cab The cabinet file format, shortened CAB, is an archive file format that was developed for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The format supports the lossless family of data compression algorithms as well as embedded digital certificates that facilitate data integrity. Archives created using the CAB format have the filename extension .cab and are recognized by the operating system through the identifying 4 bytes in the header. CAB enjoys support by other Microsoft technologies such as the Setup APIs, Windows Installer and others. In fact, some earlier integrated development environments developed by Microsoft could create setup files that were organized as CAB files.
rar The .rar filename extension is a popular and partially open archive file format associated with the compression and decompression tool WinRAR. The format was developed by Eugene Roshal with its initial release in 1993. It, like many other archive formats, acts as the compressed data container for one or several files. The archive format can maintain the directory structure of the compressed archive even when unpacked to a directory. The RAR file format supports multi volume file compression where an archive is saved as a sequence of several files of a given size.