Convert RAR to ZIP
RAR file format possesses some advantages over the ZIP like the compression method, but you usually need to install a third-party compression/extraction software to open or extract it. People that are a bit geek like you and me surely know tons of applications that can do so, but there are many others around that don’t know any. This is probably just one reason why you need to convert your rar archive to zip format when you need to share it with someone. So, here you are 2 free tools you can use to convert rar to zip.
IZArc is one of the popular free compression/extraction programs that has a built-in archive converter. You can convert between archives like zip, 7z, tar, jar, lzh, blackhole, bga, cab, tar gz and convert rar to any of these.
To convert rar to zip, or to any of the supported formats, run IZArc and open the rar file. Then, click the “Tools” menu and select “Convert Archive”.
Select the archive format that you want the rar file to be converted to. Click “OK” when you done with the selection.
There you have it. Check the directory where you keep the rar file to find the conversion result. The rar file stays untouched.
This one supports more archive formats compared to IZArc. Additionally, you can also convert any of the supported formats to rar, but you’ll have to first install a registered Winrar to be able to do so.
Another advantage of using this stand-alone archive converter is that there are more formats supported here. It can convert 7-ZIP/ LZH / CAB / ZIP / ARJ / ACE / RAR / TAR / TGZ / GZ / Z / BZ2 / YZ1 / YZ2 / GCA / BEL / RPM / DEB/ BH / Noa32 / HKI / PAQAR / SQX /HA /ZOO /UHARC /LFB / ZLIB / UCL / IMP / RS / SPL / APK / Arc / DZ / MSI / ALZ / PMA / PAQ7 / CHM / UDA / PAQ8 / Cryptonite / ISO / LZOP / BMA / ZIP AES (128/192/256) / Nanozip Alpha/ XZ/ FreeArc/Zpaq/GZA to these archive formats:
ZIP, 7-ZIP, CAB, LHA, TAR, TGZ, BZ2, YZ1, BGA, RAR, ACE, NOA32, PAQAR, UHARC, YZ2, DZ, HA, XZ, FreeArc, ARJ/PAQ9/GZA
To do the conversion, load the archive into the application and then select the appropriate format for the original archive to be converted to. Click convert and all done. ArcConvert will warn you when the new archive has bigger size compared to the original one and offer to delete it, but you can keep the new archive if you insist. You can view the comparizon of size between the two archives. ArcConvert is a portable freeware that works for Windows.