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Rar Functions


Rar is a powerful and effective archiver created by Eugene Roshal. This extension gives you possibility to read Rar archives but doesn't support writing Rar archives, because this is not supported by UnRar library and is directly prohibited by it's license.

More information about Rar and UnRar can be found at »


No external libraries are needed to build this extension.

Runtime Configuration

This extension has no configuration directives defined in php.ini.


Rar is currently available through PECL »

Also you can use the PECL installer to install the Rar extension, using the following command: pecl -v install rar.

You can always download the tar.gz package and install Rar by hand:

Example#1 Rar installation

gunzip rar-xxx.tgz tar -xvf rar-xxx.tar cd rar-xxx phpize ./configure && make && make install

Windows users can download the extension dll php_rar.dll here: »

Resource Types

There is one resource used in Rar extension: a file descriptor returned by rar_open().

Predefined Constants

RAR_HOST_MSDOS (integer)
RAR_HOST_OS2 (integer)
RAR_HOST_WIN32 (integer)
RAR_HOST_UNIX (integer)
RAR_HOST_BEOS (integer)


Example#2 Rar extension overview example


rar_open('example.rar') or die("Can't open Rar archive");

$entries rar_list($rar_file);

foreach (
$entries as $entry) {
'Filename: ' $entry->getName() . "\n";
'Packed size: ' $entry->getPackedSize() . "\n";
'Unpacked size: ' $entry->getUnpackedSize() . "\n";




This example opens a Rar file archive and extracts each entry to the specified directory.

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