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For serious downloaders especially those that are frequent users of services such as Usenet or bittorrent, it’s pretty common that you encounter archives that come in multiple parts. One of the many “scene” rules in the world of online file sharing is that files must be archived in a certain way and each file should be a certain size, such as a 4GB movie coming in loads of different files because that’s how they were originally compressed by the creator.

It’s sometimes the case that uploaders often take the original archive files and compress them again perhaps into larger chunks. Also a lot of websites will encrypt the archive with a password so that people would know where the uploaded files came from. Or it can be an identifier to the source when another site leeches the download link. Of course, most archiving tools such as 7-Zip or WinRAR etc can handle this task, but if you have several files to unpack and some don’t have passwords, some have one password and others have different passwords it can become quite tedious.

Here we have 7 free tools that can auto extract multiple archive files, even if they are all protected by different passwords. You supply all the required passwords to the program and it will do the rest.

1. Unpack Monitor

As the name suggests, Unpack Monitor is a tool that watches specified folders, and auto extracts any archives that appear in them to the chosen location. The program also has some quite advanced features such as uploading unpacked files to FTP, advanced filtering to send different file names to specific locations and launching a separate program after extraction. Unpack Monitor recognizes 7z, Rar, Zip, ISO, Tar and GZip archives and also HJ Split files.

To start monitoring just click the “Add Directory” button and select the options for that folder such as monitor time interval, what to do with the archive files once they’ve been unpacked, copy/move video files and a useful option of checking and extracting files that have been compressed and then compressed again. You can supply a text file password list via Options and the program will also look inside the monitored folder to see if there is a text file with the correct password. Works on windows XP and above.

2. JDownloader

If you’re looking for a program that can download files as well as extract them afterwards, then JDownloader is a good one-click file hosting download tool that is able to handle extracting multiple Rar archive files when they’ve finished downloading. JDownloader runs on Java and is cross platform so there are versions for Linux and Mac. This requires you have the Java Runtime Environment installed though which has had a few security issues of late.

Unfortunately the components that configure how the JD Unrar add-on works are a bit spread around the program. To simply use the unrar tool without changing settings you can go to the Addons menu -> JD Unrar -> Extract Archive(s) and select the first in a multipart archive or single file. Go to Addons -> Addon Manager -> JD Unrar to configure extraction paths, whether to ask if a password isn’t found, and what to do with the Rar files. For setting a list of passwords click on the Settings tab -> Passwords & Logins -> Unrar/Extract and type or paste in the text.

JDownloader only handles Rar files and being a Java built application means memory usage is quite high, well over 100MB while sitting there doing nothing. Also watch for the adware during install, a full offline installer is available in addition to the web installer. There are other similar download tools that can auto extract files once they have downloaded, such as Mipony, Load!, FreeRapid Downloader and ochDownloader.

3. ExtractNow

ExtractNow is a lightweight and easy to use utility that has some useful advantages over some other tools that do a similar job. One of which is it can handle extracting just about any common type of archive file and currently supports over 40 archive types including zip, jar, bzip2, rar, arj, lzh, 7z, cab, nsis, lzma, dmg, wim, iso, chm, split files, rpm, tar, gzip, flv, swf, ntfs, fat, mbr, vhd, pe, elf, apm, ace and sit.

Users need only to drop the target files onto the window, and it will detect the archives, or alternatively right click on the window and add the files or a whole folder. There’s are host of options so you can set things up the way you want such as default or custom extraction paths with macro support, extracting archives within archives, multiple options about what to do with the archives when the files are unpacked, Explorer context menu and file association integration, drag and drop exclusion masks, run external commands, monitor folders for auto extraction and file mask exclusions so you can choose not to unpack any useless files that are inside the archive.

The password option allows you to browse for a text file containing the passwords and prompt if the password isn’t found. It assumes there is only 1 password per archive which speeds up checking, this can be turned off if you know the archive set has more than 1 password. ExtractNow works on Windows 95 and above but watch out for the adware on install.

