WinRAR is a shareware file archiver and data compression utility developed by Eugene Roshal and distributed by Alexander Roshal, first released in autumn of 1993. It uses the RAR archive file format, proprietary to its developer, and can also create archives in the ZIP format. WinRAR runs under Microsoft Windows in GUI mode; there are command-line versions, called "RAR", for Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows console mode, and MS-DOS. From version 5, a new archive format, RAR5, is supported, incompatible with the previous one, but also using file extension .RAR. With the introduction of RAR5, the older format is referred to as RAR4. The new version can open and create RAR4 archives, but older versions do not support RAR5 archives.
File Size: 3.35 MB
- Support for its own RAR and ZIP archives, and unpacking of ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, EXE, 7z, Z, and xz archives.
- Multithreaded compression
- The ability to create self-extracting and multi-volume (split) archives.
- Data redundancy is provided in the form of recovery records and recovery volumes, allowing reconstruction of damaged archives.
- Support for advanced NTFS file system options
- Unicode in file names.
- Archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a 256-bit key.