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WinRAR (32-bit) for Windows

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Key Details of WinRAR (32-bit)

  • Take full control over RAR and ZIP archives along with unpacking a dozen other archive formats
  • Last updated on 11/25/21
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 1 flag on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Android and Mac

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You probably heard the name “WinRAR” at least once in your life, or at least had seen its icon. It is a very popular software for one specific category. WinRAR (32-bit) stands as a robust utility for managing archives and compressing files, designed to facilitate easy handling of RAR and ZIP files while also supporting a multitude of other archive formats. This comprehensive analysis aims to provide a detailed overview of its functionality, ease of use, compatibility, and more.

WinRar is engineered to enhance file management through advanced compression and extraction. It is adept at reducing file sizes significantly, which is crucial for optimizing storage space and speeding up file transfers. The software supports a broad range of compression formats including RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z, and 7-Zip, making it a versatile tool for various archiving needs.

Its main window lets you see your files and easily add them to an archive. Simple buttons let you add, extract, and manage your files quickly. You can also drag files right into WinRAR, which makes it really straightforward to use. WinRAR works with Windows 10 and comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It’s available in more than 50 languages and supports Unicode, which means it works with file names in almost any language.

WinRAR is great at making files smaller, especially with its own RAR format. It can also split big files into smaller parts, lock files with strong encryption, and fix broken files. You can customize how it compresses files to fit what you need, whether you're saving personal photos or backing up business documents.

WinRAR isn't free, but you can try it out for a while before you have to decide if you want to buy it. After the trial, you'll need to buy a license to keep using all its features without any interruptions. You can download it from the RARLAB website, where you'll also find help on how to install and use it.

Bottom Line

WinRAR (32-bit) is a reliable tool if you need to manage a lot of files or save space on your computer. It's easy to use, works with many file formats, and has a bunch of useful features. 

What's new in version 6.02

  • ZIP SFX module refuses to process SFX commands stored in archive comment if such comment is resided after beginning of Authenticode digital signature. It is done to prevent possible attacks with inclusion of ZIP archive into the signature body.We already prohibited extracting contents of such malformed archives in WinRAR 6.01.We are thankful to Jacob Thompson - Mandiant Advantage Labs for reporting this issue. 
  • WinRAR uses https instead of http in the web notifier window, home page and themes links. It also implements additional checks within the web notifier. This is done to prevent a malicious web page from executing existing files on a user's computer. Such attack is only possible if the intruder has managed to spoof or otherwise control user's DNS records. Some other factors are also involved in limiting the practical application of this attack.We would like to express our gratitude to Igor Sak-Sakovskiy for bringing this issue to our attention. 
  • Where appropriate, SFX archive displays the additional line with detailed error information provided by operating system.For example, previously such archive would display "Cannot create file" message alone. Now this message is followed by a detailed reason like access denied or file being used by another process.In the past this extended error information was available in WinRAR, but not in SFX archives. 
  • Switch -idn hides archived names also in 'v' and 'l' commands. It can be useful if only the archive type or total information is needed. 
  • If -ibck -ri<priority> switches are used together, WinRAR process sets the priority specified in -ri switch. Previous versions ignored -ri and set the priority to low in the presence of -ibck switch. 
  • When using "File/Change drive" command, WinRAR saves the last folder of previous drive and restores it if that drive is selected again later. 
  • Name of unpacking file is now included into WinRAR incorrect password warning for RAR5 archives. It can be helpful when unpacking a non-solid archive containing files encrypted with different passwords. 

Bugs fixed: 

  • "Convert archives" command issued erroneous "The specified password is incorrect" message after succesfully converting RAR archive with encrypted file names if new password was set and archive was opened in WinRAR shell; 
  • if two archive information windows had been opened from Explorer context menu, the compression ratio bar in the first window could erroneously display a value for second archive.It did not affect the ratio and other text details at the right of window. Only the vertical bar at the left could be updated to a wrong value; 
  • if command progress window was resized up and then quickly resized down to original dimensions, window contents could be positioned incorrectly.

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Full Specifications

November 25, 2021
Latest update
July 10, 2024
Operating System
Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows XP
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Developer's Description

Take full control over RAR and ZIP archives along with unpacking a dozen other archive formats.
WinRAR is a powerful archiver extractor tool, and can open all popular file formats.RAR and WinRAR are Windows 10 (TM) compatible; available in over 50 languages and in both 32-bit and 64-bit; compatible with several operating systems (OS), and it is the only compression software that can work with Unicode.WinRAR supports all popular compression formats (RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip).