WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. RAR files can usually compress content by 8 percent to 15 percent more than ZIP files can. WinRAR is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression. By consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often faster than the competition. This will save you disc space, transmission costs AND valuable working time as well. WinRAR is ideal for multimedia files. WinRAR automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method. The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries
– Using WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression by consistently making smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs.
– WinRAR provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.
– WinRAR offers a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface.
– WinRAR is easier to use than many other archivers with the inclusion of a special “Wizard” mode which allows instant access to the basic archiving functions through a simple question and answer procedure. This avoids confusion in the early stages of use.
– WinRAR offers you the benefit of industry strength archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a key of 128 bits.
– WinRAR supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.
– WinRAR offers the ability to create selfextracting and multivolume archives.
Recovery record and recovery volumes allow to reconstruct even physically damaged archives.
– WinRAR features are constantly being developed to keep WinRAR ahead of the pack.
WinRAR – What’s new in the latest version
1. “Files to process” option on “Time” page of archiving dialog
allows to choose files based on modification, creation or last access
file time. Previously it was possible for modification time only.
2. Command line -ta, -tb, -tn, -to switches accept ‘m’, ‘c’ and ‘a’
modifiers after the switch name. So file time conditions can include
not only the file modification time as in previous versions,
but also creation and last access time.
Such switch can include multiple modifiers to set the same date
for all specified times. For example, -tamc20190215 will process files
modified and created after 2019-02-15.
New ‘o’ modifier permits to switch from AND to OR logic,
so -tamco20190215 includes files modified or created after 2019-02-15.
It is also allowed to specify several time filtering switches
with different dates in the same command line, like:
Switches -ta and -tn also include files matching the specified date
exactly. Switches -tb and -to exclude such files.
3. WinRAR file list can display creation and last access file times
if they are available.
Creation and last access columns are disabled by default and can be
enabled in “Select file list columns” dialog. This dialog is opened
after right clicking on file list column headers or after pressing
“File list/Files/Columns…” button in WinRAR settings.
4. “Double extensions for archives” and “Archives in subfolders”
options on “Files” page of archiving dialog modify behavior of
“Put each file to separate archive” option.
You can switch between archive names in filename.ext.rar
and filename.rar style with “Double extensions for archives”.
You can create a separate archive for every file in selected subfolders
or store the entire contents of every selected folder in separate
archive depending on the state of “Archives in subfolders” option.
5. New -ad1 switch can be used when unpacking multiple archives
recursively, such as ‘rar x -r -ad1 arc\*.rar’. It creates
a separate folder for files unpacked from each archive,
but unlike already existing -ad switch, it creates such folders
in each archive folder.
6. If context menu “Extract each archive to separate folder” is applied
to archives from different folders in Windows Explorer “Search results”,
subfolders with unpacked files are created in each archive folder.
Previous versions created them all in a folder of right clicked archive.
7. New “File list/List style/Checkboxes” option in WinRAR settings
allows to use checkboxes to select file list items.
8. New “File list/Files/Exact sizes” option in WinRAR settings.
If this option is on, file sizes are always displayed in bytes.
If it is off, sizes are rounded up and use units such as KB or MB.
Smaller files can be still displayed in bytes.
9. If several console RAR are started with -ioff switch, PC is turned off
by RAR copy finished last. Previously this switch was processed
by first finished copy.
10. Read and write buffer size is increased for .iso files.
It can help to improve .iso extraction performance in some cases,
such as for network drives.
11. If “Delete archive” option in extraction dialog is applied to a set
of RAR and REV volumes in volname.part# format, WinRAR will delete
REV volumes as well. Previously only RAR volumes were deleted
keeping REV files intact.
12. If “Delete archive” option in extraction dialog is applied to set
of ZIP volumes with .zip.001, .zip.002, .zip.003 extensions,
WinRAR will delete all ZIP volumes. Previously only .zip.001 volume
was deleted for such volume naming scheme.
13. If we unpack arcname.rar using “Extract to arcname\” Explorer context
menu command and “arcname” file already exists, WinRAR shell extension
will propose “Extract to arcname~1\” instead. Previously this context
menu command attempted to create a folder with same name as already
existing file and failed.
14. If we pack a shortcut file with .lnk extension from Explorer context
menu, .lnk file itself is added to archive. Previous versions added
.lnk file target instead of .lnk file.
15. Windows does not allow executables exceeding 4 GB, so WinRAR issues
an error immediately when attempting to create 4 GB or larger
RAR SFX volumes. Previously WinRAR issued such error only after
creating the first RAR volume.
16. Total extraction progress is displayed for 7z multivolume archives.
Accuracy of 7z total extraction progress is improved.
17. “Find” command “Disks and folders” drop down list has been renamed
to “Search area”. Additionally to already existing choices,
it includes a new “Selected items” option restricting search
to files and folders selected in WinRAR file list.
18. “Find” command displays the number of found items in status bar.
19. “Diagnostic messages” window displays archive names in a separate
column to provide the better message visibility for lengthy
20. Switch -isnd[-] in command line WinRAR mode allows to override
“Enable sound” option in WinRAR settings. Use -isnd to turn sound
notifications on and -isnd- to turn them off.
21. Nadav Grossman from Check Point Software Technologies informed us
about a security vulnerability in UNACEV2.DLL library.
Aforementioned vulnerability makes possible to create files
in arbitrary folders inside or outside of destination folder
when unpacking ACE archives.
WinRAR used this third party library to unpack ACE archives.
UNACEV2.DLL had not been updated since 2005 and we do not have access
to its source code. So we decided to drop ACE archive format support
to protect security of WinRAR users.
We are thankful to Check Point Software Technologies for reporting
22. Bugs fixed:
a) console RAR mixed up source and destination file sizes and times
in the overwrite prompt when updating a file in RAR archive
with -o switch;
b) dragging files from 32-bit applications to 64-bit WinRAR window
did not work;
c) WinRAR Shift+Del command applied to a folder could fail to delete
some its subfolders. This command is used to delete files and folders
permanently instead of moving them to Recycle Bin;
d) folder tree panel could not change folders if archived pathnames
started from path separator, such as in archives created by tar tool
with –absolute-names option;
e) if relative “Path=.\somefolder” was specified in SFX comment
and SFX archive needed to elevate privileges when extracting,
it created ‘somefolder\somefolder’ instead of ‘somefolder’;
f) commands modifying an existing RAR4 volume reset the volume number
field to 1. While it did not affect extraction, WinRAR displayed
a wrong volume number for such volumes;
g) fixed a crash when reading a comment from a corrupt RAR file;
h) toolbar in “Find” command “Search results” window was not adjusted
to different toolbar icon sizes properly.