How to Change RAR Files to ZIP Files

by R. Sinclair

If you want to send a large file, the easiest way to do it is to compress it so it takes up less space. There are two main formats for this, RAR and ZIP. To convert from one format to another, you will need a piece of software called WinRAR, which can handle both ZIP and RAR files. You can get a trial version of WinRAR free of charge.


Go to and click on "Downloads."


Select the WinRAR version that matches your operating system (e.g., Mac OS, Linux).


Download the program by clicking on it.


Follow the instructions on the screen to install WinRAR on your computer. The trial version is free.


Right-click on the RAR file that you want to convert and select to extract it with WinRAR.


Right-click on the extracted file and select to compress it as a ZIP file.


  • check After the trial version of WinRAR expires, you can buy a full version for $29 (July 2009).


About the Author

R. Sinclair is a freelance copywriter and researcher. She writes about personal finance, health, technology and travel. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and on specialist websites.