How To Install Rar/Unrar on CentOS

Install Rar/Unrar on CentOS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install rar/unrar on your CentOS system. For those of you who didn’t know, RAR is the most popular tool for creating and extracting compressed archive (.rar) files, but unfortunately, 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 unrar and rar command-line tools.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS or RHEL-based.
  • 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

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

sudo yum clean all
sudo yum update
sudo yum install epel-release

Step 2. Installing Rar/Unrar on CentOS.

  • Method 1. Install Rar/Unrar from Source Code.

By default, rar/unrar is not available on the CentOS base repository. Now run the following command below to download rar installer to your CentOS system:


Next, extract the downloaded file using the tar command:

tar -xzvf rarlinux-x64-611.tar.gz

After that, set the environment variables by copying the rar and unrar files to /usr/local/bin/.

cp -v rar unrar /usr/local/bin/
  • Method 2. Install Rar/Unrar from the EPEL repository.

Once the EPEL repository is enabled, you can install RAR and UnRAR packages using the following command below:

sudo yum install rar unrar

After the installation is complete, you can verify whether RAR and UnRAR packages are installed by running the following commands:

rar --version
unrar --version

Commands for Rar/Unrar archive

Here’s a table of commonly used RAR and UnRAR commands with examples:

Command Description Example
RAR Commands
rar a [archive_name] [file/directory_name] Creates a new RAR archive and adds the specified file/directory to it rar a archive.rar myfile.txt
rar x [archive_name] [destination_directory] Extracts files/directories from a RAR archive to the specified destination directory rar x archive.rar /home/user/documents
rar t [archive_name] Tests the integrity of a RAR archive and lists its contents rar t archive.rar
UnRAR Commands
unrar x [archive_name] [destination_directory] Extracts files/directories from a RAR archive to the specified destination directory unrar x archive.rar /home/user/documents
unrar l [archive_name] Lists the contents of a RAR archive unrar l archive.rar
unrar e [archive_name] [file_name] Extracts a single file from a RAR archive to the current directory unrar e archive.rar myfile.txt

Note: Replace the square brackets [] with the actual file or directory name/path.

These commands can be executed from the command line or terminal on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. For more information on the available options and flags, refer to the manual pages by typing man rar or man unrar in the terminal.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed rar/unrar. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing rar/unrar in the CentOS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you 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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