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Promo2day Review WinRAR 5.80 Review
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WinRAR is a Windows data compression tool that focuses on the RAR and ZIP data compression formats for all Windows users. It can also unpack most known file formats such as RAR, ZIP, ISO, CAB, 7ZIP and many more. 

Using WinRAR; you can backup 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 program is on top of archiving software category for more than 20 years. It is small in size, easy to use, offer many options, friendly user interface. No doubt it is one of the most popular applications 

WinRAR is easier to use than many other archivers with the inclusion of a special "Wizard" mode, this allows instant access to the basic archiving functions with a simple question and answer procedure. This avoids confusion in the early stages of use. 

Free Trial: 

You can download and install the program on your computer. The process is very easy and needs only few minutes to complete. Now, you will have 40 days free trial with full features after which you need a license to continue using the program.  

Compatible with all windows versions including windows 10. For all Android users, the RAR for Android App is available on Google Play. The command line version of WinRAR is also available for Linux, FreeBSD and MAC OS X. 

User Interface is very friendly, intuitive and easy to use. You can change the program look through download and use of your favorite themes. There is menu bar with buttons which include all the program features (such as file, command, options, tools...) 

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Change toolbar buttons according to your wish and use. You can also change button size

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Multilingual support (more than 50 languages supported)  


Supports all popular compression formats such as RAR, ZIP and non RAR archives including; CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip.
Combine files split to multiple parts with .001, .002, ... extensions. Open .001 file as a usual archive and then unpack its contents.
Integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.
Efficient, secure, fast and save disk space
Using solid archiving; it can raise compression ratio by 10% - 50% over more common methods
Helps you to split archives into separate volumes easily This is useful in many conditions as large sized files and save on several disks.
Accepted in all countries using Unicode
Helps you in fast email transmission and enables you to send many attached files
Support multimedia files: automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method.
Highly sophisticated, original compression algorithm optimized for text, audio, graphics
Shell Integration with support for drag and drop feature and wizard tool
Create self-extracting archives through the built in SFX tool
Available in two forms; graphic interactive interface and command line interface
Recovery record and recovery volumes allow to reconstruct even physically damaged archives
Uses CRC32 and BLAKE2 checksums to check the integrity of each file in the archive
Backup your data
Supports encryption (256-bit password) to secure your files against unauthorized access
Small size
Easy to use with friendly user interface
Minimal system requirements
Compatible with windows 10
Available in both 32 and 64 versions
Multilingual support: WinRAR supports 50 languages which lets any user to enjoy using the program in his own language
Supports many themes.
WinRAR licenses are valid for all available language and platform versions. 

New Features: 

"Preserve source files last access time" option on "Time" page of archiving dialog permits to preserve the original last access time of archiving files.

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Archiving speed for large NTFS alternate data streams on multi-core CPUs is increased.

 "Find" command:

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When extracting encrypted files directly from "Search results" dialog, password prompt was issued for every found file even if all files belonged to same archive. Now password is requested only once per archive;

Ctrl+A hotkey selects all files in "Search results" 

Previous versions did not allow to use Ctrl+W shortcut to close WinRAR when comment window had keyboard focus. Now Ctrl+W works also from comment window; 

Maximum path length for files in 7z archives is increased up to 2048 characters. While such lengthy paths were already supported for RAR and ZIP formats, previous versions limited the path length to 260 characters for 7z archives. 

If archive or file name is too lengthy to fit to archiving or extraction progress window, it is truncated, thus removing the path component and symbols in the middle, but preserving beginning of file name and file extension. 

If files selected for archiving differ only by extension, a proposed archive name is based on their name part. For example, archiving dialog will propose Readme.rar if we selected Readme.txt and Readme.doc.  Previous versions always generated the archive name based on parent folder name for several selected files

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Copying and pasting files from large archives could fail if extraction took a lot of time. This version can paste files from such archives as well, but we have to start extraction already on"Copy" command and not on "Paste" to achieve this. 

"Set font..." button in "Settings/File list" also changes the folder tree panel font. Previously it changed only the file list font.

