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JockVSJock 11-13-2004 10:03 AM

rar/unrar for Slackware?
I've googled and search the forums, but wanted to find an aswer that pertained to Slackware.

D/L a file and it is in .rar format.

What type of software is needed to unrar this file?

I've done something like this on my Knoppix box, but damn it, need to take better notes, cause I can't remember (grad school is really a mental workout).

thanks again...

fsbooks 11-13-2004 10:28 AM

How about "unrar"? There are various versions around, I happen to use one from . I think this is old-style shareware, so if you feel guilt about it and have no money, you might (freshmeat?) find another version.

On edit: Oh yes, this is on a slackware machine. I just built it and installed it in /usr/local....

tank728 11-13-2004 11:05 AM

there are packages for both rar and unrar at Here is the link

Good Luck


fixed the link

JockVSJock 11-13-2004 03:18 PM


Originally posted by tank728
there are packages for both rar and unrar at Here is the link http://

Good Luck


Hey, check yr url....but thanks for the post

JockVSJock 11-13-2004 03:20 PM

Looks like rarlab is the only game in town then...


What are people using on the Slackware box?

Is there anything that comes with the default install?

brenton 11-13-2004 04:56 PM

Yeah I'm using Rarlab unrar. I just install the package and Ark (KDE archiver) can open rar files. I don't think there's any rar utility that comes with Slackware.

jong357 11-13-2004 11:54 PM

The one I got off LinuxPackages works great as well. Integrates with Ark and File Roller seamlessly....

Actually, the one I'm using is version 3.4.0...... Can't say how the newer one on LinuxPackages works. The older one can be found in my sig link if your at all interested.

munkie_poo 11-22-2004 08:48 AM

you can also run winrar using wine to get the proper gui.
I use this when files are password protected as I havent sussed this out in command line.

lagartoflojo 11-22-2004 09:22 AM

Well, in the command line you can do

unrar x file.rar
and if it's password protected, the program will ask you for the password...

It seems like Gnome's File-Roller doesn't like passworded rar files: it knows that it is protected, but you can't input a password (the password field is grayed-out).

-- Hernán

sh1ft 11-22-2004 01:50 PM

Why doesn't slackware include a rar utility in the first place?

MykilX 11-22-2004 01:51 PM

Just an FYI unrar is free. Rar (to create rar archives) is shareware. I just downloaded unrar from rarlabs, put the binary in /usr/local/bin and i'm all set.

95se 11-22-2004 05:15 PM

sh1ft, they don't include it because:

The RAR/WinRAR unregistered trial version may not be distributed
inside of any other software package without written permission
of the copyright owner.
And it isn't opensource, like everything else in Slackware.

StevenXL 02-08-2014 04:11 AM

Hey guys just a follow up.

There is a specific unrar package for Slackware on

You can download that and simply use "sudo installpkg *.tgz".

Captain Pinkeye 02-08-2014 05:07 AM


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cwizardone 02-08-2014 05:29 AM

You can find a Slackware compatible package in the Salix repository,

and at MicroLinux,

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