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How to Convert ZIP to RAR File on Windows 10

Compared to the usual ZIP compression, RAR compression has a much higher compression ratio which is why RAR files are more preferred. By default, Windows only supports ZIP compressed format and does not support RAR compressed format. If you want to convert ZIP archive file to RAR format, use these methods.

2 Options to convert ZIP to RAR file on Windows 10

Option 1: Convert ZIP file to RAR Format with WinRAR

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data, reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP, and other files and convert ZIP archives into RAR file format.

Use these steps, you can easily convert ZIP file to RAR archive file:

Step 1: Locate the RAR archive file you want to convert. Right-click on it, click open with WinRAR.

Extract RAR files

Step 2: In WinRAR menu, click Tools > Convert archives.

Convert ZIP to RAR file

Step 3: When Convert archives dialog opens, click Browse... button to select the destination folder to place save the converted archives. Then click Compression… button.

Click Compression

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

Select RAR format

Step 5: Enter password to start converting process.

If the ZIP archive, as well as the file names, is password protected, you will be asked to enter the password. If you forgot the password, you can find the original password, with the help of iSumsoft ZIP Password Refixer, learn more see Forgot RAR Password, How to Recover it.

Enter password to unlock ZIP file

When the converting process is done, you will see ZIP archive has been changed into a RAR file.

Option 2: Convert ZIP to RAR File using Online Conversion

Converting from ZIP to RAR format is quite simple.

Step 1: Go to Cloud Convert website.

Step 2: Upload ZIP file.

Click Select files and then choose any file you want to be archived. It is possible to select multiple files at once.

Upload ZIP file

Step 3: Select RAR as output and click on Start conversion.

After you have selected your files, choose the RAR archive format at the bottom of create rar archive. Then click Start Conversion. The conversion takes a few seconds and the document is ready for downloading in RAR format.

Select RAR as output format

Step 4: When it done, click Download.

Download zip archive file