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How to Extract Encrypted RAR File with/without Password

When I just got a RAR file from friend, and prepared to extract it to see the content in RAR archive, I found it asked for a password to extract. If I have gotten RAR password from friend, the problem would be easy. But if both of us don't know or forget encrypted RAR file password, how shoud we do? Now we can talk this problem in two situations and find solutions to extract encrypted RAR file when there is password or not.

  1. Situation 1: Extract encrypted RAR file with password
  2. Situation 2: Extract encrypted RAR file without password

Situation 1: Extract Encrypted RAR File with Password

If RAR file is encrypted by your friend, probably e/she have the archive password. You can try to ask your friend for rar file password and then use it to extract encrypted rar file with password in WinRAR etc compression software.

Step 1: When WinRAR is the only compression software on your computer, right click encrypted rar file and click Extract files. Or run WinRAR and navigate to directory where encrypted RAR file is saved. Select RAR file and click Extract to.

encrypted encrypted rar file with password

Step 2: In Extraction path and options window, set Destination path under General tab and click OK.

Step 3: Type password in Enter password box for encrypted RAR file. Click OK.

Then you can see the extracted folder in the location you choose as destionation path. You have successfully extract encrypted RAR file with WinRAR etc software.

However, there is a possibility that encrypted RAR file password forgot or lost and no password backup. While this happens unfortunately, please go on to see the situation 2 talked how to extract encrypted RAR file without password.

Situation 2: Extract Encrypted RAR File without Password

When there is no RAR password, RAR file password recovery would be required first, so we can use recovered password to extract password protected RAR archive. If you don't know which third-party tool could really help you now, just take RAR Password Genius and follow the steps below to easily and effectively recover RAR file password and extract RAR file.

Steps to extract encrypted RAR archive without password

Step 1: Get RAR Password Genius Standard or Professional edition and install it on your computer.

Step 2: Now run Standard edition and import encrypted RAR file into it with Open button.

Tip: RAR Password Genius Professional User Guide

recover encrypted rar file password

Step 3: In Type of attack drop-down list, choose one from Brute-force, Mask, Dictionary or Smart. And make password recovery type settings for what you choose.

Step 4: Click Start button to recover encrypted RAR file password.

save encrypted rar file password

Step 5: Save encrypted RAR file password in a text.

Step 6: Run WinRAR and open encrypted RAR archive in WinRAR by clicking File > Open archive.

open encrypted rar archive in winrar

Step 7: Click Extract to in toolbar and a window pops up.

extract encrypted rar file

Step 8: In Extraction path and options window, under General option, select or create a location in Destination path to save archive file you prepare to extract. Click OK and a new dialog appears and asks for RAR archive password.

choose a location for encrypted rar file after extraction

Step 9: Type encrypted RAR file password in Enter password box. Click OK and successfully extract encrypted RAR file with recovered password.

type password to extract encrypted rar file

As you see, no matter we have or no password to open RAR file, we can extract encrypted RAR file with above methods. But it is still necessary to save RAR file password in safe place, so we can use it when we need.

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