How To Install Rar/Unrar on CentOS

Install Rar/Unrar on CentOS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of 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 through the step by step installation unrar and rar command-line tools.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS Linux.
  • 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 useror 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

Step 2. Installing Rar/Unrar on CentOS.

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

Commands for Rar/Unrar archive

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 for installing rar/unrar in the CentOS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official rar website.

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