How to Install rar/unrar on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial)

An updated version of this post for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) is available here.

If you’re looking to cut down on FTP transfer times of many small files, or even just try to extract and archive you’ve just used wget to grab, rar and unrar always come in handy and are included in┬ámy default install list for any server I manage.

Installing rar and unrar under Ubuntu is trivial and should take you less than 30 seconds, so let’s dive right in.

Here’s how to install rar and unrar under Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial):

Ubuntu Rar Unrar Install

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rar unrar

As unrar is included in Ubuntu’s default repositories, you should see output along the lines of the following:

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install rar unrar
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
 rar unrar
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/710 kB of archives.
After this operation, 1,967 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Selecting previously unselected package rar.
(Reading database ... 53691 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../rar_2%3a5.3.b2-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking rar (2:5.3.b2-1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package unrar.
Preparing to unpack .../unrar_1%3a5.3.2-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking unrar (1:5.3.2-1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Setting up rar (2:5.3.b2-1) ...
Setting up unrar (1:5.3.2-1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/unrar-nonfree to provide /usr/bin/unrar (unrar) in auto mode
[email protected]:~$

That’s it!

Thank you for using this tutorial to install rar and unrar on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial), be sure to checkout some of my other guides in the sidebar or suggested below.

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