WinRAR

WinRAR 5.5 beta

Extract files from supported archive formats, and create RAR and ZIP archives
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WinRAR is a software to create archives in ZIP and RAR formats. The program also lets your extract data from many archive formats and offers powerful features such as file repair and archive encryption. Overtime, WinRAR has become one of the most popular and go to tool for compressing and decompressing files.

This program features a UI that has become a classic. The interface is pretty much the same and retains its intuitiveness and ease of use. Making an RAR archive is easy. To create, simply select your file, right click on it and then select “Add to archive”. Your file will be loaded automatically and will require little no effort from your side. WinRAR allows you to do a number of things when you create an archive. You can choose the archive format, select the compression method, make your archive an SFX archive, and last but not the least; you can set a password to lock your archive.

You’ll be able to use WinRAR to extract and view file from a number of formats such as TAR, ISO, JAR, RAR, ZIP, GZ, CAB to name a few. Creation of multipart archives is also possible and you can split your archive by specifying the size in Bytes, KB, MB, and GB. This software creates an archive in RAR, RAR4, and ZIP formats. The software has a built-in file browser that you can use to perform basic file operations. If you want to add files to an existing archive, you can add them as long as your archive is in ZIP or RAR formats. To make your archives repairable and recoverable, make sure you tick the “Add recovery record” box during the creation process.

To sum up, WinRAR is one of the best archive managers that provide you with powerful features while being user-friendly. WinRAR comes with a 40 days evaluation period so you can test its many features. After the evaluation period, you will have to purchase the software. An alternative to this program will be 7-Zip, which I reviewed recently. 7-Zip is open source and lacks some advanced features that WinRAR offers.

Arnav Sinha
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Pros

  • High compression ratio.
  • Fast decompression.
  • Password protection and archive encryption.
  • Repair archives.
  • Create SFX archives

Cons

  • Interface is still the same
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