WinRAR - Total Path and File Name must not exceed 260 characters

Below is the message I usually get when the 260 characters limit is exceeded while extracting an archive especially if it contains lots of HTML files.


This limitation is by design in Windows. WinRAR or any software is not to be blamed. On Linux you don’t have this limitation.

From MSDN:
“In the Windows API (with some exceptions discussed in the following paragraphs), the maximum length for a path is MAX_PATH, which is defined as 260 characters.”
I found a couple of workarounds to deal with this issue:
1.Print my favorite online pages as PDF (You can use doPDF or online web2pdf convertors. I recommend printfriendly.com)

2.Move the archive file (ZIP or RAR) to the root of the drive. Example, You can copy or move it to C:\  or D:\  then extract your ZIP or RAR file from there.

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