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You’ve probably heard of ZIP files, and may have heard of TAR files, but RAR files are another compression technique with added benefits that you can use to send your files over the Internet or store on a disc. The advantages of RAR over ZIP is that RAR files can store the full file permissions, can be split into multiple files for easier transmission or storage, and have improved error handling and data redundancy in case your RAR file arrives broken due to transmission errors or bad sectors. Many users don’t know how to deal with RAR files, however, so we’ll show you how to extract their contents in this Terminal 101.