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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about RarZilla Free Unrar and RAR files:

How to: Unrar a standard RAR

RarZilla: How to decompress a rar file...

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How to: Unrar a protected RAR

How to decompress a protected rar file...

Download protected RAR example file...

How to: Unrar a multipart RAR

How to decompress a multipart rar file...

Download multipart RAR example file...

Download and Installation First Steps License RAR Files Extracting Standard RAR Files Extracting Password Protected RAR Files Extracting Multi-Part RAR Files Troubleshooting Uninstallation Hi! I want to download RarZilla Free Unrar and I prefer to use large download sites like Tucows or download.com. Is RarZilla also available on Tucows or download.com?
  1. Sure! Go ahead and download RarZilla at Brothersoft, Tucows or download.com.
Hi! I might want to download RarZilla Free Unrar and I would like to know what it can do for me. What is RarZilla?
  1. RarZilla is a tool that extracts your RAR files.
  2. The RarZilla-engine is faster.
  3. RarZilla is 100% free.
  4. RarZilla is 100% clean and safe.
  5. RarZilla is 100% easy-to-use.
Hi! I have downloaded RarZilla and installed it on my Windows PC, because I would like to unrar some archives that I have downloaded from the internet. How can I unrar a RAR-archive quickly with RarZilla?
  1. To unrar a file choose one of the three following methods:
  2. Drag 'n' drop the compressed file on the RarZilla picture above the short instructions.
  3. Or: Right-click the RAR-archive and choose "RarZilla!" in the context menu.
  4. Or: Double-click the RAR file.
Hi! I've just read the instructions on how to use RarZilla. That still sounds somewhat complicated to me. I would like to watch a video. Is there a RarZilla example video?
  1. Yes, there is a short example video (no sound), that demonstrates all three methods described in the instructions.
  2. To watch the video, just click on the video link.

Hi! I've downloaded RarZilla a few seconds ago and already installed it successfully. Now I would like to unrar a simple example RAR archive to see if everything works. Is there an example rar file that I can use with RarZilla?

  1. Yes, there is a small example file.
  2. The file is as simple as possible: it is neither split nor password protected and it contains only one file.
Hi! I am having problems finding files after I have extracted them. The particular site I am downloading from has a password for each download. After downloading the files RarZilla automatically starts up and a small window asks me to enter the password. I enter the password and the loading bar along the bottom edge of the window runs from left to right, but where do I find the files I have extracted?
  1. By default the files are extracted to the folder that the .rar-file is in.
  2. If you have defined a default output folder (see next question), the files are extracted to that folder.
  3. Attention: If the folder name contains unicode chars, there is sometimes a new folder generated with a similar name that RarZilla can handle. If many of your folders use special characters, it is probably a good idea to define a standard output folder (see next question) that is free of unicode chars. This will be fixed in the next RarZilla-Version.
Hi! I sometimes do have difficulties finding the extracted files, because I let RarZilla automatically unrar my downloads that my browser happens to put in weirdly named temporary directories. How can I define a default output folder?
  1. Make sure that you have the latest version (2.57 or newer)
  2. Click on the tab named "Options" in the main screen
  3. Use the output folder settings to define your preferred folder (see next screenshot)

RarZilla Options Tab (Screenshot)

