I added a torrent for download about a month ago which is in .rar format. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to proceed any further than 91.01% due to unavailability of seeders.

Whenever I try to open or extract the torrent I get the following error:

An error occurred while loading the archive.

Command Line output:

??? - the file header is corrupt.

I am using archive manager to extract the file. Is there any possibility of extracting the file using any method?

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    If a compressed file is not complete, nothing can be done.... especially .rar's
    – Braiam
    Jul 25 '13 at 13:38

First, if the header is corrupted or the header is password protected and you don't know the password, the program has no information about the content of the archive and is therefore unable to extract files.

Extracting with unrar and the keep broken extracted files option sometimes works, but it depends on the archive contents.

unrar x -kb example.rar

Advice for sharing files: Avoid zipping, nested zipping, splitting, remuxing, etcetera.


If the incomplete rar archive is part of a series of multiple archives belonging to the same group it is possible to extract the individual parts, but only starting with the first archive until a missing archive is not found, and then the remainder of the extraction will not be successful. The extracted parts will be located in a hidden folder. Press the keyboard combination Ctrl+H or select View -> Show Hidden Files in Files file browser to show that hidden folder.

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