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Mission: It is our goal to establish RAR as the standard compression tool making expert knowledge available for everyday use.
We work on making RAR known to every computer user and further extending the user base. We are dedicated to offering quality support to our customers and to constantly improving our software according to customer needs.

Vision: It is our vision to:

  • have RAR pre-installed on every rewritable storage device
  • have extensive coverage of RAR in online and printed press
  • have RAR available in every written language
  • have a RAR sales representative in every country
  • unify our international sales efforts
  • always stay the most innovative compression software
  • make sure every user is able to use our software easily and intuitively
  • keep RAR the dominantly used standard in file-sharing networks
  • have as many .rar files for downloads in the Internet as possible
  • protect RAR and WinRAR copyright and trademarks

Being founded on 20.02.2002 win.rar GmbH - the official publisher for RARLAB products - handles all support, marketing and sales related to WinRAR & since 01.04.2002.

WinRAR - at a glance

WinRAR is a 32/64-bit Windows version of the RAR Archiver, the powerful archiver and archive manager. RAR files can usually compress content up to 30 percent more effectively than ZIP files. WinRAR’s most important functions include extremely powerful document and multimedia file compression, processing of other archive formats, long filename support, programmable self-extracting archives (SFK), damaged archive repair, authenticity verification, embedded file comments, and archive encryption. The command line version of RAR is available for Linux, DOS, OS/2, FreeBSD and MAC OS X. Pocket RAR, the free WinRAR version for Pocket PCs, WinRAR for U3, and the new WinRAR Unplugged complete the WinRAR product range.

  • WinRAR is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.
  • WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression. By consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often faster than the competition. This will save you disc 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).
  • WinRAR is ideal for multimedia files. WinRAR automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method. The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries particularly well.
  • WinRAR allows you to split archives into separate volumes easily, making it possible to save them on several disks for example.
  • WinRAR is also ideal, if you are sending data through the web. Its 128 bit password encryption and its authenticated signature technology will give you the peace of mind you have been looking for.
  • WinRAR is shareware, meaning you have the chance to thoroughly test it. The program can be used absolutely free of charge for 40 days!
  • WinRAR licenses are valid for all available language and platform versions. If you have purchased several licenses, you can even mix versions to meet your own personal needs.
  • WinRAR / WinZIP comparison

WinRAR 4.0 released

The latest version of WinRAR will decompress multimedia files 30% quicker, saves used archive passwords for re-utilization and offers optimized Unicode support.

win.rar GmbH and Rarlab introduced the first beta version of WinRAR 4.0. The world´s leading compression software now works faster. Depending on data type, decompression can be up to 30% faster than in previous versions. With the newly integrated password manager, users are able to have their favourite archive encoding passwords saved for future follow ups. Even better, the software´s Unicode support has been optimized.

30% faster decompression
Thanks to the accelerated decompression via RAR Algorithm, users can now extract their files 30% faster than the previous WinRAR versions. Especially those users who normally work with large video or digital picture files will have something to look forward to since the change of the extracting speed is most noticeable in the multimedia files extraction.

The new password manager to save frequently used passwords
WinRAR made it possible for users to encode and tag their archives with passwords. With the new “password organizer” function, for the first time ever, users can define and save their frequently used passwords.

This way, the password could be applied and retrieved easily and comfortably at any time for file extracting purposes. Even better, users can also extract several different files at the same time as long as they are encrypted with the same password. Should there be no password entered, WinRAR will automatically skip all encoded archives during the compression process.

Improved Unicode Support
Another highlight of the new WinRAR version is the numerous improvements in the Unicode support. For example, WinRAR 4.0 now supports non-English file names. Noticeable improvement can be seen in WinRAR in "Rename", "Convert", "Find" and other commands, in the folder tree panel, in password request dialog and in many other parts of WinRAR interface. Moreover, messages can now be delivered in HTML or Unicode text files.

Further important innovations of WinRAR 4.0

  • A better Blu-ray Support: UDF support has been upgraded to UDF 2.50 revision. It makes it possible to unpack most Blue-ray ISO files. While browsing the UDF ISO file, UDF revision number is displayed after the "UDF" format name in WinRAR address tool bar and in archive information´s pop up window.
  • Optional password display: via analogous password dialogue in the packing and unpacking process, passwords now can be visible during both processes.
  • Message list in GUI SFX archives only displays the operation status and error messages. It does not contain the names of all extracted files anymore. This change improves the extracting speed process and reduces memory capacity for SFX archives containing a large number of files. Also, it makes it easier to locate error messages since they are not hidden among the extracted file names.
  • At a glance: if an archive with recovery records (retrieval information) and recovery volumes are being processed, WinRAR 4.0 will show the processing status in percentage.

More information about more than 20 innovations and fixed bugs in WinRAR 4.0 can be found at

WinRAR distinguishes itself through the high compression rate and offers all the advantages of the RAR formats, such as: solid archive system and split archives, recovery records, selfextracting archive, converting functionality for archive and plenty of security options. At the same time, the program could run smoothly, while using minimal disk space. Apart from the RAR format, WinRAR also supports a long list of non-RAR formats, as well as ZIP format, and therefore offers the best compatibility in its class.

Another tip for all Windows-64-Bit-users: it is highly recommended to install the WinRAR 64 Bit version. It is faster, and offers a better integration than the 32-Bit version. WinRAR´s compression speed under Windows Vista and Windows 7 or any other multi-core-system with more than one main processor would be increased considerably.

The new version of WinRAR 4.0 is available for download here:

WinRAR is available in more than 40 different languages and compatible with Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/2008/Windows7. The command line version of WinRAR is also available for Linux, DOS, OS/2, FreeBSD und MAC OS X.

The previous version WinRAR 3.93 will continue supporting Windows 95/98/ME/NT.

You can find the screenshots here:

WinRAR 4.00 Final released:

WinRAR - What's new in the latest version 4.0

  1. RAR decompression speed is improved. Depending on data type, decompression can be up to 30 faster than in previous versions. Both the general RAR algorithm and most of special RAR multimedia methods benefit from this improvement. The only module of RAR algorithm, which is not affected, is "Text compression" method.
  2. Changes in ISO support:
    a) UDF support is upgraded to UDF 2.50 revision. It makes possible to unpack most of Blu-ray ISO files;
    b) when browsing UDF ISO file, UDF revision number is displayed after the "UDF" format name in WinRAR address bar and in archive information dialog;
    c) WinRAR sets the folder modification date when unpacking folders stored in UDF and ISO9660 files.
  3. Changes in password dialog:
    a) WinRAR uses the same format of password dialog both when archiving and extracting, so "Show password" option is available also when extracting;
    b) "Organize passwords..." button in password dialog provides access to password organizer interface, where you can specify your frequently used passwords. You will be able to access these saved passwords using the drop down list or autocomplete feature in password dialog. It is important to know that saved passwords are not encrypted and anybody having access to your computer can view them. Use "Organize passwords" feature only if your computer is protected from unauthorized access;
    c) "Use for all archives" option is available in password dialog when unpacking several archives at once. You can utilize it to apply an entered password to all archives. If you use this option with an empty password, WinRAR will skip all encrypted archives;
    d) Unlike previous versions, the password from default compression profile is not used for extraction. If you wish to use the same password for all extracting archives, press "Organize passwords..." button in the password dialog and define a new password entry, specifying "*" file mask in "Select for archives" field.
  4. In Windows 7 WinRAR will display the total operation progress also on WinRAR icon on Windows taskbar. You can disable it using "Taskbar progress bar" option on "General" page of WinRAR settings.
  5. Numerous Unicode support improvements allow to process non-English file names more smoothly. These improvements include:
    a) better Unicode handling in WinRAR in "Rename", "Convert", "Find" and other commands, in folder tree panel, in password request dialog and in many other parts of WinRAR interface;
    b) correctly displayed Unicode names in WinRAR items in Explorer context menus;
    c) Unicode support in .lng files, making WinRAR localization possible for Unicode only languages.
  6. Changes in -x switch syntax. Now you can specify a wildcard exclusion mask for folders. Such mask must have the trailing '\' character, like -x*tmp*\ or -x*\temp
  7. New "Extract relative paths" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog. If you browse some archive subfolder in WinRAR shell and enable "Extract relative paths" option, the path part up to and including the current subfolder will be removed from extracted file paths.

