How to Open CBR or CBZ file and Read digital Comics on Mac, Windows or Linux

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What are CBR and CBZ files?

If you are fond of reading digital comics then you may encounter with the file extensions- .CBR and .CBZ. They are the type of archive file developed for the purpose of sequential viewing of images, primarily comic books.

These Archive files contains a series of image files, primarily in PNG or JPEG format and are compressed using one of methods as mentioned below.


File Extension

File Compression Method

* .cbr


* .cbz


* .cb7


* .cbt


* .cba



The file names inside an archive are numbered sequentially in ascending order according to the original page number. You can extract image files from *.cbz with any ZIP tool and from *.cbr with any RAR tool. Just change the file extension from *.cbz to *.zip and from *.cbr to *.rar to do so.


How to read Digital Comics Online?

To Read the digital comics on your desktop download one of the software compatible with your operating system-




It is the Windows cbz viewer. It use the popular 7-zip plugins to read many archives types like cbr cbz cbt rar zip tar 7z lzh arj cab tar.gz tar.bz2. It supports jpeg png gif and bmp images. Download CDisplayEx



You can read your favorite digital comics on your computer easily using CoView. With inbuilt zoom tool you won’t miss a single detail of the drawings. You can even bookmark the pages in between. Download CoView



ComicRack is one of the best eComic reader and manager for Windows computers. Download ComicRack



You can view or read pictures, comics, magazines, ebooks, images in electronic format. One can even group pictures, as an album, and can protect it with a password. Download Gonvisor.


Mac OS



It enables comic fans to view, collect, and organize digital comics in an easy and better way. View full features of ComicBookLover here. Download ComicBookLover. FFView

Using FFView you can read or manage comics onscreen (windowed & full-screen mode). It supports fast pre-fetching, smooth panning, voice commands, 2-page mode, a magnifying lens, the ability to browse pictures inside archives (.rar/.cbr, .zip/.cbz/, .pdf) and sticky per-picture options. It can also read EXIF tags and is scriptable. Download FFView.



Asparagino’s Comic Viewer

A minimal java-gnome application thrown together for viewing the contents of scanned comic archive files (.cbz, .zip etc.) on Linux. Download Asparagino’s Comic Viewer



It is a user-friendly, digital comics reader. It reads images in ZIP, RAR or tar archives (also gzip or bzip2 compressed) as well as plain image files. Download Comix.



A simple and small viewer for cbr, cb7  and cbz (comic book archive) files. It views jpg (or jpeg), gif and png images, and can zoom in and out. Download cbrPager



Evince is a document and comic viewer for multiple document formats. Download Evince.



Linux / Mac OS X / Windows OS (Cross-Platform)


Comical is an easy-to-use GUI comic book viewer. It pre-fetches and caches pages for speed and responsiveness. Download Comical



It is a cross-platform viewer for comic books stored in CBZ, CBR, and PDF files. Download Jomic



It is an open source, cross-platform reader.Download renuncln



Palm or Pocket PC


Change your PDA into an electronic ComicBook. It is not freeware but a trial version is available.




iPhone and iPod



Using iComic Reader you can read your favorite digital comics on your iPhone screen. iComic is available only with Japanese menus. Kameron of iPhoneskinning has modified the code to convert the menu into English language. For complete instructions visit iPhoneskinning.



It has some unique features. Comiczeal remembers what page you were up to for each comic in your collection and will take you straight there next time you read it. Download ComicZeal.



It is one of the best comic reader on iPhone available.Download iVerse





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