Install UNRAR on Fedora 35 / 34 / 33 / 32 - Step by step guide ?

The GNU unrar is a freeware used to extract compressed files in RAR format. It is completely free and opensource and also used in Windows command-line to extract RAR files.

Here at LinuxAPT, we shall look into how you can install UNRAR freeware utility on Fedora 35/34/33/32 and it's command-line usages.

For more on how to use the unrar utility, check out the man pages:

$ man unrar

Steps to install UNRAR on Fedora system

1. Enable RPMFusion repository

To begin, you have to enable the RPM Fusion repository. This is a repository that provides add-on software packages that are not included in the official Fedora repositories. These include proprietary software packages and those that are closed source.

RPM Fusion provides both free and non-free repositories. To install UNRAR, we need to enable both of these repositories.

To enable the free RPM Fusion, run the below command:

$ sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm 

To install the RPM Fusion non-free repository, run the command:

$ sudo dnf install \ https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

To confirm that both repositories have been installed by the following command:

$ sudo dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion

2. Install unrar on the system

Now, use the below DFN package manager command to install unrar package:

$ sudo dnf install unrar

Next, Accept the GPG key by pressing 'Y' and pressing ENTER to complete the installation of unrar.

You can get in-depth information about unrar:

$ rpm -qi unrar

How to use unrar to extract files ?

With unrar installed, perhaps you might want to get a summary of all the possible commands that you can use. To do this, run the following command:

$ unrar

This will provide a list of all the possible options that you can use.

For example, to extract a file without archived paths, use the syntax:

$ unrar e filename.rar

In this example, we are extracting the contents of the file linuxapt.rar:

$ unrar e linuxapt.rar

From the output, you will see that the command extracts the files individually.

If you wish to extract the files with the full path i.e. in a directory bearing the name of the rar file, use the x option as follows.

$ unrar x filename.rar

For example:

$ unrar x linuxapt.rar

This extracts the contents of the rar file into a directory called linuxapt in the current working directory. This provides a better way of grouping your extracted files.

If you are only interested in listing the files contained in a RAR file, use the l option as follows:

$ unrar l filename.rar

For example, to lists the contents of the linuxapt.rar file run:

$ unrar l linuxapt.rar

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This article covers how to install and use UNRAR freeware on Fedora. In fact, UNRAR is a great option for extracting RAR files and provides a myriad of options depending on how you want your files organized upon extraction. 

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