4. Unrar Extract and Recover

Unrar Extract and Recover can handle password protected, multi-part and encrypted archives without any trouble. Although the user interface is simple and easy to use, it is a bit hard on the eyes with a grey background. You will need to specify the input directory of where the Rar files are located and then the output directory of where you want the files to be extracted. This program only decompresses Rar files.

A useful option is “Map directory to archive name” where it will auto create a new folder with the same name as the archive, and a Test Mode is available if you just want to run through the process. The main window provides no real detail about the unpacking and you should check the black console window which shows the failed or successfully extracted statistics. To specify a password, you have to manually edit the password_file.txt file located in the C:Program FilesUnrar Extract and Recover 4.5bin folder and enter 1 password per line. Although the program is absolutely clean, there does seem to be a few possible security issues with the main website, the link below is to download from Softpedia.

5. UnRarIt.Net

UnRarIt.Net is an easy to use tool that can extract Rar, Zip and 7-Zip archives including single or mutlipart archives. It can also handle those annoying nested files you download where they are compressed and then compressed again so you would normally have to extract them twice. UnRarIt.Net can also take advantage of multicore CPU’s and you can set the number of threads to use in the Preferences.

Files are added by dragging and dropping onto the window and if you want to add in a couple of passwords simply press the Add Password button and type them in. If you have a larger text file list available, press the Import button to add them in, the program is smart enough to check the recently used or manually entered passwords first. The file can be exported if required. A slight drawback is the program only extracts to one destination folder at once although it can auto create directories for larger batches of files. Works on Windows XP and above and requires .NET version 4.

6. RarZilla

There aren’t too many functions to configure in RarZilla which makes it quite easy to operate. One drawback is it only handles Rar files but they can be either single or multi-part archives. The installed version also takes over the .Rar file type so RarZilla runs when you double click the file and adds an “Extract!” entry in the right click menu. Not problems in themselves, but some users might like to keep the default Rar file association setup with their archiving program.

Files can be extracted a few ways; drag and drop onto the RarZilla window, browse for the files, choose Extract! from the context menu or double click, the portable version allows you to drop files onto the RarZilla executable. There are handy options for dealing with password protected archives, you can supply a default single password, use a list from a text file and also try to use the archive file name as the password. For automatic operation turn off the wizard option in the Interface tab.

The portable version is preferable as it doesn’t offer a toolbar on install. It works on Windows XP or above and the author has another tool called Free RAR Extract Frog which essentially the same program but has a skinnable interface.

7. ExtractItAll

ExtractItAll is a rather basic tool with not too many features, but it does have a nice little advantage over some other tools. That is, in addition to any passwords you add into the password manager, the program already has around 1600 passwords in the text file from various websites and common online passwords. This makes ExtractItAll a ready made basic archive password cracker as it might contain the password you can’t remember after downloading files from well known torrent sites or forums etc.

Besides the password function, ExtractItAll can extract 7-Zip, Zip and single or multi part Rar archives and send the extracted files to their own individual folders or a single fixed directory. Files are added via dragging and dropping onto the window. It’s worth having a quick look at the password.txt file to see if there is anything you’re sure you will never need because the program does take a few minutes to make its way through the list for each password protected file. ExtractItAll is portable and requires the .NET Framework 3.5.

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Do any of these run silently in the background, or do they all need to have a program window open to run?


UnPacker 1.5.0 build: 1909 by Lars Werner is the best. It can unpack unlimited number of archives neatly down to the core.


