WinRAR

WinRAR

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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • Settings
  • Archive Information
  • Add to Archive Dialog
  • Main Window
  • Viewing Settings
  • General Settings
  • Archive Conversion
  • File Info
  • The Wizard

Editorial review

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Alexandru Andrei Senior editor

This review applies to version 5.1. The latest version of this software will soon be reviewed by our informers.

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 5.1

1. Added extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using
BZIP2, LZMA and PPMd compression.
2. Added extraction support for 7z split archives
(.7z.001, .7z.002, ...).
3. Added support for AES-NI CPU instructions allowing to improve
RAR encryption and decryption performance.
4. Default theme images are scaled up with better quality
in high DPI display mode.
5. Environment variables, such as %temp%, can be used
in "Files to add" field of archiving dialog.
6. Switch -ai can be used when creating RAR archive,
so predefined values, typical for file and folder,
are stored instead of actual attributes.
Previously this switch could be used only when extracting.
 

Publisher's description

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. You can try WinRAR before buy.

Latest comments

  All comments (129)
  • 2
    Guest Last month

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

  • 2
    Guest Last month

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

  • 1
    Guest 3 months ago

    Good archive program.
    But popup license window sometimes bored


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