How to Convert ZIP to RAR


You can use the traditional WinRAR program or other software converters for converting ZIP archive files into RAR format. The file recipient must have WinRAR or any such converter software installed on her computer to extract the RAR files and use them. RAR software converts large files into smaller sequential packages for transfer across the network. When the recipient clicks on the RAR files, the installed conversion software extracts the individual RAR file units and integrates them into a single file for retrieval of information.

Convert Using Software

  • Use WinRAR to convert your ZIP archive into RAR. You can download WinRAR trial version through the WinRAR official website or any other reliable download website such as Follow instructions and complete WinRAR installation on your computer.

  • Go to the location of the ZIP archive you want to convert. Double click the archive. The WinRAR software opens a window displaying your target archive.

  • Click on the "Tools" option located on the menu bar (topmost bar) of the screen. Choose "Convert Archives" from the drop-down menu. You should now see a new window displaying your target archive and format-conversion options (rar, rar2, zip and several others).

  • Check "rar" in this list and click "OK." The screen shows the extraction of ZIP files and subsequent conversion to RAR. Click "close" once conversion is completed 100 percent.

  • View the RAR file in the same location as your target ZIP archive.

Extract and Compress Again

  • Use an alternative method. Extract the ZIP archive files first and then use WinRAR or other software to archive into RAR format.

  • Go to the location of the target ZIP archive. Windows versions come with in-built support for ZIP files.

  • Double click on the archive. WinRAR window opens.

  • Click "Extract To" on the toolbar and specify the location for the extracted files. Click "OK.. Your files will now be extracted to the specified folder.

  • Go to the folder and right click on the extracted archive. You will find an option "Add to yourarchivename.rar." Click this option. Your WinRAR archive is created in the same location.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use other software such as ArcConvert and IZARC for conversion from ZIP to RAR (see Reference 3 and 5). Be sure you have effective anti-virus installed in your PC before downloading.

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