WinRAR

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 2087 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.62
  • Total Downloads:
    158,265,710
  • Date Added:
    December 11, 2006
  • File Size:
    1.66MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    63,632
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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

    4.3

    out of 177 votes

    • 5 star 86
    • 4 star 68
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 2087 votes

    • 5 star 1194
    • 4 star 590
    • 3 star 141
    • 2 star 40
    • 1 star 122
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5 stars

"Great tool"

June 01, 2007  |  By flirtybabygurl

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

When people upload files in a .rar format, no need to panic! I love how easy the software was to install. I didn't even have to restart

Cons

None that I can think of. It handles all the related files types that I can think of.

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4 stars

"Works OK, but**"

May 26, 2007  |  By agmlego

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

It is a good, solid archiving tool, but**

Cons

** I'm not entirely sure what is going to happen after 40 days. I'd rather use one of the free archivers, but none I've found open multivolume *.rar files.

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4 stars

"It's Pretty Good"

May 25, 2007  |  By Dino413

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

It has great use as a compressor and for opening files that it requires. Although the files that require it are pretty rare.

Cons

Unless you REALLY have to use this, I wouldn't suggest paying that much money for this program. Also, the nagging screen is absolutely annoying and will pop up EVERY TIME you use WinRar.

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5 stars

"Awsome!"

May 25, 2007  |  By slickwilliams

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

I rarely take the time to write reviews. This software is definately worth using. Much better than the standard compression utility that everyone uses (I don't mention the name).

I really like the compression that you get and how easy this is to use. Its so easy that my parents can use it :)

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5 stars

"The best of the best"

May 21, 2007  |  By vmazelis

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

As always, the leader of the pack, matched by none, surpassed by none.

Cons

Not free, but it's trial is pretty generous.

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4 stars

"functional, does what it claims to do"

May 20, 2007  |  By macka1974

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

Unpacked my RAR files effectively

Cons

Not very user friendly, had to look up a guide on the net

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5 stars

"Good power tool!"

May 19, 2007  |  By NWproductions

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

Works with almost all formats!

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4 stars

"Very Good Unzip tool"

May 17, 2007  |  By wbyrdsen

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

It's able to do the job as described with no problems and it a very affective tool for decompressing pretty much any file.

Cons

It should cost less because of the demand for an archiver for RAR file. WinZip pretty much does the job unless you need to decompress an RAR file, which is really rare.

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5 stars

"best archiving utility out there"

May 17, 2007  |  By AnkaDl

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

beats any other utility. also very easy to use.

Cons

could use a little spit and shine

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5 stars

"The only compression/decompression you'll ever need."

May 15, 2007  |  By nunu2000

 |  Version: WinRAR 3.62

Pros

For all my compression/encryption/viewing and a multitude of other daily tech essentials this product has exceeded my expectations even on price. Terrific job guys, keep it up!

Cons

I'm still looking but cannot find...

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher RARLAB
Publisher web site http://www.rarlabs.com/
Release Date December 11, 2006
Date Added December 11, 2006
Version 3.62
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1.66MB
File Name wrar511.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 158,265,710
Downloads Last Week 63,632
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 40-day trial, some features disabled
Price $29

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