How to Open RAR Files on Your Mac

Did you recently download a .RAR file you cannot open on your Mac? Don’t worry the reason the file cannot be opened is because you require a specific application that will extract these compressed file types. When .RAR files are created users have the option of creating a single file archive or a compressed file split into multiple files, either way you will need an application like StuffIt Expander to open and extract the contents of the compressed archives.

The guide below will show you how to extract .rar compressed files with StuffIt Expander. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form at the end of the guide.

Software/Hardware used: StuffIt Expander running on Mac OS X 10.6.5.

How to Extract RAR Files on a Mac

Before you begin download and install StuffIt Expander.


1. Open StuffIt Expander and drag the RAR file to the Expander icon.

The RAR archive will automatically extract to the location where the original RAR file is located.

You can also use the File menu on the application window to open compressed files and to specify a location for the extracted files.