What is a .RPM File And How To Open It – Red Hat (Visual Guide)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .rpm extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .rpm file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .RPM file?

The .RPM file extension is Red Hat Package Manager File. The development of this file was done by Red Hat. The format of this file is binary, and it is a compressed file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .rpm file on 1 platform.

How to open a .RPM file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .RPM file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .RPM file on Mac

The .rpm file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the The Unarchiver software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Incredible Bee Archiver and The Unarchiver software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .RPM file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the The Unarchiver software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .RPM file?

If you are still unable to open the .RPM file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .RPM file.rpm – RealNetworks. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .RPM file with the The Unarchiver, Incredible Bee Archiver programs on Mac.