    For example, if you are inside of "Backup\MyData" archive folder and extract "Images" folder, it will be extracted as "Images", not as "Backup\MyData\Images".

    This option is the new default extraction mode, but you can change the default back to WinRAR 3.x style. Just select "Extract full paths" and then press "Save settings" in "General" part of extraction dialog.
  8. Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows NT are not supported by WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules anymore. Minimum Windows version required for WinRAR 4.0 is Windows 2000. If you need to run WinRAR on older Windows, you can download previous WinRAR versions from
  9. If TAR, TAR.GZ or TAR.BZ2 archive contains symbolic or hard links and if destination file system is NTFS, WinRAR will create these links when unpacking such archive. WinRAR will create symbolic links as symbolic and hard links as hard in Windows Vista and newer and it will create all links as hard in older Windows.
    If destination file system is FAT32 or any other not supporting file links, WinRAR will skip links when unpacking TAR, TAR.GZ and TAR.BZ2 archives.
  10. Recovery volume processing involves less disk seek operations resulting in higher performance.
  11. You can select Windows 7 library in tree panel in extraction dialog and WinRAR will use its default save location as the destination path.
  12. "Report" command allows to select HTML, Unicode text and usual text as output format for report file. Unlike previous WinRAR versions, now WinRAR preservers Unicode characters in reports when using HTML or Unicode text format. So non-English characters in file names will be displayed properly in such reports.
  13. Message list in GUI SFX archives displays only operation status and error messages. It does not contain names of all extracted files anymore. This change improves the speed and reduces memory requirements for SFX archives containing a large number of files. Also it makes easier to locate error messages, because they are not hidden among extracted file names.
  14. GUI SFX archives display "Extract" button instead of "Install" if no "Setup" or "Presetup" commands are present in the archive comment. If you prefer "Install" button, but do not need to execute any setup programs, you can add "Setup=<>" command.
  15. WinRAR displays the current percent above the operation progress bar when repairing an archive containing the recovery record and when processing recovery volumes.
  16. WinRAR limits the maximum possible volume size to 4 GB minus 1 byte when creating RAR volumes on a disk with FAT or FAT32 file system in volume size autodetecting mode. These file systems do not support 4 GB and larger files.
  17. If "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option is enabled and WinRAR waits for another copy, you can press "Continue" button in command progress window to force WinRAR to stop waiting. So now "Continue" button allows to override the state of "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option for current operation.
  18. WinRAR displays one password request instead of two, when saving an encrypted file back to RAR or ZIP archive after modifying it in some external editor. Previous WinRAR versions usually requested the password twice, both when extracting the original file and archiving its modified copy. Only RAR archives with encrypted file names were processed with the single password prompt.
  19. New error code 10 ("no files") is added to list of error codes returned in command line mode by RAR and WinRAR. This new code can be returned by archive, extract, delete and repair commands. It means that RAR did not find any files matched the specified file or archive mask.
  20. File name area in file overwrite dialog occupies several lines now. It makes possible to display much longer names.
  21. Now switch -ep3 converts not only disk letters, but also UNC paths. So \\server\share will be converted to __server\share when archiving and restored to the original \\server\share when extracting with -ep3.
  22. New "Background extraction" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog places WinRAR into background, when extracting files. You can save its default state with "Save settings" button in "General" part of extraction dialog, just like for other extraction options. "Background archiving" option from the default compression profile does not affect the extraction behavior anymore.
  23. "Mode..." button in operation progress window is enabled also when extracting or testing archives. It provides access to "Command parameters" dialog, where you can set "Turn PC off when done" option for extraction and test operations. Previously this dialog was accessible only when archiving.
  24. Bugs fixed:

    a) renaming a file in archive could also rename all other files with the same name in other folders of the same archive;

    b) previous versions displayed the wrong total packed size in "Info" command for multivolume CAB archives;

    c) in ZIP archives 'U' (update) and 'F' (fresh) commands could erroneously update even files not specified in the command line. It happened only for files in current folder which names matched files in ZIP archive. This bug was not present in usual 'A' (add) archiving mode. Find attached our Press Release.

This list of frequently asked questions will most likely contain the answer to your question and it is just a mouse click away.

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  Knowledge Base
Our knowledge base contains 44 categories and 210 articles for all kinds of information about WinRAR.

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  WinRAR Guides
At the moment we offer guides on installing WinRAR, using the wizard, creating split archives, password protecting an archive and explaining the meaning of solid archive.

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WinRAR Annual Maintenance Package (WAMP)

We would like to inform you that we have now implemented the WinRAR Annual Maintenance Package (WAMP). We have tested this additional service and got very positive results. More and more customers are asking for a maintenance product. Therefore, we have decided to add it for you.

It is important to note that the WinRAR maintenance package is an optional service and customers will have the choice to include it or not in their purchase. This is what the package contains:

  • upgrade assurance for future WinRAR versions

  • priority e-mail support and lost key support.

Pls note, it has been our policy to offer future upgrades and updates for free to our users. Although we do not intend to change that in the near future, there are no guarantees or real assurance for how long the current policy will continue. The first item in the maintenance package takes care of this uncertainty and guarantees customers all new RAR versions, released during the period covered by the subscription.

The second point, priority e-mail support, simply guarantees that any request coming from a customer, who has purchased WAMP, receives a priority treatment. When the support is handled by us (as is in orders handled directly by win.rar GmbH), we have a dedicated e-mail for that: In case, the customers have lost their keys. With the WAMP, we can resend the key to them without any extra charge.

Q 1: What is the WinRAR Annual Maintenance Package and what does it include?

Answer: The WAMP is an optional service and customers will have the choice whether or not to include it in their purchase. The package contains the following:

- Upgrade assurance for future WinRAR versions

- Priority e-mail support and lost key support

Q 2: Do WinRAR registered customers have to pay for upgrades if they do not purchase the WAMP?

Answer: For the time being, we offer our regular registered users free upgrades and updates.

Q 3: If you still offer free upgrades, why should customers purchase WAMP?

Answer: Although we still offer free upgrades, there is no guarantee as to how long the current policy will continue. The first item in the maintenance package eliminates this uncertainty and guarantees customers all new RAR versions released during the period covered by the subscription.

Q 4: How the customers have support when purchased WAMP within 48 hours?

Answer: For customers who have purchased the WAMP, they can contact directly and their requests will be handled within 48 hours. However, if they contact you for any support question, you simply forward your requests to Please note that we can support customers only in English and German languages. 

Q 5: Can customers who have purchased WinRAR earlier still buy WAMP later?

Answer: Yes, of course. Customers interested in this service can order it directly from their local resellers.


Tech Tip: Do you know about WinRAR Backup Function??

What is a backup?

In information technology, backup refers to making copies of data so that these additional copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss event. These additional copies are typically called "backups."

Backups are useful primarily for two purposes. The first is to restore a state following a disaster (called disaster recovery). The second is to restore small numbers of files after they have been accidentally deleted or corrupted.

Backup with WinRAR

  • Select the files you want to backup and compress them into one archive.
  • Choose your settings and save them in a separate profile, which you can use multiple times. Here is one example. The settings don't have to be the same as in the example.

You can modify your profile the way you want it to be: set and combine rules how to backup your files.

  • Add only files older or newer then ("Time")
  • Add only files, which are modified after a special date ("Time")
  • Add only files which are larger than 100 MB (command line only)
  • Store already compressed files (ZIP, RAR, JPG, AVI.) ("Files")
  • Add only files with attribute "Archive" set ("Backup")
  • etc.
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