How to Open Password Protected RAR File

author_icon Adams Johnson time_icon Last updated: Mar 27, 2020 10:44 am tips_icon RAR

Have you downloaded a RAR file online and found it password protected, but you do not know what the password might be. Or you have compressed a RAR file and add a password to it, but after several years, you attempt to open it and you forgot the password? Well, that should not worry you since we have described 4 ways about how to open password protected RAR file efficiently. Let's get going.

Part 1:Open Password Protected with WinRAR

When you know the password of RAR file, it is always easily and you just need a RAR application that can open encryted RAR file on your computer. One of the popular tools to open password protected files is WinRAR although we have others like WinZIP, 7ZIP among others.

For this case, we will show you how to open password protected RAR file using WinRAR.

To get started, download the WinRAR application on your computer, install it and then open it ready for use.

Step 1. Next, locate the password protected RAR file on your computer and open with WinRAR application. From there, click "Extract To" and begin extracting the files in RAR folder.

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Step 2. The program will then prompt you to enter the password of the protected file. Enter the password and then click on "OK" button.


Step 4. After that, you will now be able to extract your RAR files. Right-click on the file and choose the location that you want to extract the files to name it or rename it.

It is that simple to open a password protected RAR file when you know its password using WinRAR application.

Part 2: Open Password Protected RAR Online

Now, if you want an online solution on how to open password protected RAR file you will have to use LostMyPass platform. This online platform allows you to open password protected RAR files easily as guided in the steps below.

Step 1. Visit LostMyPass website, go to files types and select say WinRAR type. From there, you need to accept the website terms and conditions.

Step 2. After that, you will a new interface. Hover the cursor to "Click Here" and upload the password protected RAR file from your computer. Remember this platform only accepts files that are less than 100MBs.


Step 3. Once you have uploaded the file, the program will then begin to recover the password and it will display on the screen.

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LostMyPass free version is ideal only if you want to recover weak password, otherwise, you will have to subscribe for a premium version so as to recover strong RAR password. And it doesn't support to recover password for large files, the maximum upload file size is 100MB.

Part 3: Open Password Protected RAR with Notepad

If you fail to unlock an encrypted RAR file online, you can also use Notepad application on your computer. It may sound as a surprise and you are wondering how to do it. With a change of few commands, you will be able to get access to the encrypted RAR file with Notepad as guided below.

Step 1. On your computer, go to the path that has the password protected RAR file that you want to open. On locating it, right-click on the file and click on "Open With" and choose "Notepad" application.

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Step 2. The password protected RAR file will then open in Notepad. From there, head to menu tab and click on "Edit" button. Under the "Edit" menu click on "Replace" button.

replace all

Step 3. Next, a Find and Replace window will appear on the screen. Enter 5^3tà' and Replace it with Ûtà. Also, replace ‘IžCO with IžCO.

Step 4. From there save the RAR file. Now, when you open that RAR file again, the password will have been removed. You can go ahead and extract the files.


This method will take a very long time to recover the password for encrypted RAR file, and the success rate is pretty low. Also, it only works for numeric passwords.

Part 4: Open Password Protected RAR Using Passper for RAR

The last and the best method to open a password protected RAR file is using Passper for RAR software. This tool is solely designed to recovers protection passwords or unlocks encrypted RAR archives created with all versions of popular archivers. This RAR password unlocker uses 4 powerful recovery modes which makes it the success rate is much higher than any other RAR recovery tools. If you have clue about the password, then the RAR file can be unlocked in minutes. If you know nothingabout it, this tool is also helpful to guess the correct password for you. Most importantly, this tool is developed by iMyFone, which is widely trusted by, macworld,,.etc.

Without further ado, let us now look at how it works:

First of all, please download, install Passper for RAR on your PC.

Free Download for Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

Step 1:After installing Passper for RAR, open it on your computer and select a file by clicking on the Add button on the screen.

Step 2: From there, choose the recovery method from the 4 options. After selecting the recovery method click on "Recover" button.


If you know something about the password, just select Mask Attack and enter some frequently used info to narrow down the result and speed up the recovery. If not, simply goes the Brute Force Attack to guess all possible passwords.

The program will then begin to recover the RAR password and display it on the screen. The password strength determines the time the program will take to retrieve the RAR password.

recovered successfully

From there, you can now copy the restored RAR password and use it to open the RAR files on RAR file.

Below is the video guide about how to use Passper for RAR, just check it out.


You have now learnt how to open RAR file when you know password using WinRAR and when you have forgotten the password. When you open password protected RAR file online you face some limitations, while with Notepad it tends to be slow and the success rate is pretty low. Therefore, the best choice to open password protected file is using Passper RAR Password Recovery Tool. It can recover password to RAR files without any data loss effectively. Download it now and enjoy handling the RAR files with ease.


By Adams Johnson to RAR

Posted on Aug 26, 2019 ( Updated: Mar 27, 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.