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"File list/Files/Exact sizes" option also changes the file size format  in WinRAR status bar. 

Key Features: 

Open and Extraction of an archive: 

Using the program you can open and decompress any supported archive format using the right context menu items; or from within the application itself using extract to specific location. 

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Extraction path and options:

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Right Context menu options of the files in an archive:

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Archiving (Compression): 

You can quickly add any files or folders to an archive. The process is very easy and can be completed using the right context menu or from within the application using the built-in browser 

This will save you disk 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). It supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is unlimited. 

WinRAR is ideal for multimedia files and it automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method.  

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Compression options: 

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General options: save location, archive name, split size and encryption with password.  

In addition, the program has many compression methods that can be specified by the user. These include normal (default), good, best, fast and fastest. You can also specify the profile, update mode, archive format and many advanced options, for example test archive, lock archive, delete after archiving and so on.

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Update mode:

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Advanced features,

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Options: (delete mode, archive features and quick open information) 

Files: for example add, exclude, store without compression, file path 

Backup options 

Time: file time to store, file time to process and archive time 

Comments: You can add any comment to your archive, either manually or from a file 

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RAR5 Default Archive format: 

When users archive or share files, they will benefit from an outstanding compression ratio and fast compression rate to save space and bandwidth. WinRAR and command line RAR use RAR 5.0 archive format by default. The user can change it to RAR 4.x compatible format with "RAR4" option in archiving dialog.  

Split archives:

WinRAR allows you to split archives into separate volumes easily, making it possible to save them on several disks for example. It will be easier to send via email attachments 


This is a very important built-in feature which offers good protection of your files against any unauthorized access. You can encrypt your files with 256-bit strong encryption feature; available with RAR5 format.  

The process is very easy, simply use password button during creation of archives or for any existing archive on your computer.

In addition, the usability of decompression dialog of password protected archives has been improved. If a wrong password has been entered when unpacking an encrypted RAR5 archive, WinRAR now proposes to enter a valid password for the same file instead of aborting extraction.

RAR passwords are stored in password manager “organize passwords button” and protected using master password 

The security of other compression file formats has also been improved from. WinRAR uses AES-256 by default in CTR mode to encrypt ZIP archives as it is significantly more secure than the ZIP 2.0 legacy encryption algorithm.  

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Shell integration: so that you can use most of the program features via right context menu options. For example: You can extract, add to archive and many more 

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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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Wizards Feature:  

This is a built-in tool which helps you to create new archive or unpack (extract) any archive on your computer or add files to already present archive. You will need to select one of the three options available and go with simple steps to complete. 

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Recovery record and recovery volumes: 

This feature allows to reconstruct even physically damaged archives 

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

Search feature:  

You can easily find any files you need whether in an archive or in folders, drives or whole hard drive 

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Test and repair of archives, this helps to repair any corrupted or damaged archives. You will not lose any important information. 

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Convert archives into other supported formats and to SFX format which allows you to extract the archive with no need to use the program 

Get information about the archive: this feature allows you to have all information you need about the archive. You can also add your comments to the archive. 

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Settings can be accessed under Option Menu. These are categorized under 7 buttons: 

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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. 


WinRAR is a powerful easy to use archiving software which helps to compress files for efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission and well organized data storage. It provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, XZ, Z archives. It is small size with friendly user interface 

Important Links: 


The current version is 5.80 beta 4, released on 16.11.2019 


The new WinRAR 5.80 (32-bit) beta 4 can be downloaded from here: 

The 64-bit version of WinRAR 5.80 beta 4 is available at the following download link: 


New Features: 


WinRAR Encryption FAQ: 

Windows 10 support statement: 
Nice review. Thumb
Thanks for another well done review Tarek
Good review, thanks for writing.
Thanks for the great review
Thanks for this review.
WINRAR is the basic need for every PC user. Its like a basic part of life i using computer. Wihtout WINRAR a PC is considered incomplete.
It got everything Pass Protection, Encryption etc.

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