‘unrar with password list’ Google query brought me here! Great site and a fantastic idea to include WOT reputation and VirusTotal scan results for the external links. Ever since the introduction of Netflix my downloading days are in essence over but I still have some old archives lying around that apparently were not extracted by JDownloader (the only tool I knew and used from your list) back in the day. From the above selection I have chosen ‘ExtractItAll’ and added my own collection of sixty+ passwords that I used in JDownloader to its native password file. It did manage to find the proper password (apparently one belonging to my own sixty+ passwords maybe it wasn’t a JDownloader batch) and extracted a 300 part 30 Gb archive without problems. For now I can afford to stick to this ‘rather basic tool with not too many features’ because it is the perfect tool for me to round up the few dozen archives that I still want unpacked. Thanks again for this carefully selected array of unrar tools in conjunction with your clear and factual descriptions of these tools which made choosing the right one for me very easy!

Wira2 years ago

i try ExtractItAll. but this apps only use 1 password from my password list .txt
i need to extract multiple archive with different passoword


which of these programs can scan a whole drive and extract all rar files to the source folder, that is, not a single output folder


Also wondering if there is a program that does this. Extract Now used to be able to do it but is broken.


Thank you for providing this list. I had previously used Extract Now until I found a bug that will probably never get fixed since it appears the author has abandoned it. The Date and Time Stamps on files inside RAR archives are decremented by 1 month and some odd amount of hours. You should update your article to note if keeping the original date and time are important to not use this program.

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narencz7 years ago

Any tool to extract particular files from multiple archives and delete the same files inside archives and repack in batch mode?


That’s a pretty specific set of commands there, you may have to look at creating a macro for something like that.


This is exactly what i need to do. I would be willing to pay. ;)


we call it bash

read the directory for zip files
{search for filenames in the zips using readline and grep
use readline to read the filenames in the zip
grep for files with the updated name
for each file with updated name
extract the file
overwrite the updated file

there is no need for for/next/if/else – readline and grep have these functions built in their operation

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Steve10 years ago

Thank you, “extract now” did just what i needed… multiple tar files in win 7.


Ray, thanks you very much….


Thanks mate!


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I’m writing this mostly as a means to relay, to those interested, my recommended way of managing passwords across computers using a password manager. I tell many about my methods but writing this gives a way to articulate all the moving parts in an easily digestible and easy to reference format. I touch on a few topics here. What makes up a solid password? Can we every be truly safe from password attacks? What is 2 Factor Authentication? What is a password manager and how do I use it? Where can I go to get truly safe random passwords?

Oh wait before I forget. I feel obligated to first issue a little disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies whose tools I am using. I am not getting paid to write this. It is also worth noting that there will always be implementation layer flaws so in no way am I claiming that anyone will ever be 100% safe by using these methods. However, we can get to a place where having someone break into and take over your online account is nearly impossible.


Let’s start from the ground up and talk about passwords in general. Let’s talk about your passwords. You’re probably using the same password across multiple services and websites (oh my please do not do this). Or you’re using a word that is familiar and memorable. Or you’re adding the same numbers at the end of your passwords like a commemorative year or date, or maybe adding a symbol or two in an attempt to be clever. You may be using pass phrases instead of a password in an attempt to make your password longer. (hey kudos for trying). But these common password practices are generally considered insecure to varying degrees and could leave you exposed to risk. Researchers have been continually reviewing billions of leaked passwords and extracting trends from this leaked data. Malicious actors leverage these trends to acquire useful information. This results in breaking into accounts becoming mathematically easier. The battle between those who are attempting to gain access to accounts and those securing those accounts will wage on forever.

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So what can we do? Is there a 100% safe solution? Well, no, not in mathematical terms. You can always guess an account password if given enough time. But realistically, yes, because we’ve been able to make that period of time insanely long. Long enough where it is infeasible to do so by a human both because of the associated time constraint (the earth will be gone) and the cost (it costs more to crack the password than what you gain from it).

The method I use to protect my online identities may seem a little convoluted at first. But it’s not as complicated as it seems. Initially setting yourself up can be time consuming as you’ll be going through all of your accounts but once you clear this stage you’ll be sitting pretty and more secure than ever.

But first. I want to talk about a security measure that you should first employ before you begin touching your passwords.

