.PAR File Extension

File Type:
Parchive Index File

Having trouble opening .par extension? Don't panic! This page explains what par files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open par files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a PAR file?

Par file extension has Parchive Index file type, developed by Parchive, which is associated with the "compressed files" category.

Index file allows saving a group of parity volumes, using a Parchive archive. It may be also used for creating backups for in case one of the files from the archive gets lost.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
Parchive Index File
Compressed Files

How to open PAR file?

Double click the par file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .par extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the par extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the par file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open PAR files

  • Windows Windows
    • parchive parchive
    • QuickPar QuickPar
  • MacOS MacOS
    • MacPAR deLuxe MacPAR deLuxe
    • UnRarX UnRarX
  • Linux Linux
    • parchive parchive
    • PyPar2 PyPar2

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the par file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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