Yesterday we talked  about AutoUnpack – a tool that can help you immensely when it comes to extracting multi part (split) archives. If you are too lazy to even do that, check this software out. ‘VLC UnRAR’ is a plug-in for popular VLC media player. Once installed, this cool plug-in will let you watch movies inside multi part RAR archives (without extracting them first) using VLC media player. In short, it adds capabilities of a RAR player into VLC. Apart from individual movie files, VLC UnRAR supports RAR archived DVD images as well. This plug in is free and supports multiple platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.

The plugin seems to support multiple versions of VLC media player. I tried it on VLC media player 0.9.8a and it worked well during the short time I tested it. The official page however lists some known issues and troubleshooting information – in case you run into problems check this out.

Features (quoted from developer page)

  • Completely FREE with full source code.
  • Supports multi-volume RAR archives with full support for seeking
  • Supports RAR archived DVD images!
  • No external programs or special launch scripts needed
  • Simple plugin that works with any VLC installation, no separate RAR player needed
  • Platform-independent, binaries available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD
  • No pre-extraction of files, data is read directly from inside the archive when requested

Download & Walkthrough

[Click Here] to download VLC UnRAR Plugin 2009 03 07 – Direct Download

[Click Here] to download the latest version of VLC Media player

[Click Here] for a short installation guide on how to set up the plugin


Thanks to our reader ‘Me’ for mentioning this tool in the previous article.


  1. Allam // 5/25/2009 04:11:00 AM  

    Amazing, but id stick to the manual unrar. since this may seem to extract maybe to a temp folder, and who knows maybe not delete it sometimes ?

  2. Me // 5/25/2009 05:12:00 AM  


    There is a program called CCleaner that will delete all of that stuff. (temp files, history, log files, etc.)

    I have mine set up to run every 2 hours so space is always being freed up.

  3. // 5/26/2009 02:39:00 AM  

    mac version?

  4. PacoBell // 5/26/2009 10:22:00 PM  

    @Té: The mac version's in the aforementioned link. The problem is it doesn't seem to want to work for me for either the latest VLC 0.9.9a or the tested 0.9.8a. I even tried that plugin cache clearing trick the site suggested and still no joy. What am I doing wrong o_O?

  5. Alex // 7/28/2010 02:31:00 PM  
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  6. Alex // 9/02/2010 01:34:00 AM  

    I have many rar files on my PC. And once some of them were crashed on unknown reason. For luck I observed an interesting software, which solved out my trouble and perhaps it has many features for solving other compound problem - rar fix.

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