is a powerful and probably the most popular archiving utility with additional functions for managing archives. It has been released in 1995 and since that has become a must have for any computer user.
your files and folders and reduce the size of it. For example, you can use it to reduce the size of email attachments or files you want to share with others. This will save your and others bandwith and disk space.
It will take very little time to download the WinRAR
installation file as it is smaller than 2MB. Installation is also pretty simple and has only few steps. In last step window will appear and give you few options to customize>
- It will give you option to choose which file formats you want to associate with WinRAR
- Add Winrar icon to Desktop
- Add Winrar to Start Menu
- Create Winrar program group
Also you can choose which options do zou want to have integrated into shell and context menus.
is extremely easy to use because of its friendly and easy to use interface. To be honest interface has not been altered much for years but WinRAR
supports themes and there are various themes available for download (go to Options -> Themes -> Get more themes). On the interface you'll find nice large buttons at the top for each of the application's major functions like:
- Add (create archive file)
- Extract to (select where you would like to take out the contents of an archive file)
- Test (analyze an archive file)
Beginners will enjoy Wizard button option - it launches a wizard that lets you do three jobs efficiently and rapidly:
- unpack an existing archive file
- create a new archive file
- add files to an existing archive file.
When you attempt to open a ZIP or RAR file, this program automatically takes over and presents the contents of the compressed file, in order that you could instantly access them. After that you can manage the archive file by adding to it, removing files from it or protecting it, all using the tools readily available across the very top of the interface. Because of drag and drop support you can use it in the same way you use Windows Explorer. Just select file from any folder on your computer, drag it over WinRAR
interface and drop it. Even novice users will find their way around this program quite rapidly.
integrates with Windows Explorer, making it very easy to access its tools. You will be able to manipulate archive files with an individual click. Just right-click on a file and you will have full access to all of WinRAR
In case you would like to secure your files, you have the option to protect your data with a password using a 256-bit AES encryption
algorithm. Perfect for hiding your files from others. It can also be usefull when you want to share file over Internet and be sure that only users who know password can open it.
If you ever encounter with corrupted compressed file problem you can try 'Repair' function to try fix a broken archive file.
supports many different formats : RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZip
, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, Z, 7-Zip.
has one of the best compression
algorithms on the market and it will give you excellent compression ratio. It supports multithread
ed compression to give best possible compression ratio and speed. You can always choose between better compression ratio or quicker compression/decompression proces. Compress
ion ratio depends on many factors like file type and file size. It can reduce size of file for less than 1% and in some cases for more than 90% of its original size.
In our test we had more than 100 files of different types with total size of 620MB. WinRAR
managed to reduce total size to 480MB in 24 seconds using normal compression method.
is available for download in over 40 languages. Except for Windows OS it is available for Linux, DOS, OS/2, FreeBSD and MAC OS X. Although it is a Shareware you can use it for free without any limitations. There is only one small restriction - you will see small popup windows every time you open the application and you will need to close it before you can continue.
undoubtedly comes with one of the very sophisticated feature sets currently available on the market and it is must have tool for every computer user.
Download and install WinRAR
safely and without concerns.
WinRAR highlights and features:
Compress and unpack RAR format files.
Compatible with a number of other compression formats like ZIP, CAB, ARJ, TAR, JAR, ISO, 7z, BZ2 and many more.
Support for security attributes and data flows in NTFS files.
Protect compressed files with a password and digital signatures. Block the files to avoid manipulation or eliminate important data more securely.
Handle files of substantial size.
Uncomplicated to use. Includes an helper, referred to as Wizard mode to instantly check the basic functions of the program.
Create self-booting and multivolume files.