2 Factor Authentication (2FA)

2 Factor Authentication (or multi factor authentication, MFA) is a simple way to protect your accounts. 2FA adds a second layer of security by requiring you to enter a one time generated passcode at the time you are accessing your account. This passcode is commonly sent to you as a text message or email but other ways to get those passcode are also available. These include using a smartphone app or your password manager. Even with your password an attacker cannot access your account without this passcode. I recommend you use 2 factor authentication on all services that support it. For more details on 2FA in general check out this in depth NIST article about it: Back to basics: Multi-factor authentication (MFA). Exact methods for enabling 2FA will vary across your accounts, so look at the documentation provided for the specific account you are turning 2FA on for.

SETUP 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATION NOW. I am not kidding. This is the most effective way to prevent any online account from being stolen from you. If you don’t do anything else I talk about here that’s fine. BUT PLEASE DO THIS. Please enable 2 factor authentication on the online accounts that support it.

Password Math

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Alright so this section’s heading has the word “math” in it. But don’t get scared! We’re not doing any calculus or playing with finite fields. We should, however, touch on compute power and how it relates to some statistics. There are many scenarios where “hackers” will employ software to crack your password. Some software is as simple as brute forcing the login page of a website. Others involve running some code to iterate through passwords on stolen password hashes until they get a password match. With computational power doing nothing but getting more efficient and faster the time it takes to perform these tasks decreases. This is especially worrisome for those using pass phrases. Attacks use a list of what’s called dictionary words against a hash or login until success is met. Adding numbers or symbols, or even the substitution of them, is easily programmed into password cracking software. If this is the case, then we’ll want to reduce an attacker’s efficiency to a point where their attempts will be futile. To do that we’ll need a mathematically sound password. A password of this sort is constructed of random characters whose length is the longest size allowed. For software to iterate through all combinations of random letters, numbers, and symbols the process becomes more costly and thus less timely the longer password you use. As you add characters to a password the cracking difficulty increases exponentially.

Let’s look at an example. Let’s say we are using all 95 printable (not control characters, you comp science nerd, you) ascii (pronounced as-kee) characters. This includes all letters, both upper and lower case, numbers, and symbols. Let’s say your password is one character long. This means we are looking at 95 different possible passwords. Right? Right. So let’s add a second character. Does this mean we have 95×2 possible passwords now? Nope. It means we have 95×95 possible combinations: 9025. Adding a third character cubes 95 (95x95x95) bringing the total passwords of length 3 up to 857375 possibilities. This gets large quickly, which is good. This is what we want. We want completely random passwords with as many characters as allowed. 12, 16, 32, 64 characters? Bring it. Amazon allows for up to 128 character passwords. I’ll let you calculate what 95^128 is!

I’m Not Memorizing That

Alright so now we know a few things. We know that large and random passwords are the safest, but we also know that memorizing these things are virtually impossible. No doubt. Also note that writing these down is counter productive. I’m not going into why that post-it note on your computer with your password written on it violates corporate policy. It is also unreasonable to write down and then enter a 60 character password every time you need it. So what do you do? Alas! Tools exist that facilitate the storage of crazy passwords. They also allow you to easily copy them to your clipboard for easy copy/pasting. What is this sorcery? Enter the password manager. A password manager is an application that runs on your computer that stores an encrypted vault of some sort. This vault is stored on their company servers and your password manager accesses it when needed. Within this vault are your usernames, login emails, passwords, notes you may wish to secure, credit card info, whatever you wish to store. Most allow you to throw whatever sensitive info you may wish into them.

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The really neat thing about password managers is their web browser extensions. They will open the webpage of the site you wish to log into, paste the username and password into their respective fields, then log you into the site. All automatically. This makes using crazy long and random passwords easy. Pretty sweet. This also offers the benefit of tipping you to fake web pages. Malicious websites exist that appear to be the login page of a service you use, but in fact aren’t. These pages capture your login credentials when you enter them and voila they have access to your account because you literally just gave then your credentials. A password manager, if you were to attempt to pre-populate your credentials on it, would not work on a fake site. While you may miss the zero in or gloss over a password manager will not, and will not enter your credentials into the bad site.

