Free RAR version over Red Hat 5.5

I started this little story by asking to the GNOME Planet about my RAR question:


Hi GNOME Planet,

I am looking for the free version of RAR or any free software alternative that can be installed over the Release version of Red Hat 5.5.

I was “googling”, but there are some trials versions or crackers things, but I am looking for an application that at least can generate RAR files.

I will appreciate any help.

Best regards,


As you can see the first 11 comments this post has were so helpful and I must thanks also people that helped me behind the scene:Jiří Eischmann, Marc-André Lureau, Tyler Šiprová, Tiffany AntopolskiCristhop Wickert and Edg@r Rodolfo from Fedora Perú.

Finally I took from everyone advices and I got this: RAR is not free for servers, you can read the license and check.

UNRAR is free for servers, I took this package for Red Hat Enterprise Edition for Linux 5.

# rpm -Uhv unrar-3.9.9-1.el5.i386.rpm
Preparando...               ########################################### [100%]
   1:unrar                  ########################################### [100%]

# unrar e LogoUCSSINUX.rar
UNRAR 3.92 freeware      Copyright (c) 1993-2010 Alexander Roshal

Extracting from LogoUCSSINUX.rar
Extracting  stylus-bt.ttf                 
Extracting  LogoUCSSINUX.svg                                          OK
All OK

You can also convert files online if you want to.

Thanks GNOME, Fedora and Red Hat people!

About Julita Inca

Ingeniero de Sistemas UNAC, Magíster en Ciencias de la Computación PUCP, Magíster en Computación de Alto Rendimiento de la Universidad de Edimburgo, OPW GNOME 2011, Miembro de la GNOME Foundation desde el 2012, Embajadora Fedora Perú desde el 2012, ganadora del scholarship of the Linux Foundation 2012, experiencia como Admin Linux en GMD y Especialista IT en IBM, con certificaciones RHCE, RHCSA, AIX 6.1, AIX 7 Administrator e ITILv3. Experiencia académica en universidades como PUCP, USIL y UNI. Leader of LinuXatUNI Community, HPC Software Specialist at UKAEA, and reviewer of the Technological Magazine of ESPOL-RTE, and volunteering Linux training for MINSA Peru... a simple mortal, just like you!
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11 Responses to Free RAR version over Red Hat 5.5

  1. Jasper St. Pierre says:

    Unfortunately, the RAR file format is proprietary. There is none, as far as I’m aware. There is an “unrar” program with the source available, but it is intentionally obfuscated, and the license prevents you from using it to reverse engineer the RAR format.

  2. Flavien says:

    you may be find it here

  3. Thomas says:

    I think 7zip should work.

  4. Juanjo Marin says:

    Hi ! I don’t know too much about RH 5.5 avalaibility. I think The Unarchiver is the free software with better support for rar files, but this piece of software is not usually packaged by distros.

  5. Guy says:

    There is no free tools to create RAR since it’s a proprietary software…plenty to unarchive them…as the lib to do so is freely shared. Why not use 7zip it does better in some cases, and comes really close in others.

    However I generally point folks at PeaZip as it’s a bit more handy.

    Best of luck

  6. Horst says:

    The trial version of rar is fully working, you can download it here:
    AFAIK there is no free alternative, just don’t use the RAR format or pay for the commercial version if you still have to use it.

  7. Not sure what “Red Hat 5.5” is meant to be (maybe you meant Red Hat Enterprise Edition instead? I couldn’t find “Microsoft 95” either 😛 ), but Fedota 16 includes unrar-4.2.3-1. If that’s not available for RHEL5.5 you might want to compile it? 🙂

  8. Kamil Páral says:

    Use the mailing list rather than blogposts, thanks.

    I don’t think you’ll find any opensource application for RAR *creation*. It’s a proprietary format and furthermore:
    “RAR files may be created only with commercial software WinRAR, RAR, and software that has permission from the licensor Alexander Roshal (Eugene’s brother).”

    Use a different format – zip, 7z, tar.gz, etc. For unpacking use “unrar” from Fedora.

  9. tchernobog says:

    AFAIK you can extract even recent RAR files with unar (in “theunarchiver”:, but you will probably need to compile it yourself for your platform.

    For creating RARs, I believe the algorithm itself is covered by patents, and as such there is no non-proprietary program to create them: you will need to pay RARLAB a license. I normally avoid RARs exactly for this reason. An alternative is creating .7z or .tar.xz archives – they usually are better than RARs anyway, and p7zip is free-software and available also on Windows.

    Else just go with the old good .zip format. 🙂 Not wonderful, but works.

  10. Marina says:

    RAR is a proprietary archive file format, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Fedora can not include software for generating rar files or even unrar software that is used for unpackaging them. You can learn more here: has the trial/paid version of rar software – I don’t think there exists a free of cost version of that. has a repository that includes a free of cost unrar software.

    If possible, it’s better to use zip or tar archive file formats instead.

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