While looking for comics on the internet, you might stumbled upon and downloaded comics file in the CBR format. A file that looks something like this: avengers#10.cbr.
What is a CBR File?
A Cbr File extension is a CDisplay RAR Archived Comic Book file. It’s actually a RAR file that compressed the comic images into a file. If you don’t have a CBR reader to open a CBR file, you can rename the .CBR to .RAR and use any RAR utility to decompress it. Once decompressed you will get all the single PNG files and you can use any picture viewer to open.
How To Open a CBR File?
If you prefer to keep it in a single file and not decompress it, the easiest way to open a CBR file is to use a CBR reader. There are many CBR reader programs out there, I am familiar with two and both are free to download and use
- CBR Reader (1MB)from http://www.cbrreader.com/
- CDisplay Ex (11.5MB)from http://www.cdisplayex.com/
Both works in the same way, not as good as the panel by panel as in the Marvel apps or Comixology guided view, but good enough to let you read the comics you downloaded from the internet.
This is how it look like in full screen on my laptop using CDisplay Ex. As you can see, there are thumbnails on the left with the page number. You can disable the thumbnails feature if you like.
There are a few more, but so far these two fits my requirement perfectly. Do let me know if you found something better.