Hi! I have installed your program on my computer and decompressed several RAR files into a default output folder! Everything works properly (OK message is shown after the decompression process!), but the default output folder has still no files in it. What am I doing wrong?
  1. Have you already used the Windows search function to look for the files? Maybe the files were unpacked and located elsewhere?
  2. Perhaps there is a typo in the filename of the file that contains the default output folder (e.g. "foldwr.txt" instead of "folder.txt")? When there is a typo in the filename, the file is not found by the program and the files will be unpacked into the directory in which the RAR file is located in.
  3. Maybe the file "folder.txt" is empty? If the file "folder.txt" is empty, the files will be unpacked into the nothingness, there is an OK message ("OK -->"), followed by an error-sound signal, by which you can see that something went wrong. If you hear this sound signal, please either delete the empty file "folder.txt" or enter a default output folder.
  4. Perhaps there is a typo in the default output folder string (e.g. "F:\Medieen" instead of "F:\Media")? In case of a typo in the path of the default output folder the default directory can not be found. There is an OK message (e.g. "OK --> F:\Medieen\"), followed by an error-sound signal, by which you can see that something went wrong. If you hear this sound signal, please either delete the file "folder.txt" or correct the typos in the default output folder string.
  5. Maybe the directory name contains Unicode characters (e.g. C:\Wüste). Please select a output folder name without special characters.
  6. If you are not sure whether your RAR file is okay, download our test RAR file example.rar and try the above suggestions with this file.
Hi! I just downloaded and tried both "Free RAR Extract Frog" and "RarZilla Free Unrar", and when I try to extract my rar files the program will ask for the password which I entered exactly as the website from which I got the files said. But then your program will pop up the pdf file that should result, but shortly after both the pdf and your program will go away. Both Frog and RarZilla respond alike and I still have no sign of my pdf file. Why does my file disappear a few seconds after it showed up?
  1. I just tried to unrar those rar-files that you linked to and experienced the same program behaviour: the pdf file appears for a few moments and then disappears again. I also tried WinRAR - with the same result. Except that it gave an extra error-message, that said that there is a CRC-Error and that the rar-files are corrupted.
  2. So, in conclusion, if files appear and disappear: You have done nothing wrong. Frog and RarZilla have done nothing wrong. The rar-files simply are somewhat corrupted and therefore the extracted (but corrupt) file is deleted immediately and thus disappears. If you really need the file you should write to the webmaster and ask him to re-upload it...
Hi! I would like to play these RAR songs using my media player, but it does not work. Also, the RAR movies are not recognized. Perhaps because my laptop lacks a certain media codec? How can I play a RAR file directly?
  1. RAR files cannot be played directly, as they are compressed. You need to decompress the included media file. That file can then be played using winamp or a media player like media player classic.
  2. To decompress a RAR file start "RarZilla Free Unrar" and drag'n'drop that file on the RarZilla picture above the short instructions.
Hi! RarZilla works great, so easy, but where are the files?
  1. By default the files are extracted to the folder that your RAR file is in.
  2. If you have defined a default output folder, the files are extracted to that folder.
  3. Attention: If the folder name contains unicode chars, there is sometimes a new folder generated with a similar name that RarZilla can handle. If many of your folders use special characters, it is probably a good idea to define a standard output folder that is free of unicode chars. This will be fixed in the next RarZilla-Version.
Hi! I installed your unrar tool on my notebook and I already unpacked some RAR archives. Today a little window was shown during unraring that asked me to enter a password. From whence does one get a password?
  1. You do not need a password to use RarZilla - except the compressed file is protected by a password, then RarZilla asks you to enter that password.
  2. If you do not have that password, you need to contact the person that gave the RAR file to you, because only this person knows the password for this specific file.
Hi! I'm using RarZilla and everything works fine. The website, that I download a lot of files from, protects all downloads with the same password. After a download is complete, I start RarZilla and a small password window is displayed. I always have to enter the same password. This is kind of getting on my nerves. How can I define a default password?
  1. Make sure that you have the latest version (2.57 or newer)
  2. Click on the tab named "Options" in the main screen
  3. Use the password related settings to define your preferred password actions (see next screenshot)

RarZilla Options Tab (Screenshot)

