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WinRAR Review
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WinRAR is the Windows version of the RAR Archiver, the powerful archiver and archive manager. RAR files can compress content up to 30 percent more effectively than ZIP files. The most notable functions of WinRAR include very powerful document and multimedia file compression, file encryption, processing of other archive formats, programmable self-extracting (SFX) archives, damaged archive repair and Unicode support.
WinRAR helps you to back up your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
The current update of your favorite application offers a multi-functional, user-friendly software with an intuitive interface featuring state-of-the-art options for downsizing, extracting, securing, restoring, repairing, sharing and managing files. The design of the icons and toolbar has been changed and usability has been further improved.
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Purchase a license for only 29$ on the official website and enjoy lifetime use of the program

Free trial: 40 days


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WinRAR 5.60 32-bit can be downloaded at: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.
WinRAR 5.60 64-bit can be downloaded at: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

WinRAR is available in more than 40 languages and is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Windows Vista. For all Android users, the RAR App is available on Google Play. The command line version of WinRAR is also available for Linux, FreeBSD and MAC OS X.

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Current version:

Release date:
26th June 2018

Size: 3Mb

User Interface:

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The program has user-friendly intuitive interface with completely new icon set and new toolbar design
You can change the program interface using the themes available here:
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You can use themes listed below to modify WinRAR icons. Just download a theme archive and open it in WinRAR to install. Installed themes can be selected in the "Options/Themes" WinRAR menu.


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What are the new features in WinRAR 5.60?

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Thanks to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. and You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.  designers,  WinRAR uses a completely new icon set and toolbar design prepared by Aditya Nugraha Putra. If you want to use the previous WinRAR icons, they are available as interface theme here:

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The look of the info dialog has also been modernized.

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The compression ratio graph has been refreshed,

"Names and Data" is now displayed in the "Encryption" field for archives with encrypted file names.

 The "Repair" command efficiency has been improved for recovery record protected RAR5 archives. It can detect deletions and insertions of unlimited size as well as shuffled data, including data taken from several recovery record protected archives and merge them into a single file in arbitrary order.

The usability of the decompression password dialogue has also seen some improvements. Now, if a wrong password for password protected RAR files with encrypted file names is inserted, WinRAR will propose a valid password instead of simply aborting the extraction process. This feature was already successful in previous versions for encrypted file data, but it has now been added for encrypted file names too. This option is also available for unpacking encrypted files in ZIP archives.

"Turn PC off when done" archiving option is changed to "When done" drop down list, so you can turn off, hibernate or sleep your PC after completing archiving.

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The full archive name is now displayed when the mouse is placed over an archive in the operation progress window. This is useful for users who handle archives with lengthy archive names that do not fit into the available window space.

The new version now recognizes different encodings like ANSI (Windows), OEM (DOS), UTF-8 and UTF-16 and is able to display them correctly in comment files.

Archiving commands are always displayed for specific file types (even if archives). If you wish both archiving and extraction commands present for all archives, place "*" here: Option/Settings/Integration/Context menu items",

Main Functions and Tools in WinRAR:

File Compression:

You easily compress any file using either the program interface or right context menu. There are many compression options available for you to select from. You can even split the file if large sized into smaller archives that will be extracted into a single file easily. This lets you send large files easily, for example as email attachments

The compression options lets you specify the profile, archiving format, backup options, archiving options, advanced, update mode, compression method, password and encryption, add comments and many other options

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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 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.

Management of archives:

If you have archives you can easily open, extract, test or repair using WinRAR. You can also encrypt archives

SFX tool : Create self-extracting archives through the built in SFX tool. This allows you to send compressed files to any user with no archiving software needed to extract the contents.

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Integrated virus scan: You can specify security software to automatically scan compressed files for any threats

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File converter: you can convert archives from a specific format to other supported one

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This is a very useful and important feature which protects your files against any unauthorized access. You can easily set password and encrypt your files with 256-bit strong encryption during archive creation or even for any existing archive on your computer. In addition, you can protect all your passwords using the built-in Master password

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Other tools:

Wizard: this will help you to run a few steps that allows unpack archives, add files or create new archive

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 Find: you can search for any file you need using this tool

Show information available for any archive

Generate report: using this tool you can generate report for a specific file or all files in an archive according to the operation you are doing. Simply select the file, output format and information to include. That’s all!

Using "Benchmark" command you may compare performance of RAR compression algorithm on different computers

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Commands available for you:

You can use WinRAR commands to rename, add or delete files in an archive. You can also lock an archive so that it will not be modified by WinRAR. In addition, you can test, extract or add comments to archives


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located under Option Menu. These include:
General settings include the options that control toolbar, buttons, system, history, interface, logging
Compression: include the options for file compression such as compression profiles, split volume sized, default folder for archives, default folder for extracted files,
Path: include folder for temporary files (used with removable disc) and start up folder
File list: list type, style, files, selection and set font
Viewer: Viewer type (Internal or external or associated program or ask), internal viewer options, external viewer name.
Security options as file types excluded from extraction, wipe temporary files and virus scanner
Integration options include the file types associated with the program, shell integration, Interface (add to desktop, start menu or create program WinRAR group) and context menu items.

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Completely new design interface, toolbar and icons
Powerful archiving software
Wizards feature
Scan of archived files
Encrypted files
And many more


With completely new design interface, powerful compression, support of all formats and many tools available, WinRAR is the best archiving software for you.  Just download, try then purchase
Thanks for the good review !
Thanks Tarek for a detailed description, as I understand it will soon be a giveaway.
Thanks for the nice review ! Smile
Cool, thank you.
Thanks for the giveaway of the best archiving software available
Nice review
Excellent review. Thank you Terek.
Nice Review on WinRar!
Nice Review
thank you for this opportunity.

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