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How to add rar support on Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10

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You can found many rar files on net: music, subtitles, pdf books, tutorials and when you try to unrar it in Ubuntu an error is occurred – the file is not supported. How to fix that?

Because of the native rar copyright protection, there is no rar support in Ubuntu installation. So the native archive manager doesn't came with rar support. But there is a simplest solution to get things done. Start your teminal on Applications/Accessories/Terminal, then enter or copy and paste the next line by line:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rar unrar
That's it. Now you can use rar files in your native gnome arhive manager. Enjoy.

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qwertio said...

after "sudo apt-get update" i type "sudo apt-get install rar unrar" and i get "E: Couldn't find package rar". btw im using live cd. my ubuntu os got corrupted after i typed "sudo apt-get install unrar". but i think it is because of Vuze(?). not sure.. i hope somebody could help..

Viktor Ustijanoski said...

You must first install Ubuntu on your hard disk, then try to install rar support with this tutorial and everything will be fine.

Viktor Ustijanoski

Anonymous said...

@qwertio, this is because rar and unrar are part of the Multiverse repository. Enable this through Administration -> Software Sources, check the copyright software (multiverse) option, update and try again.