What is RAR and why should I use it?
RAR is the original text mode version that predates WinRAR and is still in everyday use worldwide as it can go way beyond WinRAR
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.
Then 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 you can 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, 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 inside Help (at the top right of each WinRAR window).
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 Command Line functions, you will find there is a learning curve to overcome.
How can I learn to use RAR?
You could start learning by trial and error by checking out some RAR functions, but that will take time to become proficient with RAR.
Here’s an overview:
In Windows you first open the Command Prompt, CMD, then you can enter one or more RAR commands and switches on one line.
Once familiar with that, you can take it to the next level by including programming functions such as If … Then on multiple lines.
But you must remember to make a .txt copy of that file you can reuse and modify those functions.
The next level is to rename that .txt file to .bat, then you can add a wide variety of BATch file commands to create mini-programs that are now capable of a much wider range of uses.
But there is also a higher level and little known ‘secret’ to using RAR!
Windows Powershell makes using RAR much more powerful by enabling us to create a wider range of useful mini programs.
Powershell is an updated and much more extensive version of .BATch files, that you can use to automate regular, tedious, or time consuming tasks and then use them 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 more done with RAR.
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 these questions with my RAR Command Line Secrets course that I have designed and created for WinRAR users just like you.
During this course you will become familiar with the 100+ RAR Commands and Switches. Then you learn how to use them with either .BAT or PowerShell to customise to your exact requirements.
This 6 week, video based course is currently being updated and is scheduled to start in March 2020. So this is your opportunity to go on the priority list now, before the general public gets to hear about it!
Selwyn Arrow, WinRAR How To
P.S. The latest version 5.80 of both WinRAR and RAR has now been released, so you can download from here.