WinRAR for Mac Guide

WinRAR doesn't support Mac well. Here I'll show you how to use WinZip for Mac to open RAR files and create ZIP files.


Extract RAR files on Mac

WinZip for Mac is designed to open and extract from the widest range of file formats, including RAR, 7Z, BZ2, TAR, ZIPX, ZIP, GZ, WAR, JAR, and so on. Once WinZip for Mac is installed, you may double click on the RAR file icon to open it with WinZip.

Starting with WinZip Mac Edition 2.0 you're able to open and unzip split RAR files, e.g., filename.z01, filename.z02, and so on. You can simply unzip a split RAR file with the user interface or from the context menu.

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Create ZIP files with password on Mac

Your Mac's built-in Zip file utility can create ZIP files. However, to compress ZIP files with password protected, you have to depend on encryption software. With WinZip for Mac, you're able to compress and encrypt files at the same time. 2 ways are available: from context menu or from the user inteface.

It's easier to compress and encrypt a single file from context menu. Simply right click a file and choose Add to Zip File, a dialog will open as below. Input a name for the zipped file and specify your password. Then click ZIP to finish.

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Usually, you may want to compress files and/or folders. To do so, run WinZip Mac and then select New Zip File from the welcome screen or File menu. You'll see the dialog as below. Input the file name in the Save As text file and select the location to save the zipped file. You can also select the file format.

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After clicking the New button, your empty Zip file will open, in which click Add.

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A new window will open from which you can choose folders, files, or both. To encrypt the data, check the Encrypt option and enter a password twice.

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After you click Zip, the empty Zip file will update, showing the files and folders you have added. You can then send the zipped and encrypted file safely. The specified password is required to open the encrypted file.

Register WinZip for Mac

  1. Start WinZip Mac edition by double clicking the WinZip Mac icon.
  2. The registration dialog will open.
  3. Important: Enter your name and registration code EXACTLY as they appear on your registration acknowledgment email.
  4. Click Register and you're done. The reminder dialog won't show up again.

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