WinRAR (64-bit) 5.30 Fileforum Pick

4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 (277 votes)


Windows 7/2000/Server 2003/Vista/XP / Shareware / 138,439 downloads

RAR is a general purpose archiving and compression program competing with/replacing programs such as PKZip, ARJ, and others. It offers significantly improved compression ratios, easier use and a cheaper price as well as supporting long file names, disk spanning, and self-extracting file creation.

You can also try RAR for Mac OS X, Linux, or FreeBSD.

Reviews of WinRAR (64-bit)

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.30 Beta 5 (Oct 10, 2015)

    New in version 5.30 beta 5

    1. Information about the critical vulnerability in WinRAR self-extracting
    archives recently published in news is incorrect. Unfortunately
    mass media failed to recognize that what was described as WinRAR
    vulnerability is Windows OLE vulnerability patched in November 2014:


    Even if unpatched, this Windows OLE vulnerability does not introduce
    new risk factors for WinRAR SFX archives.

    Please read for more details.

    No patches for WinRAR are needed.

    2. "Import/Export" commands:

    a) WinRAR performs the additional validation of Settings.reg contents
    for "Import settings from file" command to prevent importing Registry
    keys unrelated to WinRAR settings;

    b) WinRAR specifies the full path to regedit.exe tool to prevent
    running copies of "regedit" from other folders.

    3. Bugs fixed:

    a) If 'file' and 'file.exe' were present in the same folder
    and user double clicked on 'file', WinRAR could start 'file.exe'

    b) "Generate report" command could create a report in wrong folder,
    not that with selected files;

    c) RAR could crash when unpacking .rar archives with corrupt file
    headers. Fixed now.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.30 Beta 5 (Oct 10, 2015)

    Simply the best compression tool available on all major platforms. Besides a great compression ratio there's a wealth of command line options so it can be used for virtually everything like in a backup script. The fact that the program is 20 years old and is still maintained is also a testament of it's excellence.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.30 Beta 1 (Jul 20, 2015)

    What's new in version 5.30 beta 1

    1. Added extraction of multipart ZIP archives created by 7-Zip.
    Such archives have .zip.001, .zip.002, ... file extensions.
    You need to open .zip.001 file in WinRAR shell to browse
    or unpack such archive. All parts must be stored in the same folder
    before starting extraction.

    2. Added extraction of files split to multiple parts with .001,
    .002, ..., extensions. You can open .001 file as a usual archive
    and then unpack its contents. WinRAR will combine all parts
    and save them to extracted file. All parts must be stored
    in the same folder before starting extraction.

    "001" item is included to "Associate WinRAR with" list
    in "Settings/Integration" dialog.

    3. WinRAR file list allows to use mouse Back and Forward buttons
    or Alt+Left and Alt+Right keyboard shortcuts to navigate
    in recently visited folders.

    4. Folder wildcards are allowed in RAR command line in file names to
    archive. For example:

    rar a backup c:\backup\2015*\*

    Recursion is enabled automatically for such folder wildcards
    even if -r switch is not specified.

    5. "Extract" button in SFX archive is changed to "Pause" when extraction
    is started, so it is possible to pause SFX extraction and resume it

    6. "Skip encrypted" option in "Find files" dialog to silently skip
    encrypted archives while performing search command.

    7. Archive test command works for tar.gz, tar.bz2 and tar.xz archives.
    Since TAR format does not provide file data checksums, WinRAR checks
    only validity of GZIP, BZIP2 or XZ container.

    8. Adding a new string to WinRAR diagnostic messages window could be
    slow and affect the operation performance in case of thousands
    of errors. Now it works fast regardless of errors number.

    9. New 'R' object for -sc switch defines encoding of console
    RAR messages sent to redirected files and pipes. For example:

    rar lb -scur data > list.txt

    will produce Unicode list.txt with archived file names.

    10. Sleep time parameter in -ri[:] switch is
    adjusted to lower its impact to RAR performance and especially
    to recovery record related operations. Higher sleep time values
    are needed to reduce the system load to same level as
    in previous versions.

    11. Console RAR "l" and "v" commands display file time in YYYY-MM-DD

    12. When extracting RAR and ZIP archives created in Unix, WinRAR maps
    decomposed Unicode characters to precomposed. Such conversion
    is required for some Unix and OS X archives to correctly unpack
    non-English archived names in Windows. It works for Windows versions
    starting from Windows Vista.

    13. Modification time is set for all folders created when unpacking
    .7z archives. Previous versions set it only for non-empty folders.

    14. WinRAR prevents a computer to go to sleep by inactivity timeout
    until current operation, such as archiving, extraction or another
    archive processing, is done.

    15. Total progress bar is displayed when extracting .arj, .lzh and .cab
    archives (except multivolume archives).

    16. Progress bar is displayed when deleting files after archiving
    and when clearing "Archive" attribute of archived files.

    17. "Test" command also verifies contents of NTFS alternate data streams
    in RAR 3.x - 5.x archives. Previously their contents was checked
    only during extraction command.

    18. Bugs fixed:

    a) console RAR crashed instead of displaying an overwrite prompt
    when attempting to add files to already existing volumes;

    b) console RAR "lt" command did not display seconds in file timestamp;

    c) WinRAR failed to decompress .xxe files if they did not include
    "section N of xxencode" string in the body;

    d) RAR could not restore contents of NTFS alternate data stream
    saved with -os switch if it was split between different volumes.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.20 (Dec 19, 2014)

    WinRAR has an option for file recovery records to protect against bit rot and transmission errors, unlike ZIP and 7z (7-zip) file formats.

    Yes, a person can use MultiPAR to create PAR2 recovery files, but they aren't integrated into the archive file like RAR file format.

    WinRAR works great. I purchased a licence over 10 years ago and it still works for the latest version of WinRAR.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 5.00 Beta 8 (Aug 5, 2013)

    great program ! one of the best in it's class but I will stay with 7zip my top pick..

Discuss WinRAR (64-bit)

  1. Jun 11, 2009 - 7:51 AM

    anyone tested 64bit vs 32bit speeds?