Is there any good, free program for OS X that can create RAR files? Preferably with a GUI.

It seems there are plenty of options for extracting RAR files, but not that many for compressing them...

6 Answers 6


SimplyRar (download) will do the trick.

  • Thanks, SimplyRar seems okay. I wasn't sure which answer to accept, but I guess this one, as Simplyrar is free (as in cost), has GUI, and you mentioned it first. :)
    – Jonik
    Oct 8, 2010 at 23:32
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    Doesn't seem to work with Yosemite. I downloaded from MacUpdate (1.0.8) and the DMG wouldn't even open.
    – Dov
    Nov 12, 2014 at 22:52

You can use command line rar for Mac OS X, but it doesn't have GUI. On the other hand, it's useful for scripting. (I feel that it should be mentioned here anyway).

  • +1 for Terminal. But ... how do I install the downloaded files then to always be able to use the commands.
    – leymannx
    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:04
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    It can be installed through Homebrew Cask with: brew cask install rar
    – GDP2
    Jan 24, 2018 at 21:15

Download simplyrar it free and easy to use.

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It's not free, but Rucksack is a great app to create all kind of archives, ".rar" included.

  • Actually, Rucksack no longer supports creating 'rar's.
    – docwhat
    Feb 23, 2013 at 2:24

BetterZip, it does rar's too, it's easy to use. It does cost though.


Install WinRAR into a WineSkin wrapper. Works perfectly.

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