RAR Joining for the Mac?
April 26, 2007 7:26 PM   Subscribe

What Mac OS X application (or command-line utility) will join RAR files that come in the form filename.r01, filename.r02, etc.?

My understanding is that the method is a pretty old way of dealing with RAR archives nowadays, but there's still got to be some way to do it.
posted by WCityMike to Computers & Internet (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:33 PM on April 26, 2007

I'm pretty sure StuffIt will do it, provided you open the one file that's got the .rar extension.
posted by mhz at 7:34 PM on April 26, 2007

posted by Armitage Shanks at 7:35 PM on April 26, 2007

Stuff It will
posted by unixrat at 7:53 PM on April 26, 2007

fuck Stuffit, seconding UnRarX
posted by unSane at 7:53 PM on April 26, 2007

thirding UnRarX
posted by pmbuko at 7:57 PM on April 26, 2007

I like MacPar deLuxe, which does both RAR and PAR files. And it's shareware/donationware.
posted by mosk at 7:57 PM on April 26, 2007

to unrar... yeah StuffIt works, but slow and odd progress indicator. unrar from shell is faster. UnRarX even nicer.

and a few million other tools :)
posted by lundman at 7:59 PM on April 26, 2007

Hmmm...re-reading your question, I now see that you are specifically asking about the .r01, .r02, etc. file names. Not sure if MacPar deLuxe supports those...
posted by mosk at 7:59 PM on April 26, 2007

Last mention, UnRarX. No contest.
posted by tdabbott at 8:01 PM on April 26, 2007

"The Unarchiver" is what I use for pretty much everything. It even handles zips better than the Finder (it can delete the orginal zip file after unarchiving). It does RARs fine.
posted by yesno at 8:07 PM on April 26, 2007

The Unarchiver.

"Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other more or less obscure formats."
posted by yesno at 8:09 PM on April 26, 2007

(And just dbl click on the .rar and it joins everything up properly from the .r01 etc.)
posted by yesno at 8:10 PM on April 26, 2007

Split & Concat!
posted by Addlepated at 8:21 PM on April 26, 2007

Use UnRarX.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 8:58 PM on April 26, 2007

UnRarX. And if none of the files have a .rar extension, just drop the lowest numbered one on the application icon.
posted by kika at 9:59 PM on April 26, 2007

DO NOT use Split & Concat for .rxx files! It's a multi-part RAR archive, NOT a split file!
posted by DarkElf109 at 10:32 PM on April 26, 2007

RAR expander is IMHO way better than UnrarX.
posted by KimG at 10:35 PM on April 26, 2007

First of all you don't need to manually "join" r01, r02, r03 files.

They are only created by RAR when you specify the option "Split to Volumes, bytes".

All you need to do is open/uncompress the .RAR file and the rest of the files will be uncompressed automatically.

BTW, newer versions of RAR split files into


Same deal with these, just extract the first file and RAR will find the rest.

Also 2nding The Unarchiver for OS X.
posted by mphuie at 10:36 PM on April 26, 2007

Also FYI, make sure to extract from the 1st file. You may miss some files if you don't.
posted by mphuie at 10:39 PM on April 26, 2007

I'm thirding the unarchiver. I've tried stuffit as well, but the unarchiver is open source (and therefore free), and it also seemed to be faster than stuffit.
posted by Friday at 3:18 AM on April 27, 2007

Fourthing The Unarchiver. It handles everything and means I don't have to use bloody StuffIt Expander.
posted by VirtualWolf at 6:03 AM on April 27, 2007

Unarchiver doesn't handle .par files, which it renders it nearly useless for .rar files. I heartily recommend UnRarX, which, if you select the lowest-numbered (and usually smallest-sized) .par file, will first validate all files, repair them if necessary, then reconstitute the file in question from the .rar files.
posted by Mo Nickels at 4:15 AM on April 28, 2007

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