5 Free Tools To Extract Multiple RAR/ZIP Archives
Scenario : You download a lot of files via torrent, many a times, the files are broken down into umpteen RAR files like .r00,.r01…rinfinity.
Solution : The trouble is not the downloading but rather the extraction. Upon completion of download, we have to manually extract the files, which can be time consuming and very tedious.
Here, I’m going to provide you with a list of some of the tools(of course Freeware!!! 🙂 ) that i’ve used to make extracting multiple archives much easier and less of a headache. The list follows :
1. Unpacker (Current version is: v1.5.0 build: 1909)
Developed by Lars Werner, This is a fully automated extracting tool. This is not a WinRAR or WinZIP replacement but quite a useful util when you want to extract large quantum of archives. The program makes a queue of every rar added to the list and extract them one by one. This way you can peacefully play your games (or sleep) while extracting. It also have optional functions to cleanup (removing archives after extract). You should try it, it is free and you’ll get a notice when a program update is available, that way you’ll always have the latest version. Other functions like minimize to tray, thread priority etc. are also available.
2. RARZombie (Current Version: v0.9t)
RARZombie is a Java based app that also allows easy extraction of multiple archives. RARZombie is an automatic mass unrar / auto unrar program.
It can unrar a (virtually) unlimited number of archives automatically in sequence from folders of your choosing. The plus point of the program is that it can monitor folders of your choosing for new archives and extract them as they become available.
Do note : You will need Java 1.6+ installed to use RARZombie. As this version is currently in beta, and quotheth the author RARZombie is a work-in-progress and is provided without a manual, warranty, or guarantee for support.” there are still quite some bugs that still need to be taken care of.
3. ExtractNow (Latest Version 4.62 )
ExtractNow is a lightweight app to extracting multiple archives. Currently ExtractNow supports zip (+jar,xpi), bzip2 (+bz2,tbz2,tbz), rar, arj, z, lzh (+lha), 7z, cab, nsis, lzma, lzma86, xz (+txz), ppmd, udf, xar, mub, hfs, dmg, compound (+msi,doc,xls,ppt), wim (+swm), iso, chm (+chm,chi,chq,chw,hxs,hxi,hxr,hxq,hxw,lit), split (+001), rpm, deb, cpio, tar, gzip (+gz,gzip,tgz,tpz), mslz, flv, swf, ntfs (+ntfs,img), fat (+fat,img), mbr, vhd, pe, elf, apm, macho, ace, sit…..(Phew….thats a long list) archive formats, which i’m sure is much more than the rest.
In terms of ease of use, this app beats em all. Users need only to drop the target folder into the window, and it will detect the archives available. If the archive is password-protected, the user will be prompted with a window for the password. It is able to integrate into Windows shell context menu and also associate known file types.
4. The Scene Release Unpacker ( Latest Version : 0.9.4.3 )
The Scene Release Unpacker is a more advanced tool compared to the rest. SCRU is an advanced unpacker designed to unpack so called “Scene-releases”. It offers automatic unpacking when a torrent is complete, to custom locations or by profile e.g. Lost to “C”\Lost\”, Post processing of files/folders to e.g. copy subs or run a custom external program or script after extraction. It can also add itself to the context menu.
It also requires NET Framework 2.0 or higher, which may be a drawback for some.
Scene Unpackeris somewhat similar to ExtractNow. You just have to drag & drop the folder into the window, and it’ll detect the archives available. The only difference is Scene Unpacker (220.127.116.11) is portable, meaning you can carry it anywhere on your USB thumbdrive. This tool tries to ease the process of unpacking these scene releases. Instead of focusing on RAR-files, the tool takes as input a directory, which is scanned for archives. A destination folder tells you where to to unpack. Top directories are created as needed. Extra material, for example, NFOs are copied automatically.
Scene Unpacker (18.104.22.168) also requires NET Framework to run.
Hope this comprehensive list is more than enough to get you through. Know of other tools, let me know in the comments.