Hi! A friend recommended RarZilla to me and it works very well. However, I often have to repeat the same password as I unpack many files, which are protected with the same password. I have already a text file with the password, so I can quickly copy & paste the password, but even so it would go faster if the password dialog directly read my text file and didn't show at all. How can I stop the password dialog from popping up at all?
  1. Go to the folder that contains RarZilla.exe (probably C:\Program Files\RarZilla Free Unrar\).
  2. Use notepad to create a text file named "silent.txt".
  3. Just put one line in it with your desired default password (e.g.: p78.de).
  4. BE CAREFUL: RarZilla now always tries to unrar password protected files with the password given in silent.txt without prompting. So, if you try to unrar files protected by a different password, it simply will not work until you delete silent.txt or change the password in it.
Hi! I just downloaded RarZilla and I want to try the unrar function for password protected RAR archives. Is there somewhere a password protected test RAR archive?
  1. Yes, there is a small password protected example rar file named example_password_protected.rar (password: "example").
  2. The file is as simple as possible: it is not split and it contains only one file.
Hi! I have used the unrar tool for some time and it has always worked well. Today, however, I tried to open a RAR file, but it was not unpacked. The file extension was somewhat different than that of previous RAR files. This ended in ".part2.rar". How can I unpack a ".part2.rar" RAR file?
  1. A ".part2.rar" RAR file is a part of a split RAR file which you can not unpack without the other parts. Splitted RAR archives will be used if the space on the medium is limited. If so, e.g., a large 700MB RAR archive is split into some 100MB parts and uploaded at different hosters. The seven parts are then put back together after the parts have been downloaded.
  2. You need to download all parts of such split archives to be able to begin with the unraring process, so go and get all the RAR files with the extensions ".part2.rar, .part1.rar" etc. Depending on how many parts have been generated, there may be a few or a few hundred of these ".partXYZ.rar"-type files.
  3. If you have downloaded all files needed, e.g., all seven ".part1-7.rar" RAR files, and placed them in the same directory, it is sufficient to double-click the file with the extension ".part1.rar" to start the unrar process. All other files, e.g., the ".part5.rar" RAR file, will automatically be found and unpacked.
  4. Done! Congratulations! :-) You have just unpacked your first split RAR archive.
Hi! I'm using RarZilla to try to open the first part of a 17 part RAR download. I see a (temporary?) 531MB file with the extension .ISO when it is working but it disappears when RarZilla is finished, and it asks me to enter info for the Next Archive? I was wondering maybe I need to download all of the files I wanted, all 17, before I start to open them?
  1. Yes! The 17 ".part1-17.rar" RAR files together form a split RAR archive, which you can not extract partially. Splitted RAR archives are usually used if the space on the medium is limited. If so e.g. a large 531MB RAR archive as a download and there are only a few MB of webspace at different hosters available, one creates a split archive, consisting of 17 parts, that is put back together after the download.
  2. If you have downloaded all files needed, i.e., all 17 ".part1-17.rar" RAR files, and placed them in the same directory, it is sufficient to double-click the file with the extension ".part1.rar" to start the unrar process. All other files, e.g., the ".part2.rar" RAR file, will automatically be found and unpacked.
  3. If not all the necessary files are in the same directory, RarZilla asks in a dialog for the next file, but it is recommended to put all the RAR files in the same directory to speed up the unpacking process.
Hi! A while ago I downloaded RarZilla and I would like to test the extraction of a split archive (".part1.rar", ".part2.rar" etc.) with a simple example file. Is there a simple split test RAR archive that I can use with RarZilla?
  1. Yes, there is a small split example rar file that consists of three parts: example_split_archive.part1.rar, example_split_archive.part2.rar and example_split_archive.part3.rar.
  2. The file is as simple as possible: it is split, but not password protected and it contains only one file.
  3. If not all the necessary files are in the same directory, RarZilla asks in a dialog for the next file, but it is recommended to put all the RAR files in the same directory to speed up the unpacking process.
Hi! I would really like to have a picture of my favorite sports car displayed during the unrar process. Or at least one of my girlfriend... How can I change RarZilla's skin?
  1. RarZilla does not support skins. But there is a program called "Free RAR Extract Frog" that uses the award winning RarZilla engine and supports skins. Here's how to change that program's skin:
  2. Go to the "Free RAR Extract Frog" page and download and install it. Make sure that you uninstall RarZilla first.
  3. To use a JPG or BMP image as new skin start "Free RAR Extract Frog" and drag'n'drop that image file on the picture of the frog above the short instructions.
  4. To switch back to the standard frog skin double-click the image. You will get the best results when you make your images fit (484*242 Pixel).

Hi! I just downloaded your rar file converter, and dropped a file in, then the following message comes up: "Zugriffsverletzung bei Adresse 01034F21 in Modul 'unrar.dll'. Schreiben von Adresse 000036B4." I have no idea what its saying. What does that Zugriffsverletzung-message say?

