I would like to know if it's possible to make an AppleScript of the following terminal command(s).

unrar e -r -o- *.rar && find ./ -name “*.r*” -delete

Also, I would like to know if it's possible to tweak the unrar e -r -o- *.rar command.

Following situation:


When I login in to Terminal and use the command unrar e -r -o- *.rar, everything from the subfolders will be extracted to the Main_folder.

Is there a command that will extract the *.rar in the same subfolder as where they are stored?

For now I have…

on run {input, parameters}
  tell application "Terminal"
    do script with command "cd /Volumes/******_storage/******* && unrar e -r -o- *.rar && find ./ -name “*.r*” -delete"
  end tell

This works fine except that subfolders are still extracted in /******** instead of their own folder and that my files aren't deleted.

  • Curly quote marks don't work in bash, and replacing them with standard quote marks breaks the AppleScript as the quote marks are mismatched.
    – grg
    Commented Jan 17, 2015 at 16:15

1 Answer 1


In the help text of the utility is says...

UNRAR 5.10 beta 4 freeware      Copyright (c) 1993-2014 Alexander Roshal

Usage:     unrar <command> -<switch 1> -<switch N> <archive> <files...>
               <@listfiles...> <path_to_extract>

so you can include the path_to_extract at the end of the command and once inside a loop it's easy. Like this...

cd <path>
for f in `find . -name "*.r*"`; do unrar e -o- $f `dirname $f` && rm $f; done


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