WinRAR is a powerful archive manager for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that has over 500 million users worldwide. It's a compression tool that makes your files smaller, which is great for saving disk space, well-organized data storage and transmission costs (for example e-mail transmission ). It can generate and view archives in RAR or ZIP file formats, and unpack countless archive file formats.
The Archiver provides complete support (packing and unpacking) for RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack more than 40 different formats including CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. Winrar v5.x is now supporting the new RAR5 format, and also supports the old RAR4 one (before v5).
RARLab's RAR archiver is perfect for multimedia files. It automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method. The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries particularly well. This tool is also ideal if you are sending data through the web. Its 256-bit password encryption and its authenticated signature technology will give you the peace of mind you have been looking for.
The RAR5 file format increases the maximum dictionary size to 1 GiB; 11 different compression directory sizes from 1 MiB to 1 GiB are available, with the default in version 5 increasing from 4 MiB to 32 MiB, typically improving the compression ratio. AES encryption, when used, increased from 128- to 256-bit. Maximum path length for files in RAR and ZIP archives is increased to 2048 characters.
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- Fast and lightweight
- Solid compression
- Password protection
- Scanning archives for viruses
- Support most popular archive formats
- Programmable self-extracting
- Command line and graphical interface
- Archive protection from damage
- Support of multivolume archives
- Support NTFS and Unicode
- Drag-and-drop Support
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Note: WinRAR for MacOS and Linux is a command-line only application.
Last Update: March 30, 2020
Current Version: 5.90
Languages: Multiple Languages
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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.
WinRAR and command line RAR use RAR 5.0 archive format by default. You can change it to RAR 4.x compatible format with "RAR4" option in archiving dialog or -ma4 command line switch. If you prefer RAR 4.x format by default, use "Create default..." button on "Compression" page of WinRAR settings and set "RAR4" in the displayed dialog. This change affects only new clean installs. If you already saved RAR format in the default compression profile in previous versions, WinRAR respects stored settings.