How To Open RAR Files On iPad (The Quick Way!)

So, you've received a RAR file on your beloved iPad but now you're scratching your head in confusion as to how to open it!

Aaah, RAR files... those mysterious, tightly compressed digital enigmas.

But fear not, iPad aficionados! Opening RAR files on your beloved device need not be a mind-boggling puzzle.

In this article, we will explore the quick and easy ways to open RAR files on iPad, allowing you to access and extract the contents of the archives with ease.

 Video Instructions

Step-by-step video instructions showing how to open RAR files on the iPad using Safari.

How To Open RAR Files in Safari

The simplest and easiest way to open RAR files on your iPad, without the need to install any additional software, is by utilizing Safari! Yes, you read that right - Safari, the trusty browser on your iPad, can come to the rescue! We'll show you how to wield Safari like a digital wizard and unlock the contents of RAR files with the help of ezyZip.
  1. Navigate to the RAR extraction page on ezyZip
    Navigate to RAR extraction page
  2. Click on 'Select rar file to open'.
    Click on 'Select rar file to open'
  3. Click on 'Choose File'. It will bring up the iPad file chooser dialog.
    Click on 'Choose file'
  4. Navigate to where your RAR file is located (e.g. Downloads) and select it.
    Select the rar file
  5. It will list the contents of the RAR archive. You now have the option to "Save" individual files or optionally "Preview" certain files inside the browser.
    Save or Preview extracted files

How to Open RAR Files with iZip

Whilst we might be a bit biased towards our own web based solutions here at ezyZip, we do recognize that it might not always be the best option. If you are dealing with RAR files frequently or with especially large files, then you're better off installing a native app. There's various options out there. We like the simplicity of iZip.
  1. Open the App Store and search for iZip. Tap on "Get" to install iZip to your iPad.
    Install iZip
  2. Open iZip and click on "Files". (Alternately try "Document Browser")
    Open Files
  3. Select the RAR file you wish to open. It will list out the contents of the RAR archive.
    Open Files
  4. Select the file you wish to extract and scroll down to the bottom and click "Unzip".
    Extract Files
  5. Save or share the extracted files.
    Save/Share Files

    Thats all there is to it!

Can I open RAR files on my iPad without installing any apps?

Certainly! You can use your browser to open and extract RAR Files.

In the section above, we have outlined step-by-step instructions on how to extract RAR files using Safari on iPad.

However, if you will be dealing with numerous RAR files or very large archives, then it makes more sense to use a native RAR extractor app.

Is it safe to use ezyZip to extract RAR files on my iPad?

Yes! All ezyZip code is run directly inside your browser. No file data leaves the browser.

You can switch off your wi-fi and it will still work.

Can I view the contents of RAR file without extracting them on my iPad?

Depends on the file type.

If it's a file type that can be opened inside a browser (e.g. images, videos, text files) then yes. A blue "Preview" button will be enabled for the types of files you can open directly in the browser.

You will be able to see the entire file list without needing to extract the contents.

Are there any limitations or file size restrictions when using ezyZip on iPad?

No, but since ezyZip is a browser based solution, everything needs to be executed in memory. This could potentially result in issues when dealing with very large files, as the browser may run out of memory, leading to performance concerns.

Can I extract password-protected RAR files using ezyZip on my iPad?

Yes. A password prompt will appear for RAR files that are encrypted with a password.

Can I do the same on my iPhone?

Sure. Check out our iPhone RAR extraction guide for step-by-step instructions.