Windows 11 Finally Gets Native Support for RAR and ZIP Files

Windows 11 to get native support for RAR and ZIP files in an update coming soon, officially announced by Microsoft

In an upcoming update for Windows 11, Microsoft has excitingly announced that several popular archive formats including tar, 7-zip, rar, gz, and other archive formats will be supported natively and users will no longer need to install third-party apps to access these files.

We have added native support for additional archive formats, including tar, 7-zip, rar, gz and many others using the libarchive open-source project. You now can get improved performance of archive functionality during compression on Windows, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

This enhancement aims to provide a more efficient and optimized experience for users working with archive files on Windows.

With native support for RAR and other archive formats, Windows 11 aims to streamline the user experience by eliminating the need for additional software installations. In previous iterations of Windows, users often resorted to third-party applications like WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract files from RAR archives or compress files into the format. However, the forthcoming Windows 11 will provide a built-in solution, allowing users to manage these formats seamlessly.

The users will be able to effortlessly open and extract files from RAR archives by simply double-clicking or right click on them, much like opening any other file or folder in Windows.


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