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Install FAQs

Installation is handled like other WIndows programs, but we've outlined the steps for common operating systems below.

Installation

How do I install WinRAR on Windows 8?

  • Start Internet Explorer (or browser of your choice). It does not matter if you use the "Metro" or the desktop version.
  • Type BuyRAR.com into the URL location area (if you're not reading this from our site presently)
  • Click on Download, Latest Versions from the menu
  • Click on WinRAR in the downloads listed there. NOTE: Choose the 32 or 64 bit version that matches the version of Windows you have installed. If you don't know, here is how you can tell
    1. Bring up the charms bar, Settings, Control Panel
    2. Click on System and Security
    3. Click on System
    4. View the information located in the "System Type" item in the "System" section.
  • Click on the version you wish to download
  • Click on the Run or Save button (Run is preferred since you can always come back to download the latest version in the future)
  • If the User Account Control box comes up, click on the Yes button
  • On the WinRAR Setup box, you may make changes to the configuration, but we recommend you leave the defaults for now and click on Install (you can change them later from inside WinRAR)
  • Click the OK button
  • Click the Done button
  • A window will display with the icons that were added to your Start Menu, which you can close.
  • The WinRAR application can now be run through the Start screen or through the right-click options as you are working directly with files.

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    How do I install WinRAR on Windows Vista or Windows 7?

    • Vist BuyRAR.com and go to the latest downloads section
    • When you receive the File Download - Security Warning box, select the "Save" button. (NOTE: You can optionally choose the Run option, but this is not recommended as it poses greater security risk)
    • The "Save as Type" drop-down should say "Application"
    • Click the "Save" button
    • Click on the Windows button, and choose your name under your profile image.
    • Double-click on the Downloads folder
    • Double-click on the file you downloaded from the list (for example, wrar401 for 32 bit versions and wrar-x64-401 for 64 bit versions)

      NOTE: The 32-bit version will work in 64-bit versions of Windows, but 64-bit versions do not work on 32-bit Windows. Check your system for the option that best matches your system.
    • If the User Account Control box comes up, click on the Allow button
    • Click the Install button
    • On the WinRAR Setup box, you may make changes to the configuration, but we recommend you leave the defaults for now (you can change them later from inside WinRAR)
    • Click the OK button
    • Click the Done button
    • A window will display with the icons that were added to your Start Menu, which you can close.
    The WinRAR application can now be run through the Start menu (Windows button) or through the right-click options as you are working with the files.

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    How do I install WinRAR on Windows XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, and other Windows versions?

    • Vist BuyRAR.com and go to the latest downloads section
    • When you receive the File Download - Security Warning box, select the "Save" button. (NOTE: You can optionally choose the Run option, but this is not recommended as it poses greater security risk)
    • The "Save as Type" drop-down should say "Application"
    • Click the "Save" button
    • Click on the Start button, and choose the My Documents link (the default location files will download).
    • Double-click on the Downloads folder
    • Double-click on the file you downloaded from the list (for example, wrar501 for 32 bit versions and winrar-x64-501 for 64 bit versions)

      NOTE: The 32-bit version will work in 64-bit versions of Windows, but 64-bit versions do not work on 32-bit Windows. Check your system for the option that best matches your system.
    • If the Open File - Security Warning box comes up, click on the Run button
    • Click the Install button
    • On the WinRAR Setup box, you may make changes to the configuration, but we recommend you leave the defaults for now (you can change them later from inside WinRAR)
    • Click the OK button
    • Click the Done button
    • A window will display with the icons that were added to your Start Menu, which you can close.
    The WinRAR application can now be run through the Start menu (Windows button) or through the right-click options as you are working with the files.

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    How do I install RAR on Mac OS X?

    RAR for the Mac is currently a command line only tool. If you prefer to access it through a graphic interface, you may try a program like BetterZip (extract only) or RarMachine.

    These instructions were written on OS X 10.4.8 (Tiger) and vas validated on Mountain Lion (10.8.2) and Mavericks (10.9.1) but should also work on Leopard and other versions.

