What is RAR and when should I use it?
RAR enables you to use its many powerful functions as it is the original Windows DOS text mode version that predates WinRAR, and its regularly updated versions are still in everyday use worldwide, as its many extra functions enable it to go way beyond WinRAR’s more limited functions.
RAR is available in downloadable customised versions for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android phones plus FreeBDS Operating Systems (OS).
Why would I want to use RAR?
Because it provides direct access into your OS, there is a much wider range of possible commands and switches available for both advanced users and those of us who are willing to learn how to make good use of RAR. As each of these text mode functions will provide us with more detailed and finer control than is possible with a graphical interface such as Windows.
When would I use RAR?
With RAR.exe you will have full use of the many powerful “low level” functions inside your OS (Operating System).
So have you ever been a bit frustrated using WinRAR.exe, when its commands don’t quite do exactly what you require?
Then I suggest you try looking up the extensive list of RAR commands and switches that are available inside Help (at the top right of each WinRAR window), as well as the rar.txt document that is supplied with WinRAR.
In there you are sure to find at least one command for what you want to do.
But unless you are already quite familiar with the wide range of those commands and functions, you will find there is a learning curve to overcome.
How can I learn to use RAR.exe?
You could start learning by trial and error by working through the RAR functions, but that will take quite a chunk of your time to become proficient with using RAR.exe, so keep reading for more!
Here’s an overview:
In Windows if you first open the Command Prompt, Cmd, then you can enter one or more of RAR.exe’s commands and switches on one line. But you must remember to make a .txt copy of that file so you can reuse and modify those functions. So to make RAR.exe easier to learn, you are invited to join our Free RAR Command Line Secrets course Here.
Then there is a higher level and little known ‘secret’ to using RAR!
Once familiar with Command line, you can take it to the next level by including programming functions such as If … Then, on multiple lines, using Windows .bat files with RAR.exe.
By renaming that .txt file to .bat, you can then add a wide variety of Windows BATch file commands to create multi line mini-programs that are now capable of a much wider range of uses.
You can then go deeper than by using Windows Powershell as it makes using RAR far even more powerful by enabling us to create a wider range of useful mini apps.
Powershell is a far more capable programming utility than .BATch files, so that you can use it to automate regular, tedious, or time consuming tasks to use from inside Windows.
Powershell includes a command line shell and an advanced scripting language, making it extremely useful for those of us that need to get even more done with RAR.exe.
How do I start?
Does all this sound too difficult for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I can provide you with answers to your questions with either ,or both, of my two RAR courses:
The RAR Command Line course was originally the introductory first hour of the full course (see below). This free 12 part online course is for WinRAR users who are interested in creating their own line of code with RAR.exe and Windows Cmd line.
This course starts from the beginning with you becoming familiar with many of the most used commands and switches available in RAR.exe by using many examples to enable you to start using them Windows Cmd (Command Line) to create single line code projects.
That course content was originally the introductory part of the full 6 hour video based course, and is now free to anyone to get the introduction to what is possible with the full RAR Secrets Course. Then in the new year, this website will provide new RAR.exe users with their free Members discussion area from this sites top Menu.
The RAR Secrets Course
The full 5+ hour online RAR Secrets Course, launched in November 2023, is recommended for all more experienced RAR.exe, and WinRAR, users who want to extend their knowledge with is 30 video lessons without having to DIY.
During this course you will become familiar with the extensive RAR Commands and Switches and will learn how to use the many examples to create many useful multi-line code starting with .BATch files.
The course then moves on to understanding how to efficiently use Windows PowerShell, so that you can then customise and create your own much more useful ‘mini-apps’, to your exact requirements.
So to subscribe to this course, click here. Then by providing your full name and best email you will have a years access to this very useful course!
Then in the new year (after this site is upgraded) all RSC members will receive an additional bonus to join us in their RSC Private Members area.
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P.S. The latest version 6.23 of both WinRAR and RAR is always available here, for you to download.