Well, it seems to be in fashion this month for people to send me files compressed in RAR format. I have no facility to unrar them and I do not plan to buy WinRar as I have already purchased WinZip and WinAce and frankly I'm pissed off at the fact that I might have to spend another $20 to open 1 or 2 files (as with WinAce when that was the flavour of the month). Does anybody know of a good freeware unrar package, I just need to decompress them and RAR compression is not something I need. Do not post any links to "shareware" or "try before you buy" software, because I won't use them unless there is at least a chance of buying it and there is none. I don't use hacks or cracks so don't bother posting keygens and the like.

Posted on 2003-10-10 02:51:22 by donkey
Command line freeware Windows UnRAR.

here you can find "UnRAR dynamic library for Windows software developers"
Posted on 2003-10-10 03:42:46 by TBD
also WinRar is free for 30 days and keeps working after that but with a nag screen.. you can download it from rarlabs.com
Posted on 2003-10-10 03:45:06 by devilsclaw
poor you for getting winzip and winace :)
Posted on 2003-10-10 04:41:39 by f0dder

That should do the trick :alright:

Hi f0dder,

Well, I bought WinZip quite a while ago and it works very well, I have never had a problem with it at any rate. I bought WinAce because I was getting alot of WinAce compressed files for a while, still have WinAce but nobody uses it anymore.

Thanks devilsclaw,

But I have no intention of buying it and just to download it for one file then dump it seems a bit dishonest to me, kind of like asking to test drive a car only to do your groceries.
Posted on 2003-10-10 05:01:47 by donkey
Hi Donkey,

Have a look at uniquE RAR File Library ( free library for free software ) :

Posted on 2003-10-10 05:20:34 by Vortex
sell ZIP and ACE at ebay and buy a new RAR for it, this one can deompress the others too. ;)
Posted on 2003-10-10 06:07:37 by beaster
http://7-zip.org free unzipper that supports many formats
Posted on 2003-10-10 08:16:51 by Hiroshimator
I guess I must have the special easter egg version that can do that.
Posted on 2003-10-11 12:13:22 by Hiroshimator
Hi Ranma_at,

It works fine, select an archive in the browser and right click on it. I agree that the interface stinks but it is capable of alot. I used to use it all the time, I had just forgotten about it.
Posted on 2003-10-11 12:17:55 by donkey
Anyone who tried UltimateZip? This free program is able to extract files from Rar archives.
Posted on 2003-10-12 07:22:14 by Vortex
I've been using PowerArchiver for some years now:

Supports ZIP, CAB, LHA (LZH), TAR, TAR.GZ,
BZIP2, XXE, MIME, and UUE file formats
- Includes an internal viewer that supports TXT,
RTF, and more than 18 image formats
- Support for unlimited size ZIP archives
- Create ZIP and CAB self-extracting archives
- Repair corrupted ZIP archives
- Extract multiple archives at the same time
- Create automated file backup scripts
- Upload archives directly to FTP sites
- Encrypt archives using 5 different methods

Posted on 2003-10-12 10:14:00 by Delight
is it free?
Posted on 2003-10-12 19:59:37 by bgcq
It's not free.
Posted on 2003-10-13 05:07:26 by Vortex
I could have sworn WinAce can work with abotu 25+ compression formats including RAR...
Posted on 2003-10-13 10:45:27 by SpooK
WinAce will report that the format is unrecognized or that the header is bad for the newer winrar formats. At any rate I am happy with 7-zip, I only ever gave it up because the interface is a bit cumbersome but besides that it does everything else very well.
Posted on 2003-10-13 10:50:58 by donkey
Mine does. I use WinAce Archiver v1.0 for everything I do. Never had your header problem with rar files. But then again, i dont come across them too often...
Posted on 2003-10-15 19:50:24 by NaN
I think the header problem is with the new "solid" RAR files... (for those of you who don't use WinRAR, the "solid" format is like a tar/gz, with better compression, but incompatible with all other packers :P ).
Posted on 2003-10-17 12:57:27 by QvasiModo