Convert RAR Files to ZIP Archive in Python

File compression is a fundamental aspect of data management as it helps reduce the size of files and folders, making it easier to store and share them. While there are several compression formats available, RAR and ZIP are two of the most commonly used ones. There could be several cases when you find yourself needing to convert RAR files to ZIP format in Python. So in this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of converting RAR files to ZIP archives in a Python application following a few simple steps.

Python Library to Convert RAR to ZIP

Aspose.ZIP for Python is a powerful and versatile library that allows developers to work with various compression formats, including ZIP, RAR, 7z, and more, using Python. It provides a user-friendly API that simplifies file compression and decompression tasks, making it an excellent choice for working with archives in your Python applications. We will use this library for RAR to ZIP conversion.

You can download the library or install it from PyPI.

> pip install aspose-zip

Convert a RAR File to ZIP in Python

RAR to ZIP conversion using Aspose.ZIP for Python is not a complex task. Simply open the RAR file, access each entry in RAR and add it to the ZIP archive, and finally save the ZIP archive to your desired location. Let’s have a look at the RAR to ZIP conversion steps in more detail.

  1. First, create an instance of Archive class for ZIP archive.
  2. Then, load the RAR archive using RarArchive class.
  3. After that, loop through the entries of the RAR archive using RarArchive.entries collection.
  4. For each entry in RAR, perform the following steps:
    • Extract the entry to BytesIO object using RarArchive.entries[index].extract() method.
    • Add the extracted entry to the ZIP archive using Archive.create_entry(string, BytesIO) method.
  5. Finally, save the ZIP archive using method.

The following code sample shows how to convert a RAR file to ZIP in Python.

Python ZIP Library - Get a Free License

You can convert RAR to ZIP in Python without evaluation limitations by getting a free temporary license.

Learning Resources

Learn more about our Python ZIP library using the resources given below:

Online Archiving Tools

You can also get our free online tools to work with archives. These tools are powered by Aspose.ZIP for Python.


Aspose.ZIP for Python simplifies the process of converting RAR files to ZIP format in Python, making it a valuable tool for developers who need to work with different compression formats. In this blog post, we covered the basic steps required to perform RAR to ZIP conversion. By following these steps, you can seamlessly convert RAR files to ZIP in your Python applications and streamline your file management tasks.

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