How to open .rar, .tar, .7z, .cab?

How to open the archive files .zip, .rar, .tar, .7z, .cab, .arj,. Lzh, .ace, .tar, .gz, .uue, .bz2, .jar, .pea, and others you will learn in this article on the site Let’s start with the basics, let’s find out what the Archive is. For frequent use as a «press» of information, the archive file contains information of any kind. Archives always preserve the integrity and structure of files and documents packed inside files. In our modern time there is a fairly large number of types of archives, the main ones are .zip, .rar, 7z and .cab. There are also archives, designed in the form of programs. They are self-extracting, that is, you do not need to have a compatible archiver installed on your computer to unpack them.

What will it take to open a .zip, .rar, .tar, .7z, .cab, etc. file?
1. A program WinRAR. Download WinRAR

Functions that the WinRAR archiver provides:
  • Creating archives of RAR and ZIP formats.
  • Unpacking archives of the formats CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZIP2, JAR, ISO, 7z, Z.
  • The ability to encrypt archives using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm in CBC mode with a key length of 256 bits (128 bits in version 4).
  • Ability to work with files up to 8.589 billion (about 8×109) gigabytes.
  • Creation of self-extracting, continuous and multi-volume archives.
  • Adding additional data to the archives to restore the archive in case it is damaged, and also creating special recovery volumes that allow you to restore a multi-volume archive if it is damaged or even completely missing its individual volumes.
  • Full support for the NTFS file system and file names in Unicode.
  • Support for the command line.

Free alternative to WinRAR — 7-Zip:
It is highly recommended to use the 7-Zip program for Windows with a high compression ratio as an alternative and free of charge archiver.

2. A program 7-Zip [download 7-Zip for Windows]

Main features of 7-Zip:
  • Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, Z, MSI, RPM, DEB, NSIS, LZH, RAR, ARJ, WIM, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, ISO and RPM.
  • Very high compression ratio in 7z format.
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, the compression ratio is 2-10% higher than in PKZip and WinZip.
  • Ability to create self-extracting archives for 7z format.
  • Ability to encrypt archives.
  • Built-in file manager.
  • Integration into the Windows shell.
  • Plugin for FAR Manager.
  • Plugin for the program Total Commander.
  • Powerful version for the command line.
  • Multilingual interface (there is a Russian language).