    NOTE: Terminal commands are case sensitive, so type the folder names in the same case as they are shown in Finder

    • Vist BuyRAR.com and go to the latest downloads section
    • Click on RAR - Mac OS X in the Latest Versions section
    • Save the file in a new folder off your Downloads folder called rar
    • Click on Finder, Applications, Utilities, then double-click on Terminal. This will open a terminal prompt, which is needed for the following steps.
    • Type: cd ~/Downloads/rar (and hit return)
    • Extract the files by typeing: tar -xvzf rarosx-5.0.1.tar.gz
      (The numbers represent the version and should match the file you downloaded)
    • The previous step will create a sub-folder called rar, which we are going to navigate into by typing: cd rar
    • Now we are going to copy the files to the various folders in the Mac OS X file system. If you receive a permission denied message, you will need to add sudo and a space before the command which tells the operating system to perform the step as a "Super User" (essentially root). You will be prompted to enter your password to complete each command when using sudo.
    • Type: cp rar /usr/bin/ (and hit return)
      If you get a message about permission denied, type the following: sudo cp rar /usr/bin/ (and hit return)
    • Type: cp default.sfx /usr/lib/ (and hit return)
      If you get a message about permission denied, type the following: sudo cp default.sfx /usr/lib/
    • Type: cp rarfiles.lst /etc/ (and hit return)
      If you get a message about permission denied, type the following: sudo cp rarfiles.lst /etc/
    • Now we will change ownership by typing the following: sudo chown root:wheel /usr/bin/rar (and hit return)
    • If you wish to copy the documentation (text files) that came with RAR, type: cp *.txt /LIbrary/Documentation/Commands/rar/ (and hit return)
      If you get a message about permission denied, type the following: sudo cp *.txt /Library/Documentation/Commands/rar/

    If you would like more assistance with the Mac Terminal, here are few items that may help you:
    http://www.mac-terminal.com/
    You can also look for Terminal under the Support section of Apple's web site

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    How do I install RAR on Linux?

    RAR for Linux is currently a command line only tool.

    NOTE: Terminal commands are case sensitive.

    • Visit BuyRAR.com
    • Click on the Downloads link
    • Click on RAR for Linux (32 or 64bit as appropriate for your system) in the Latest Versions section
    • Go to the terminal
    • Change to the directory where the file was downloaded
    • Unpack the archive with the following command for the 32bit version: tar xvfz rarlinux-5.0.1.tar.gz or this for the 64bit version: tar xvfz rarlinux-x64-5.0.1.tar.gz
    • Copy the files (except the text files) to the following folder: /usr/sbin/
    • If you have a license key, copy it to the home folder of the licensed user, or root for the server:
      • /root/
      • /home/user
    When you start RAR from the terminal, and you receive the following error:
    rar: error in loading shared libraries: libstdc++
    cannot open shared object file

    Use the static version of RAR, rar_static instead.

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    How do I perform a distributed deployment of WinRAR?

    This document will help guide you through ways to deploy WinRAR to your organization with deployment software, or simply putting the required files on CD and running a batch file. Since the install and the settings you desire can be packaged to be installed, the effort can be minimal. While the example was written for v3.20, it will work on other versions of WinRAR, including newer ones.

    WinRAR SFX module and so WinRAR distributive supports /s switch which forces the silent mode. So it is possible to run the following command to silently install WinRAR:
    wrar501.exe /s or winrar-x64-501.exe /s for the 64bit version

    To perform a silent uninstall of WinRAR, use the following command:
    uninstall.exe /setup /s

    Another useful feature is "Import/Export settings" command in "Options" menu. You may configure one WinRAR copy, export settings and then copy settings.reg file which will be created in WinRAR folder to every new folder with the installed WinRAR before running winrar.exe for the first time. If WinRAR was installed to the computer which did not have WinRAR before and if it finds settings.reg in its folder, it will import settings automatically when executed for the first time. Even if this computer already had an older WinRAR version, it is possible to import settings.reg either using Options menu or by running:
    regedit /s settings.reg

    For example, you wish to install WinRAR from removable media, you may place the following files to the disk:
    wrar501.exe
    settings.reg - contained required settings
    install.bat

    install.bat contains the following commands:
    mkdir "c:\Program Files\WinRAR"
    copy settings.reg "c:\Program Files\WinRAR"
    wrar501.exe /s
    regedit /s "c:\Program Files\WinRAR\settings.reg"

    and run this install.bat on every computer.

    Since WinRAR 3.10 it is possible to disable the main menu and settings dialog using HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WinRAR\Policy registry key. This feature may help to preserve WinRAR settings in multiuser environment. Read "Configuration settings/Registry variables" topic in WinRAR help for more details.

    If you want to install WinRAR, for example, into C:\Apps\WinRAR and not into C:\Program Files\WinRAR, you may add the following strings to the end of settings.reg:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WinRAR SFX]
    "C%%Program Files%WinRAR"="C:\\Apps\\WinRAR"

    and import regedit /s settings.reg before running wrar501.exe /s

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