WinRAR

WinRAR

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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • Main Window
  • Setup Window
  • Settings
  • Archive Information
  • Add to Archive Dialog
  • Main Window
  • Viewing Settings
  • General Settings
  • Archive Conversion

Editorial review

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Alexandru Andrei Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 5.1
Even though these days it's not usually necessary to compress files to save disk space, this utility can be used for more than just saving a few hundred megabytes. Splitting a huge file across several DVDs, encrypting a PHP project for safe keeping or grouping thousands of files in one single file are just a few things you can do with this program.

It's not the most powerful archiver but it's one of the most popular for a simple reason: the algorithm is fast and very efficient, considering its speed.
Other formats offer a far better compression ratio but they require a huge amount of time to finish the job.

WinRAR can open a lot of archive formats but can only compress to RAR or ZIP. Recently, the new RAR5 format has been defined which promises a slightly better compression ratio, mainly because it supports larger dictionaries. Also, the latest version has added support for opening ZIPX files and 7z (7-zip) split archives.

The interface has been altered a little bit too in the latest releases. Encrypting RAR files with a password wasn't very straightforward in the past but now that this option has been moved to the main tab in the archiving dialog it's very easy to spot and use.

The default settings give satisfactory results but if you're a power-user, you can tweak more advanced options like the dictionary size, recovery record and more.

As it is the case with almost every mature and popular program, you probably won't find any problems. However, if you're an occasional user, the price for the full version might seem just a little bit too high. But you can test it out for 40 days and decide if it's worth every dollar.

Pros

  • Fast compression/decompression
  • Good compression ratio
  • Can open all the popular archive formats.
  • Default settings are better than average
  • Lets you tweak advanced archive settings
  • Supports recovery records
  • Can create self-extracting archives (EXE files)

Cons

  • None

What's new in version 5.2

1. "Drag and drop context menu" options in "Settings/Integration/Context menu items" dialog allow to disable WinRAR archiving and extraction commands in context menu displayed after dragging and dropping files with right mouse button.
2. If winrar.ini file is present in the same folder as WinRAR installer, winrar.ini will be copied to WinRAR program folder after completing installation.
3. While previous versions could produce RAR5 volumes of slightly smaller than requested size sometimes, such situation is less likely now. In most cases volume size equals to specified by user.
4. Now by default WinRAR skips symbolic links with absolute paths in link target when extracting. You can enable creating such links with "Allow absolute paths in symbolic links" option on "Advanced" page of extraction dialog or with -ola command line switch.
Such links pointing to folders outside of extraction destination folder can present a security risk. Enable their extraction only if you are sure that archive contents is safe, such as your own backup.
5. Bugs fixed:
a) WinRAR 5.20 issued unnecessary user account control (UAC) prompt, when running an executable from archive stored in UAC protected folder. Since nothing is extracted to folder containing an archive in such case, UAC prompt is not needed;
b) WinRAR could overwrite files with read-only attribute only when unpacking RAR and ZIP archive formats. Now it is also implemented for other archive formats supported by WinRAR;
c) "Elapsed time" and "Time left" were displayed incorrectly when applying "Convert" command to multiple archives and enabling "Add recovery record" option.
 

Publisher's description

WinRAR is an archive manager for backing up data and reducing the size of e-mail attachments. Decompress files downloaded from the Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. Support is provided for RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z, and 7-Zip file formats. WinRAR recognises and selects the best compression method for decompressing multi-media files; the compression algorithm compresses multi-media files, executables and object libraries. Split archives into separate volumes in order to save them on several disks. 128-bit password encryption and authenticated signature technology is included.

Latest comments

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  • 5
    Guest 4 months ago

    It is the best compression but 7-Zip is better than WinRAR, I like two of them.

    • 2
      Ezhil Don Last month

      To me it is saying that: "You need 2gb of physical memory".

  • 7
    Guest 4 months ago

    It's very good, but some apps do not work.

  • 3
    Guest 6 months ago

    Good archive program.
    But popup license window sometimes bored

    • 2
      Guest 2 months ago

      I dont get bored at all, you just have to study, and studying is not boring.

      • 0
        Guest 2 months ago

        If you study then how do you convert VLC Media files to Xbox 360 Compatible ones?


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