How to Open Password Protected RAR File without Software

author_icon Adams Johnson time_icon Last updated: Apr 01, 2020 11:26 am tips_icon RAR

When you happen to forget passwords for RAR files, it turns out to be a headache. You have to decrypt the file to access your data. There are different ways of recovering the password without much struggle. In this article, we will go through 4 most workable ones aiming to open password protected RAR file without software, let's check them out!

Part 1: How to Open Password Protected RAR File without Software - 4 Ways

When searching online, you will find so many methods which claim to unlock password protected RAR file. If you prefer to open the password protected RAR file without using software, please read through this section and you will learn 4 free methods to achieve it.

Method 1. Guess RAR Password with Your Frequently-used Ones

The most commonly used method is guessing and has no planned procedure to follow. Guessing a password fully relies on the password creator since it's only them that have the ability to know which passwords they commonly use. Try using passwords that you can remember or have used before considering the tips that you used to set your passwords.

For example, you can use your birth date and first name initials or full name to set a password. That way you will be able to make guesses and probably can make the right guess.

Method 2. Recover RAR Password Online

If you have tried guessing password and it failed, you can opt for using online RAR password unlocker such as LostMyPass. This online unlocker allows you to recover weak passwords of files that are less than 100MB. Therefore, if your RAR file is small and your password is something simple, LostMyPass is worth trying. Below is a guide on how to open a password protected RAR file without software by using LostMyPass.

    Step 1: Visit LostMyPass and upload your files to the website by either dropping files to the page or clicking the page to open folders.

    Step 2: Once finish uploading, it will start password recovery.

lostmypass upload file

After a short while of waiting, the password will be successfully recovered and displayed on the screen of the online recovery program.

Although this way seems pretty easy to use, password can hardly be recovered with a free check, you have to upgrade to the paid "strong password recovery" with $29. Also, there are several safety issues arising with this way. The biggest issue is the data security. You are required to upload your file over the Internet to their servers when you unlock RAR online, this will puts your data at risk of being leaked out and hacked.

Method 3. Unlock WinRAR Archive Password with Notepad

Using Notepad is another method to open password protected RAR file without software. Using Notepad is a method which has already been tested and approved by many users is workable in some cases. Just follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Start by opening your locked RAR file using Notepad application.

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    Step 2: After that press CTRL+F and input Ûtà to search of which you will replace with 5³tà'. Next, search for'IžC0 and replace it with IžC_0.


    Step 3: When done, save the file with the changes made. Now you may proceed to open your RAR file with your usual application and it will not ask for a password.

Method 4. Open Password Protected RAR File with CMD

Using CMD to crack RAR file password is another free solution to open password protected RAR file. You just need to type in several command lines and create a batch script.

Now check the following steps:

    Step 1: Open your Notepad. Enter the code for batch script. You can easily find the code on Internet.

create batch script

    Step 2: Save the file as "Cracker.bat". Please make sure the file extension is .bat.

cracker bat

    Step 3: After saving, locate the .bat file and open it. It will open the command prompt.

    Step 4: You need to type in the name and location of the locked RAR file. Press "Enter".

    Step 5: After some time, the password will be cracked and displayed on the screen.

Part 2. What If You Are Unable to Open Password Protected RAR File without Software

The above 4 methods may sound good to open password protected RAR file without using any software, but they are not always workable. Thus, you need to find a tool which can guarantee a high success rate. To efficiently and easily open the password protected RAR archive, I highly recommend you to try third-party software.

Passper for RAR is a reliable and easy-to-use tool to recover a forgotten RAR password without knowing the correct password. Equipped with 4 powerful attack modes, Passper for RAR ensure a high recovery rate. And with the intuitive interface, you can find back your password within 2 steps. What's more, Passper for RAR concerns your data security. You can launch and operate the software on your personal computer, therefore, there will be no data loss or data leakage.

Now follow the steps below to unlock RAR password with Passper for RAR.

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Step 1 Start by running Passper for RAR to access the window where to add files. Locate the file and click open to load the file to the program. Choose the most appropriate method for your situation among the given attack means.


Step 2 After selection click "Recover" to start the recovery process. It will take the minimum time possible considering the complexity of the password you had set. The password will be displayed on the screen once finished.



Finally, these are the proven ways to open a password protected RAR file with or without software. You can choose one method suitable for your situation. If you have any other workable methods to unlock a protected RAR archive, you are welcome to leave a comment below.


By Adams Johnson to RAR

Posted on Aug 06, 2019 ( Updated: Apr 01, 2020 )

Passper editor since 2015, has over 20 years’ professional technology support experience. He has contributed nearly 100 articles to the site on topics that ranger from password unlocking for MS office/Windows, Windows tips to network security.