Custom Scenario Files

Scenario file is in fact a simple text file in Unicode format with each scenario describing like:

[Line #1] Name of scenario
[Line #2] This scenario will be default for this list of formats identifiers
[Line #3] Attack description #1
[Line #4] Attack description #2
[Line #N] Attack description #(N-2)
[Blank line]

Name of scenario

Name of scenario can be anything up to 256 symbols long.

Formats identifiers

Formats identifiers are predefined set of 4 symbols long codes uniquely describing each format supported by this program. Right now it's possible to use following codes:

Attack description

Each attack description line follows simple syntax to define separate attack. General syntax is:

/switch1[:param1] /switch2[:param2]

Possible switches:

If there any special symbols within param it must be enclosed into double quotes. If there is a double quote symbol itself it must be duplicated, i. e.


defines charset with one symbol — double quote, while


defines charset with 6 symbols, 1-2-3-4-5 digits and double quote character.

Character \ (backslash) having special meaning, it must be followed either by backslash meaning backslash itself must be used, i. e.


defines charset with one symbols — backslash. If \ followed by x then two next symbols must be hexadecimal character code while if it's followed by X then four next symbols must be hexadecimal character code in Unicode encoding. Thus,


defines charset with two symbols — space (code = 0x20) and Russian capital letter A (code = 0x410).

This also means that file paths are looks like:


Asterisk before file name having special meaning — to use internal rules or dictionary files built-in into program.


No dictionary based attacks
/a:b /c:a /min:1 /max:3
/a:b /c:s /min:4 /max:4
/a:b /c:c /min:4 /max:4
/a:b /c:d /min:4 /max:5

Default for RAR 3.x
/a:b /c:a /min:1 /max:2
/a:r /r:*1s.rul /d:*medium_en.dic
/a:r /r:*1a.rul /d:*medium_en.dic
/a:b /c:a /min:3 /max:3
/a:b /c:s /min:4 /max:4
/a:b /c:c /min:4 /max:4
/a:b /c:d /min:4 /max:5
/a:r /r:*2s.rul /d:*medium_en.dic /d:*small_en.dic

This short scenario file describes two scenarios named "No dictionary based attacks" and "Default for RAR 3.x". And second one is marked as default for RAR 3.x archives via RAR3 format identifier. First scenario using only brute-force attacks while second one performing some dictionary based attack with rules sets and dictionaries built-in into program.

You can also check out file named "Default scenario file.txt" in program directory for more advanced scenarios.