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Play videos packed in RAR without extracting them in Linux

Posted by madhavkobal on 22/08/2009

Most DivX/XviD movies you download from Torrent sites are packed in multiple RAR archives. It takes some time for each to extract. If you don;t want to wait, you can use VLC and unrar to play the file within instantly. You won’t be able to rewind and move fast forward within the file, but you’ll be able to play it and stop the movie without actually unarchiving the video file. Here’s how:

unrar p -inul /path/to/movie_folder/ | vlc –

This will let you enjoy the video without extracting it first.


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