How to install Unrar Debian 11 Bullseye or 10 Buster Linux
Just like with ZIP, RAR is another format for compressing and creating archive files on PC or laptop. This process compresses data and reduces storage space. RAR (.rar) is one of the common file compression formats. Therefore, if you are using Debian 11 or 10 and want to use unrar to extract RAR format archive files downloaded from the web, here are the steps to follow.
Unrar is the tool available in the Debian Base repository for extracting compressed archive files (.rar). Well, we have to install it manually because Unrar is not pre-installed on Linux systems.
Here we learn not only the method to install Unrar on Debian 11 or 10, but also how to use its command line to extract or unzip a RAR archive file.
Install and use Unrar on Debian 11 or 10 Linux to extract RAR files
Step 1: update apt
Run the system update command to refresh the system APT cache and also to install if any updates are available for your system.
sudo apt update
Step 2: command to install Unrar in Debian 11 or 10
As I said in the introduction, Unrar is available through the default Debian Linux base repository, so just use the APT package manager to grab its packages and install them using the command given:
sudo apt install unrar-free
Step 3: Unrar options to use
Once the installation is complete, we can see what options are available to use with this command line tool. To do this, use the help parameter.
Here is the output:
Usage: unrar [OPTION...] ARCHIVE [FILE...] [DESTINATION] Extract files from rar archives. -x, --extract Extract files from archive (default) -t, --list List files in archive -f, --force Overwrite files when extracting --extract-newer Only extract newer files from the archive --extract-no-paths Don't create directories while extracting -p, --password Decrypt archive using a password -?, --help Give this help list --usage Give a short usage message -V, --version Print program version
Then we learn if we already have some
.rar then how to use unrar to extract or unzip the same using command line:
unrar -x filename.rar
To replace the filename.rar with the actual RAR file you want to extract.
I have a file called sample.rar in the Downloads folder, then I’ll go to the Downloads folder first.
And then to list the files that are available there, you can use:
Now to extract just use Unrar with either X Where e option with the name of the file.
unrar -x sample.rar
unrar -e sample.rar
Step 5: To list contents of RAR file
Before extracting the contents of some RAR compressed files using Unrar on Linux, we can list all available folders and files inside directly on our command terminal. For this use
unrar -t filename.rar
unrar -t sample.rar
If you don’t want to extract contents of RAR file to same directory where it exists, we can mention other directory for it.
For example, let’s create a directory called: Test
Now extract the rar content in the Test folder.
unrar -x filename.rar /path-of-foler
unrar -x sample.rar ~/Downloads/test/
Step 7: Unzip or unzip a password protected RAR file
Well, it often happens that we get password protected RAR file from web or email. Use
unrar -x -p filename.rar
unrar -x -p pass-sample.rar
Enter the password.
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