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How to Convert RAR Files to ZIP Files on Windows using WinRAR

Occasionally, for some reason you may need to convert a RAR archive file into a ZIP file format. Some online third-party converter software can help realize this, but it may be paid. Actually, off-the-shelf WinRAR software also can help you realize conversion between RAR files and ZIP files. Now this page will show two options to convert RAR files to ZIP files on Windows using WinRAR. Either way, make sure WinRAR software has been installed on your Windows computer.


Option 1: Convert RAR file to ZIP file using WinRAR tools

Step 1: Locate the RAR archive file you want to convert, right click on it, and in the context menu select Open with WinRAR.

open RAR archive with winrar

Tips: If the RAR archive as well as the file names is password protected, you will be asked to enter the password.

Enter password

Step 2: After the RAR archive opens in WinRAR, click Tools -> Convert archives on the menu.

Click Tools and Convert archives

Step 3: After the Convert archives dialog opens, keep the RAR type checked in the "Archive types" section, and in the "Archives to convert" section it will list the RAR archive you want to convert to ZIP archive. Surely, you also can add more RAR archives into the list by clicking the Add button, if you want. In the "Folder for converted archives" section, select one folder to save the converted archives. Then click Compression… button in the "Conversion options" section.

Click Compression

Step 4: In the Set default compression options dialog, select the General tab, select ZIP format in the "Archive format" section, and then click OK.

Select ZIP format and click OK

Step 5: When you are return back to the Convert archives dialog, click OK to start converting the RAR file to ZIP file.

Tips: If the RAR archive to convert is encrypted by password, you will be asked to enter the password.

Step 6: When the converting process is 100% completed, click Close.You will see the RAR archive has been changed into a ZIP file.

Conversion is finished

Option 2: Convert RAR file to ZIP file by decompression and compression again

This is an old-fashioned but available way.

Step 1: Locate the RAR archive, right click on it, and select Extract Here.

Extract RAR archive

Tips: If the RAR archive is encrypted, you will be asked to enter the password.

Step 2: After the folder in the RAR archive are extracted, right click on it and select Add to archive.

Add the folder to archive

Step 3: Select General tab, select ZIP format in the Archive format section, and then click OK. Then this folder can be compressed into a ZIP archive.

Compress the folder to ZIP file