Application Magazine came across a recent tweet asking for recommendations for programs (applications) for the Mac that can download .rar files. RAR stands for Roshal ARchive, and is a proprietary archive file format that supports data compressions, error recovery and file spanning.
Perhaps a little background is important before making some recommendations. RAR files may be created only with commercial software WinRAR, RAR, and software that has permission from the licensor. RAR for Pocket PC is the only freeware for creating RAR files.
Third-party programs that can only read (unpack) RAR files include: WinZip (Windows), RarZilla (Windows), 7-Zip (multiplatform), IZArc (Windows), PeaZip (Windows, Linux), Zipeg (Windows, Mac OS X), and ALZip (Windows), along with the free version of unrar (which is available for Linux and FreeBSD). Mac OS X readers include Stuffit Expander, The Unarchiver, UnRarX, and Zipeg. Stuffit Expander is also available for Mac OS Classic with RAR support for this platform.
One of our preferred solutions is RAR Expander, which also extracts the files ocntainted in RAR archives. RAR Expander supports both single and multi-part archives, and has support for password-protected archives as well. It uses the official unRAR library internally so it is fully compatible with archives produced by WinRAR.
Here are a few YouTube videos on other ways to open up/download/access .RAR files: