WinRAR

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 2083 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.61
  • Total Downloads:
    158,640,839
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 14, 2006
  • Price:
    Free to try (40-day trial, some features disabled); $29.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    1.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    46,613
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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There are plenty of solid compression utilities to choose from, but this shareware powerhouse offers the features and ease of use that might place it at the top of its category. WinRAR is easy to use, lightweight, and flexible. An intuitive interface lets you mouse over icons to see their functions and if you don't like their candy-coated appearance, you can always choose from several themes at the developer's site. The Folder Tree Panel, a recent addition to the interface, makes sifting through your directories to find files for archiving easier than ever. But once you see the size savings of a RAR archive (with a compression ratio of 8 percent to 15 percent better than the ZIP format), you'll understand why so many users and developers are making the switch from other compression apps. You might even be prepared to forgive the slightly slower decompression speeds and lack of integrated virus protection.

Beyond its good looks and right-click readiness for basic compression and unzipping, WinRAR offers unpacking support for a large number of archive formats, including ACE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, and ZIP. WinRAR's advanced features are icing on the cake, with Unicode support for international formatting, embedded file comments, repair of damaged archives, archive locking, self-extracting archives, and easy encryption. Anyone seeking an all-in-one archiving solution would be remiss to not evaluate WinRAR.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 79 votes

    • 5 star 41
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 2083 votes

    • 5 star 1190
    • 4 star 590
    • 3 star 141
    • 2 star 40
    • 1 star 122
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4 stars

"the compression is great, it doesn't eat up a lot of bytes in application "

December 13, 2006  |  By cortesconnie

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

it fast compression and fast extract

Cons

i haven't tried keeping a password, can a password be applied to it?

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3 stars

"was good"

December 05, 2006  |  By witchywomankazzy

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

it was ok to install

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4 stars

"I can not work without it"

December 05, 2006  |  By yousefgoussous

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

Very simple ,not complicated like other same software

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5 stars

"this is the must have product"

November 28, 2006  |  By firstLito

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

I like all

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5 stars

"Best I've used."

November 25, 2006  |  By KissMyHuman

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

I've been using WinRar for a few years now and I don't think I've been disappointed by one aspect.

WinRar has full support for ZIP and RAR archives as well as unpacking support for some of the more less common archive formats such as CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7z and Z.

WinRar also comes with an SFX creator which allows the user to create a self-unpacking EXE program from your RAR or ZIP file just in case those relatives you're emailing don't have WinRar.

The SFX creator also has some great advanced features that programmers may enjoy for creating simple installers for their programs.

Packing and unpacking times are faster than other programs I've used. Files that compress easily like wav or text files of any kind will pack quite quickly. Files that don't compress very much tend to take longer at the same settings.

For Example on a 2gHz AMD Sempron on the "Best" compression setting:

100mb WAV file compresses to 60mb in 30 seconds

100mb PSD (Photoshop) file compresses to 90mb in 3 minutes.

WinRar also has support for themes. What I find interesting is that when you change the theme, it also changes the default icon for an archive files in Windows. A plus since I think the book icon is kind of ugly.

It supports 128-bit AES encryption for RAR files and ZIP's proprietary, but less secure, encryption for ZIP files.

Cons

WinRar is shareware. After the 40 day trial period there is a nag screen you have to click on every time you open the program but it maintains full functionality. Annoying, but if I weren't a broke college student I'd pay for it.

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4 stars

"i must try it before"

November 23, 2006  |  By paquiom

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

i must try it

Cons

i must try it

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5 stars

"Better than most other Archiver programs."

November 21, 2006  |  By lynxcub

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

Does everything WinZip/PK Zip/etc does, and does it better. Multimedia compression, ISO decompression, zip/rar/ace...etc. Background feature is really nice.

Cons

Only improvement I think this program can do is a Wizard mode for people who are new to this program. Nag screen is duable, it is afterall a shareware.

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4 stars

"very usefuul"

November 18, 2006  |  By manalitis

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

a

Cons

b

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5 stars

"I like it very much"

November 16, 2006  |  By CartmanE

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

It's the best windows based archiver. The size of archives doesn't have any limits, it can be up to 9 petabytes. there are a lot of good features.

Cons

can't see anything

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5 stars

"works like a charm"

November 14, 2006  |  By cyberlane2

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.61

Pros

Simply - it does what it needs to do - If my wife could only follow this rule........

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher RARLAB
Publisher web site http://www.rarlabs.com/
Release Date September 14, 2006
Date Added September 14, 2006
Version 3.61
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1.68MB
File Name wrar520.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 158,640,839
Downloads Last Week 46,613
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 40-day trial, some features disabled
Price $29

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