openSUSE 12.2: Support for RAR files

In openSUSE no tool is included for compress / decompress RAR files for obvious reasons, however adding support for this type of files in the chameleon distro is pretty straightforward. You only need to install two packages, one available from the official Non-Oss repository and one from the Packman repository.

Let’s start then with the simplest: install the tool that will allow us to decompress RAR files (unrar) From the Non-Bone repository. That’s why we enter in a console as administrators (

su -


zypper in unrar

The installation will be performed. The next step is to install the RAR itself to be able to create files with this type of compression; in this case we will need to add the Packman repositories, This is done with the command:

zypper ar -f packman

To customize the repository installation we can review the entry on how to add repositories in openSUSE.

The last step is to install RAR:

zypper in rar

Once the installation is complete we can compress and decompress RAR files, a very popular compression format today, although there are much better and completely free alternatives.

More information – Adding repositories in openSUSE, openSUSE 12.2 with KDE completely in Spanish, openSUSE: Adding our user to the ‘vboxusers’ group

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