  1. It says that your RAR-file killed the unrar DLL.
  2. Maybe your file is defect or corrupted or there is not enough memory or diskspace.
Hi! I would like to put some files on my website that I want to compress using the RAR algorithm. How can I create RAR files with RarZilla?
  1. RarZilla is unfortunately not allowed to offer a function to create RAR archives, because the inventor of the algorithm does not license it.
  2. The only program on the planet that can create RAR archives is WinRAR.
Hi! I am an administrator and I would like to install RarZilla on several PCs quickly using a silent installation mode. Is there a command line parameter for an unattended/silent installation?
  1. Yes! The RarZilla installer recognizes "/S" for silent installation, "/NCRC" to suppress the CRC verification step, and "/D=dir" to specify the output directory, which is where the program will be installed.
  2. These options are case-sensitive, so be sure to type them in upper case.
  3. If you use silent installation, RarZilla is installed with the components from the "Recommended" installation type.
Hi! I downloaded the rar file extractor, and dropped a rar file in and it unpacked it perfectly. Now I don't need the unpacker anymore. How can I uninstall RarZilla?
  1. First of all: Close all open RarZilla windows.
  2. From the "Start" menu in Windows, select "Control Panel".
  3. Then select "Add/Remove Programs" (Windows 9x/ME/2k/XP) or under the "Programs" icon, select "Uninstall a program" (Windows Vista/7).
  4. Select the program named "RarZilla Free Unrar".
  5. Click "Remove" (Windows 9x/ME/2k/XP) or click "Uninstall" and then "Continue" (Windows Vista/7) to remove RarZilla.
  6. Now follow the instructions given by the Uninstaller.
Hi! I am using your RAR utility and I love it! During installation I chose to install the Ask Toolbar and I used it for quite some time, but now I don't need it anymore. How can I uninstall the Ask Toolbar?
  1. Close all open Web browsers.
  2. From the "Start" menu in Windows, select "Control Panel".
  3. Then select "Add/Remove Programs" (Windows 9x/ME/2k/XP) or under the "Programs" icon, select "Uninstall a program" (Windows Vista/7).
  4. Select the program with the Ask logo and the text "Ask Toolbar".
  5. Click "Remove" (Windows 9x/ME/2k/XP) or click "Uninstall" and then "Continue" (Windows Vista/7) to remove the Ask Toolbar.
  6. Now follow the instructions given by the Uninstaller.
  7. If you reopen your Web browser and still see the Toolbar, you may need to restart your computer for the uninstall process to be completed.
Hi! I have downloaded RarZilla Free Unrar and installed it on my Laptop. Everything works like I want it to. Today I bought an usb flash drive and I would like to put RarZilla on it. How can I put RarZilla on my USB flash drive?
  1. That's easy: Download the portable version of RarZilla called RarZille Free Unrar Portable!
  2. Just extract all files and "RarZilla Free Unrar Portable" is ready to be used. You can place it on your USB flash drive and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.
Hi! I unrar all kinds of password protected, split and standard RAR archives with your program and I got so used to that little creature on the ladder. But today I noticed that I do not know much about RarZilla. Who is RarZilla?
  1. The RarZilla character is taken from the beautiful book "Fifteen Feet of Time", a book about things that you always wanted to do but never had the time for.
  2. The book featuring RarZilla is available as paperback and as free eBook. Watch the preview video:

Hi! I've seen warez pages on the internet that offer several cracks, patches, serials, keygens etc. for RarZilla Free Unrar. I don't understand that: RarZilla is basicly already complete and free, right? Do I need a crack, serial or keygen for RarZilla?

  1. No, you don't need any CrackZ, KeygenZ or SerialZ in order to be able to use RarZilla! RarZilla Free Unrar is already 100% free and activated (see next question also).
  2. That is why you should be really careful with stuff like that. I would rather stay away from people that offer cracks, keygens etc. that are not at all neccessary...
Hi! I have downloaded WinRAR a while ago to unrar some RAR archives. However, the trial period of WinRAR has expired and I don't want to pay 35 Euro for it, since I only need to unrar files from time to time. Today I stumbled upon RarZilla which offers exactly what I need. Is RarZilla cheaper than WinRAR? What does RarZilla cost?
  1. RarZilla is 100% cheaper than WinRAR, because RarZilla is free.
  2. Again: RarZilla costs nothing, nada, it is absolutely free. Freeware. :-)
  3. Note: If you insist on sending some gratitude money, that's okay. Feel free to do that (see next question). ;-)
Hi! I have installed RarZilla a few month ago on my laptop and everything works just brilliantly. Thanks a lot! How can I donate or otherwise show my appreciation?
  1. I developped RarZilla with a lot of excitement and joy. You can show your appreciation by, e.g., blogging about RarZilla, linking to RarZilla, recommending it to your friends... Or you might want to compose a RarZilla song and post it on YouTube!? ;-)
  2. Or: You can make a donation in the amount of your choice here.
Hi! Okay, I've read every solution in this FAQ, experimented with the example files and still, however, I have something that I want to ask. How can I contact the RarZilla support?
  1. First of all: This is a free program used by millions and I'm just one, so there is no way to provide free support for all. Ask a friend!
  2. If you still want to email, email me. Maybe I'll answer. ;-)

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