to
any part of the package (as i.e. rar.exe) as well, even if it does not
warning screen as the main WinRar's GUI executable.
of RAR archives from PeaZip
With WinRar installed in the system, you can use PeaZip's "Custom"
interface to use rar.exe to create
format archives through PeaZip's GUI:
Now any time you will select "Custom" format compression PeaZip will
automatically use the syntax rar.exe
- chose "Custom" format in
compression dialog and the
first time go to "Advanced" tab to tell PeaZip how to use the executable
- identify where the rar.exe executable is saved in
your system, and enter it in
- write a (which stands for create archive for rar.exe
command line syntax) in "Parameters" filed
- select the second entry in "Syntax" dropdown menu:
output, input", so rar.exe will be able to parse PeaZip's frontend
Please note that rar.exe command line syntax is not a 1:1 replacement
of WinRar features, especially worth of notice is that "a" command
creates the archive storing full paths
(and creation storing relative
paths option is not even featured) while WinRar GUI application creates
by default archives storing relative paths.
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