Compression: Which is the RAR archiver?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ICEBreaker, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. ICEBreaker macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Dear forum members,

    I have been using WinRAR on the PC for years and like many users, I would attest that the RAR format is the best archiving format out there. However, now that I am a Mac user, I am having difficulty finding something like WinRAR. UnRarX is a popular choice for uncompressing RAR files. However, I am trying to CREATE RAR files. Any luck?

    What formats do you usually use for compressing or archiving files? ZIP?

  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    UnrarX, Stuffit, The Unarchiver :)

    Please search...
  3. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Please read ;)

    OP: I dont use RAR at all, as I find that .tbz (tar bzip2) has much higher compression ratio. To create .tbz files I use GUI Tar.
  4. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    Check out MacUpdate and versiontracker. You should be able to find a program your looking for. Just search for RAR.
  5. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    You can make zip files by command selecting them and then right click and click Compress
  6. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    SHADOW: Thank you for your reply!! Just as I feared, it seems like not many Mac users use RAR. I'll give TBZ a look over. Thanks.

    TDM21: Thanks for those sites. They will come in handy for other software I might want to look up. As for RAR Archiver (not reader), I can't find anything on those sites at first look.

    bjett92: Thanks for the tip. ZIP is fine, but not as good as RAR. I guess beggers can't be choosers.
  7. cjh macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2007
    You can download a rar command line client from rarlabs (the guys behind WinRAR). I believe you can use the same license key file as WinRAR too if you already have one. If you then add the rar folder to your path, then you can rar things in any folder from the command line using the rar command (typing rar by itself will give you the usage, a list of commands and switches).
  8. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Hi CJH, thanks for your reply. Although I am happy with using command line, being a DOS-era kid, I am worried that it won't be able to interpret filenames that are in foreign language (German/Japanese) and screw it up. I suppose I could give it a try first. Would prefer something OS-Xesque though... that's the reason why I decided to try out Macs in the first place. :apple:
  9. Maccleduff macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007

    There is a GUI for the rar utility, here

    Ive found it to work well for my needs, I was in a similar position to you a while ago switching from windows to mac and rar apps were pretty tough to find!
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    SimplyRAR: VERY slow.

    MacPAR deLuxe: strange settings, do not seem to work properly for compression. Why do we care about PNN files? compression controls do not seem to work properly once you RAR a file (RAR file, and try RARing again, even after quitting and restarting, gives funky results, one time it try to make 50 450mb files from a 5gb file, then other times the files just won't show up, 10.4.11, intel mac).
  11. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Thank you Maccleduff! I think this will be very useful.

    I see Consultant, thank you for your review on those two RAR programs. I shall be keeping away from those!
  12. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Well, looking for a good compression utility myself.

    SimplyRAR works, didn't say avoid, but it seems very slow to me. Currently testing it.

    RARme has not been updated for awhile so I haven't tested it yet. Do you have any luck with it?

    Might have to give the other format a try.
  13. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Hi Consultant. I have installed and used RarMe. It appears to work fine, at least during my simple test of archiving, extracting and verifying the extracted contents. (My test PDF files opened fine). Not sure about the more advanced functions though, but I would assume it should be OK.

    I think it is best to actually learn the RARLAB command line parameters and then use RarMe as a helper application only. Can verify the terminal switches manually.

    For installation, remember to place only the executable files into RarMe's Resources folder. I placed the entire RAR folder into the Resources folder, which didn't work. i.e. Don't create a RAR subfolder within the Resources folder.

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