WinRAR features

WinRAR features.

  • WinRAR is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.
  • 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 supports all popular compression formats (RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip).
  • WinRAR supports files and archives up to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 bytes in size, about 9000PB. The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.
  • 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 particularly well.
  • WinRAR allows you to split archives into separate volumes easily, making it possible to save them on several disks for example.
  • WinRAR is also ideal, if you are sending data through the web. Its 128 bit password encryption and its authenticated signature technology will give you the peace of mind you have been looking for.
  • WinRAR is shareware, meaning you have the chance to thoroughly test it. The program can be used absolutely free of charge for 40 days!
  • WinRAR licenses are valid for all available language and platform versions. If you have purchased several licenses, you can even mix versions to meet your own personal needs.
  • WinRAR gives you all future UPDATES for FREE! Not like the competition that will make you pay again every one or two years.

WinRAR 3.93 vs. WinZip 14.5 standard comparison

WinRAR 3.93 WinZip 14.5
SFX Module Advanced SFX Module Basic Zip SFX Function
SFX Module ZIP archive format
SFX Module RAR for MSDOS
SFX Module RAR for Win32 Command line
SFX Module RAR for Win32 Graphical user interface
Single user license price USD 29.00 USD 29.95*
Email support Free for licensed users Multiuser Support costs 18% of purchase price per year extra
* NO advanced SFX options available
** Upgrades for SFX module cost another USD 9.95 per year extra
Multilanguage Support
Language versions ~45 7
Unicode Support
Multi OS Support
RAR is available for Windows, DOS, OS/2, Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX and Pocket PC Only on Windows
Compression Features
Standard ZIP compression
Standard RAR compression
Solid compression
Compression Options
Add and replace files
Add and update files
Freshen existing files only
Synchronize archive contents
Use High precision modification time
Extract archives with “keep broken files”
Put each file to separate archive
Set compression dictionary size
Convert archive to sfx
Test archives
Show archive info
Add archive comment
Create multi split archives (volumes)
Pause after each volume
Set size of every volume
Average Compression Rates (in % of original size) ZIP 2.0 Standard
Text 15 – 30% 20 – 45%
Word files 22% 29%
English text 14,8% 26,8%
Bitmap file 19% 29,5%
3D CAD files 26% 38%
User Interface
Drag & Drop support
File management mode
Archive management mode
Search Archive Content
Creating compression profiles
Favorite Folders
Specify toolbar buttons
Security Options
Protecting archives from damage
Reconstruction of missing split archives
Protect archives against accidental modification
Add authenticity information
Integration with virus scanners
Blocking of suspect file types advanced options only warning for .exe files (SR-1)
Does not allow to run *.pif” files asks
Does not run files having 5 or more continuous spaces asks
Password protection
Encrypt file names
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)
Support of NTFS file security
Supported Archive Types
and other MIME-types
Compress RAR, ZIP ZIP
Additional file name extensions for archive formats supported

RAR Create
Convert to zip no conversion
ZIP Create
Convert to rar no conversion
CAB Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
ARJ Extract Only with external ARJ
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
LZH Extract Only with external LHA
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
TAR Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
GZIP Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
ACE Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
UUE Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
BZIP2 Extract
Add own license text
ISO Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
ISO 13346 (UDF) Extract
convert to rar,zip
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
Z Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
7-ZIP Extract
Convert to rar, zip no conversion
SFX Options
Support of basic options
Add shortcuts to windows
Add install dialog to SFX
Customize SFX logo
Command line SFX creation
Add own license text
Run setup programm after extraction
Delete files before installing
Support of silent mode
Customize SFX icon
HTML support for text
Special script commands
GUI will request administrator permission if needed
Backup Options

advanced backup options available basic backup options
Add only files with attribute “Archive” set
Clear attribute “Archive” after compressing
Keep previous file versions
Generate archive name by mask
Specially compiled 64-bit Version
Background archiving
Turn PC off when done
Compression estimation
Compression ratio estimation
Compress and email directly from Windows Explorer
Generate archive report
Print archive report
Benchmark test
Hardware test
“Wait if other copies are active” option
Select profiles from context menu
Wipe files option (Before deleting file data are overwritten by zero bytes to prevent recovery of deleted files)