My Password Manager of Choice

I condone the use of 1Password by AgileBits. I appreciate their sales model (I pay for a yearly family subscription) as well as the fact that their vault is pretty secure. I don’t mind paying for software that is under continuing development. Elcomsoft did a review on password managers and although they initially stated 1Password was of average strength further review indicated it was the strongest. You can read their follow up here: Attacking the 1Password Master Password Follow-Up.

1Password is very, very useful although I am personally a little sketched out by one aspect of it. Your password vault by default is stored on their servers. With this comes its own risk as their servers are an attack surface. I don’t utilize this and have my vault setup locally on each of my computers and smartphone. This vault syncs across devices using a 2FA protected DropBox account. 1Password can store the vault for you on their servers but this makes me a bit uneasy. The benefit of them storing your vault for you is that multiple users can share vaults (sharing what to whom is at your discretion) allowing access to the same passwords from any designated account. You also get some admin functionality like being able to recover and unlock fellow 1Password accounts. It’s not that I don’t trust them, it’s that they are and will always be a juicy attack surface. Is it safe for you? Yes of course. It is perfectly acceptable. But I enjoy that extra control.

With that said you are perfectly fine not setting things up using DropBox. Using the default vault in the app on your computers, your smartphone, other mobile devices, etc. after you install 1Password is safe enough for anyone.

I mentioned above that I store my 1Password vault locally in DropBox. I can access Dropbox from whichever devices I choose, and thus, my vault is accessible across my computers, both Windows and Mac. I have 1Password and Dropbox on my iOS devices as well. 2 factor authentication adds a layer of security to my DropBox account as well.

Again, if you do not wish to go this far you can still sync across devices using a 1Password hosted vault. Once signed into 1Password your online vaults will be made available to you.

In the above screenshot of 1Password’s “Vaults” preferences you can see how the upper, indented section shows my shared vaults (hosted online). “Personal” refers to my online vault that only I can see. The 2 “Shared” vaults are ones others in my accounts can also access. My “Primary” vault is the one synced using Dropbox.

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We know that simply using a super long and random password is secure but where can you generate these random passwords safely? I use Steve Gibson’s Perfect Passwords page to generate random passwords securely. Steve was clever when creating this page. The page is delivered over a secure connection so no one can snoop on it. In addition the web page’s expire tag is set to a date in 1999. The passwords page, which was generated for you and only you, is ignored by search engines and is not cached by things like the Wayback machine. Steve’s generator also doesn’t generate the same password twice. Math is cool. Pretty nifty. Bookmark it. Use it.

Password Manager Migration Quick Checklist

Ok so now that you have your password manager installed we can go ahead and get your accounts setup one by one. The order of events for say your social media account should looks something like this:

  1. Sign into your social media account.
  2. Navigate to your account settings to the change your password screen.
  3. Generate a new secure password using the tool of your choice (GRC!).
  4. Verify the length limit for your new password. Most sites are nice and tell you but you may need to enter one to generate an error telling you about the length limit.
  5. If you need to shorten the password paste it into Word or Notepad and do so, then copy it again before pasting.
  6. When you change your password your password manager may ask you if you wish to save the password. We’ll decline just this time.
  7. Once the password is changed, log out.
  8. Log back into your account using your new password.
  9. Your password manager will ask you if you wish to save your password. Do so and your password will be stored.
  10. If your account supports 2FA:
    • Browse to your account settings to the 2FA section.
    • Enable 2 Factor Authentication.
    • When the QR code appears use your password manager to save it if supported (you’ll have to read up on your password manager’s documentation on this for details).
    • Alternatively you can use an authenticator app, such as Google Authenticator on your mobile device, to scan the QR code.
    • Follow the instructions to finish setting up 2FA.
  11. Repeat for all accounts.

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