How To Install Rar/Unrar on CentOS 8

Install Rar/Unrar on Centos 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Rar/Unrar on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, RAR is the most popular tool for creating and extracting compressed archive (.rar) files, but unfortunately, the Rar tool doesn’t pre-installed under Linux systems, we need to install it using third-party tools to open, extract, uncompress or unrar archive files.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Rar/Unrar on CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Rar/Unrar on Centos 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Rar/Unrar on CentOS 8.

Now we run the following command to install Rar/Unrar:

wget https://www.rarlab.com/rar/rarlinux-x64-6.0.2.tar.gz
tar -zxvf rarlinux-x64-6.0.b2.tar.gz
cd rar
sudo cp -v rar unrar /usr/local/bin/

There’s no need to compile or anything. The binary on the tar file works out of the box. On the above example, we copy it  /usr/local/bin so it is found by default after login on our system.

Step 3. Commands Open RAR File / Extract RAR Files

Following are some useful and helpful Rar/Unrar archive commands

# unrar x (file_name).rar           extract with full path
# unrar e -kb (file_name).rar       (Keep broken)
# unrar l (file_name).rar           list files inside
# unrar e (file_name).rar           dump files excluding folders
# rar a (file_name).rar (file_name) create a archive Rar file
# rar r (file_name).rar             recover or fix a archive file or files
# rar a -p (file_name).rar          create a archive Rar file with password

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Rar/Unrar. Thanks for using this tutorial to install the Rar/Unrar on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Rar website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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