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Registration and Licensing information

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How to register RAR or WinRAR if you didn't purchase a license

The short answer is: you cannot register without purchase.

RAR and WinRAR are not free products. When you purchase a license from our online store, you will register your installed copy by following the instructions for your configuration outlined below.

The RAR license is a perpetual license, and not a subscription. This means you are entitled to run the version you purchased as long as you wish, but if you wish to stay current, you will need to purchase a support and maintenance subscription which entitles you to upgrades and updates for a year. If you like WinRAR and want to keep it, you should click on the Buy Online link and buy a license.

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How to install a single-user license key for RAR or WiNRAR on Windows

You will receive an email after you make a purchase (can be up to 24 hours after your order is placed), and that email will contain an attachment that is your key file. Please make a backup of this file in a safe place -- you'll need this file if you get a new hard drive, computer, or have any other system failure.

You must make sure that WinRAR is already installed on your computer before attempting this process -- if you don't have WinRAR installed, visit our downloads section, and download a copy, install it, and then return to complete this process.

  • Find the email you received with the attachment containing your license key.
  • Save that attachment to your desktop in the same way you would save any normal attachment from your email. The attachment will likely be called rarreg.txt.
  • Right-click on the file and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. If you see a button labeled Unblock on the bottom-right corner of the properties panel, click it and then click OK. If you do not see this button, close the panel and proceed to the next step.
  • Copy the license key to the WinRAR folder through one of the two methods shown below
    • Method 1:
      • Launch WinRAR from your Start menu.
      • Drag and drop the file rarreg.txt into the WinRAR program window
    • OR
    • Method 2:
      • Browse to the C:\Program Files\WinRAR folder by double-clicking on the Computer icon, then double-clicking on the C drive, and then Program Files and then double-click on the WinRAR folder.
      • Copy the rarreg.txt file into the WinRAR folder either by right-clicking on the file and choosing Copy and then Pasting it into the WinRAR folder, or you can drag and drop the file into the folder.
  • Confirming successful registration by launching the WinRAR application by clicking on Start, All Programs, WinRAR then click on the WinRAR icon to launch WinRAR (or search the start menu for WinRAR)
  • Confirm the title bar of the WinRAR application window does not say "evaluation"
  • Click on Help, About WinRAR from the menu and view the section labled Registered To. If this section has your information, then the license key installation worked. Unlicensed copies will say Trial Copy.


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How to install a multi-user license key for RAR or WiNRAR on Windows

The steps for applying the license key to many machines is the same as a single-user license. Make sure you've installed WinRAR on the target machine and repeat the steps for single-user license key installation.

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How to register RAR for Linux

This procedure is for the installation of the keyfile for a Linux machine.

  • Copy the rarreg.txt file to the home directory of the person you are registering for.
  • Log in as the user and execute rar to validate that it is now registered.


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How to register RAR for Mac OS X

To register RAR on Mac OS X, please copy the file rarreg.txt to the users home directory or to one of the following directories:

  • /etc/ (preferred)
  • /usr/lib/
  • /usr/local/lib/

Use the following command (assumes you put the key in the same folder that you downloaded rar into):
sudo cp rarreg.txt /etc/

You may rename it to .rarreg.txt or .rarregtxt, if you wish, but rarreg.txt is also ok.

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License key email received but attachment is missing (Outlook Express)

If you're using Outlook Express, it's security settings will make it appear as though the attachment is not there. This is not the case, Outlook is "protecting" you from the attachment, and you need to change a setting to see your key file.

  • Start Outlook Express
  • Click on Tools, and then Options
  • Click on the Security tab
  • Uncheck the option: "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus"
  • Click Ok
  • Save the key file listed as part of the normal registration process above
  • Return to the security tab and re-enable the option: "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus"


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License key email received but attachment is missing (Zone Alarm)

If you are running Zone Alarm on your computer, the default settings may quarantine certain types of attachments by default. You will need to change the configuration to allow your system to receive RAR files as attachemnts to emails. Once you have completed this change, if you cannot retrieve the file from the quarantine, contact us and request your license key be resent.

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License key email received but attachment is missing (Firewall or Server)

If you are running Zone Alarm on your computer, the default settings may quarantine certain types of attachments by default. You will need to change the configuration to allow your system to receive RAR files as attachemnts to emails. Once you have completed this change, if you cannot retrieve the file from the quarantine, contact us and request your license key be resent.

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Did not receive your license from BuyRAR.com

Under normal circumstances, the processing of the order and delivery of the license key takes less than three minutes. However, there are times when manual intervention is required or there are communication delays between our system and the key generation server in Europe. If it has been less than 24 hours, the order may still be processing and will be delivered automatically when the processing has completed.

Another issue is your email provider may have delivered the license key to your spam or suspect email folders, and it may get overlooked. Please be sure to check these areas to confirm the license key was not misfiled by your email provider. In other cases, email providers simply delete the email if they feel it is spam or meets other criteria. If you are known to have issues receiving certain types of files, please let us know so we can assist.

If it has been longer than 24 hours, then please use the contact us link and send us a message with your order number, and we can arrange to resend your license key.

There is also the possibility that you did receive the license key, but it didn't end up in your email inbox. Be sure to check your spam or suspect mail folders to ensure the license key isn't waiting in one of those folders.

To request your license key be resent, use the Contact Us, Lost Key page to submit your request and we will resend your key as soon as possible.

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Did not receive your license purchased through another web site

RAR and WinRAR are sold through many independent vendors throughout the world, so we are unable to take any specific action for a problem with a purchase made elsewhere. To follow up on an order problem from another site, use the Contact Us, Lost Key link to report the problem to the worldwide distribution office (located in Germany), and they can locate the site you ordered from, and provide additional assistance.

Provide as much detail as possible about your order so the information can be located quickly and the issue resolved. Information should include any order numbers, name, address, city, state or province, and postal codes. Additionally, the email address you used when placing the order can also be helpful in locating your order.

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How to keep your registration while upgrading to a newer version

NOTE: There is no need to uninstall before performing these steps.

  • Make sure you have a backup of your license key (rarreg.txt)
  • Download the latest version (release or beta) and save it to your hard drive
  • Make sure WinRAR or RAR is not running on your machine anywhere
  • Double-click on the downloaded installation file and proceed to install WinRAR or RAR over your existing installation (all settings, configurations and so forth are retained)
  • WinRAR looks for the presence of your license key each time it launches and it will detect the key there during startup.
If you install WinRAR or RAR to a location other than where you had it installed previously, then simply copy the rarreg.txt File to the new installation location.

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