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Main Features

  • Supports all popular compression formats
  • Organizes compressed archives
  • Compresses multimedia files, executables, and object libraries better with a special algorithm
  • Splits archives into multiple volumes
  • Encrypts archives with 256 bit password encryption
  • Allows you to trial for 40 days for free

Software Overview

Screenshot of RARLAB WinRAR 5.90
Screenshot of RARLAB WinRAR 5.90

RARLAB WinRAR is a file archiving utility for Windows. It allows users to compress, encrypt, package, and back up their files. While WinRAR is only available for Windows, it can be run on macOS and Linux using compatibility layer applications like Wine.

WinRAR enables you to efficiently compress and uncompress files in a large number of formats, including .ZIP, .RAR, .TAR.GZ, and .LZH. It utilizes a special compression algorithm that compresses multimedia, executable, and object library files better than standard compression. If you have large file archives, it also allows you to split them into separate volumes to easily store on different disks.

You can view the contents of packages before extracting them to your computer. You can also scan archives for viruses before extracting them, convert archives to different formats, and repair archives.

WinRAR is a good file archiver with special features not available with basic archiving applications. If you need to compress certain files with more efficiency or split large archives, it is a great option.

Primary File Type

rar icon.RARWinRAR Compressed Archive

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.RARWinRAR Compressed Archive
.7Z7-Zip Compressed File
.ACEWinAce Compressed Archive
.ARJARJ Compressed File Archive
.BZ2Bzip2 Compressed File
.EXEWindows Executable File
.FMTWinRAR Format File
.GZGnu Zipped Archive
.HAHA Compressed Archive
.ISODisc Image File
.JARJava Archive
.JGZGzipped Javascript File
.LZHLZH Compressed File
.R0WinRAR Compressed Archive
.REVRAR Recovery Volume Set
.SFXWindows Self-extracting Archive
.TARTape Archive
.TAR.GZCompressed Tarball File
.TBZ2Bzip2-Compressed TAR File
.TGGzip Compressed Tar Archive
.UUEUuencoded File
.XZXZ Compressed Archive
.ZUnix Compressed File
.ZIPZipped File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.APKAndroid Package File
.ARMidtown Madness Data File
.BZBzip Compressed File
.BZIPBzip Compressed Archive
.BZIP2Bzip2 Compressed Archive
.CABWindows Cabinet File
.DAZIPDragon Age: Origins Game File
.ECSSony Ericsson Phone Backup File
.GOOMODWorld of Goo Add-on
.LEMONLemonShare.net Download
.NFLNokia Flash Lite Package
.PETPuppy Linux Install Package
.QUALSOFTCODEJ&ASoft Code Archive File
.R00WinRAR Compressed Archive
.R01WinRAR Split Archive Part 1
.R02WinRAR Split Archive Part 2
.R03WinRAR Split Archive Part 3
.R1WinRAR Multi-Volume Archive Part 1
.R2WinRAR Multi-Volume Archive Part 2
.R21WinRAR Split Archive Part 21
.R30WinRAR Split Archive Part 30
.SCSPrism3D Game Data
.TGZGzipped Tar File
.WARJava Web Archive
.XXEXXEncoded File
Updated 3/30/2020