WinRAR

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WinRAR
WinRAR-Logo.png
WinRAR screenshot.png
WinRAR 4.11 in Windows 7
Developer(s)Eugene Roshal (developer),
Alexander Roshal (distributor)[1]
Initial releaseApril 22, 1995; 19 years ago (1995-04-22)
Stable release5.11 (September 1, 2014; 26 days ago (2014-09-01)[2]) [±]
Preview releaseNone [±]
Development statusActive
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows XP and later
Size1.83 MB
Available in44 languages
TypeFile archiver
LicenseCommercial, Proprietary, Shareware, Nagware
WebsitePrimary: rarlab.com
Secondary: win-rar.com
 
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WinRAR
WinRAR-Logo.png
WinRAR screenshot.png
WinRAR 4.11 in Windows 7
Developer(s)Eugene Roshal (developer),
Alexander Roshal (distributor)[1]
Initial releaseApril 22, 1995; 19 years ago (1995-04-22)
Stable release5.11 (September 1, 2014; 26 days ago (2014-09-01)[2]) [±]
Preview releaseNone [±]
Development statusActive
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows XP and later
Size1.83 MB
Available in44 languages
TypeFile archiver
LicenseCommercial, Proprietary, Shareware, Nagware
WebsitePrimary: rarlab.com
Secondary: win-rar.com

WinRAR is a shareware file archiver and data compression utility. It can create archived files in ZIP or proprietary RAR format,[3] and unpack many archive file formats. WinRAR runs under Microsoft Windows in GUI mode. There are command-line versions, called "RAR" and "UNRAR" (released since autumn of 1993),[4] available for Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows console mode, and MS-DOS.

Overview[edit]

Starting with version 5, a new archive format, RAR5, is supported, incompatible with the previous one, but also using file extension .RAR.[5] With the introduction of RAR5, the older format is referred to as RAR4. Newer WinRAR versions can still open and create RAR4 archives, but older versions do not support RAR5 archives.

Both the numerous features (authenticity verification, old style extension based arcname.rNN volume names, file comments) are removed from RAR5, and by default RAR5 is slower than RAR4 (default dictionary size for WinRAR v5.x is 32 MB, typically resulting in higher compression ratio and lower speed than WinRAR v4.x with 4 MB).

The software is distributed as a shareware and anyone may use it during a test period of 40 days at no charge.[6]

While archiving with the RAR format is proprietary, Rarlabs supply as copyrighted freeware the source code of the UnRAR unpacker, with a license allowing it to be used in any software, thus enabling others to produce software capable of unpacking, but not creating, RAR archives.[7]

Features[edit]

There was a portable version of WinRAR called WinRAR Unplugged, which did not require installation or create dependencies on the host computer.

Languages[edit]

As of July 2014, WinRAR is available in 44 languages:[13]

Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian Cyrillic, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Version history[edit]

O/S supported[edit]

Easter eggs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WinRAR 3.40 release notes by Eugene Roshal (Russian)
  2. ^ "Latest changes in WinRAR". 
  3. ^ Manuel Masiero (18 March 2013)"Compression Performance: 7-Zip, MagicRAR, WinRAR, WinZip" Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Interview by correspondence" (in Russian). 1997-2002 (see under 1997). Retrieved 2010-04-26.  (Russian)
  5. ^ Martin Brinkmann (29 April 2013)"WinRAR 5.0 introduces the new RAR 5 format. What you need to know" Ghacks. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ RAR and WinRAR END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (EULA), retrieved 2014-01-04 
  7. ^ "Downloads, UnRAR for various platforms, and source. License says "The source code of UnRAR utility is freeware"
  8. ^ "Best Archive Tool - DonationCoder.com". DonationCoder.com. 2005-09-05. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Latest changes in WinRAR (release notes for all versions)". Rarlab.com. New versions added as released. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  10. ^ Jaymar Cabebe (15 June 2012)"WinRAR (32-bit). CNET Editors' Review" CNET. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  11. ^ Jaymar Cabebe (15 June 2012)"WinRAR (64-bit). CNET Editors' Review" CNET. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  12. ^ "WinRAR 5 Final Released" Techno360.in. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Winrar download and support". 
  14. ^ "WinRAR download and support. WinRAR is a powerful Windows tool to compress and decompress zip, rar and many other formats: Knowledge Base". Win-rar.com. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  15. ^ "WinRAR download and support. WinRAR is a powerful Windows tool to compress and decompress zip, rar and many other formats: WinRAR 3.70 beta 1 Released". Win-rar.com. 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  16. ^ "WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files". Rarlab.com. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  17. ^ Serbian Cyrillic and Serbian Latin editions - up to and including 3.92, Valencian edition - up to and including 3.91.
  18. ^ Roshan Karkera (5 January 2013)"Hidden Easter Egg in WinRAR Application" Techie inspire. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  19. ^ RAR1_51.EXE has 'packed color comments' visible in WinRAR.

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