How to Use Winrar to Fix Corrupted RAR and ZIP Archives

If you're having trouble extracting an archive file, the data might have been corrupted. Luckily, you may be able to restore your file with WinRAR—keep reading to learn how!


Open WinRAR tool on your system.

Go to the file location:

Click on File tab > select Open archive. Or press Ctrl + O buttons.

Archive selection:

Select the corrupted archive (RAR or ZIP) from the system directory.

The selected archive will be listed.

Now click on Tools tab > select Repair archive.

Or press Alt + R buttons.

Click on Browse button to select a location for new repaired archive.

Select any location from the system directory.

Select the Archive type:

check “Treat the corrupt archive as RAR” or “Treat the corrupt archive as ZIP”.

Within a few seconds, the selected archive will be repaired and recreated at the location you have selected earlier.


  • Most of the third-party software are available with free trial or demo version. Demo version works similar to the licensed version and helps users examine the software.
  • If corruption is severe, the archive cannot be repaired by using WinRAR. In such situation, you can try some third-party recovery software.
  • Before using any third-party software, read about it and read the reviews about the software.

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