[Written Review] of WinRAR v5.80.

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  1. tarekma7

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    WinRAR is a powerful windows archiver software that can create compressed files in both RAR and ZIP formats. It can also unpack most known file formats such as RAR, ZIP, ISO, CAB, 7ZIP and many more.

    The program is the best in its category for more than 20 years. This is due to many reasons. For example; small size, easy to use, offer many options, friendly user interface. No doubt it is one of the most popular applications. In addition; you can use it to backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet.

    WinRAR is easier to use when compared to other archivers available on the web. You can do many operations using the right context menu. You can also select the context menu options you need to add.

    The built-in special "Wizard" mode uses a simple question and answer procedure to allow instant access to the basic archiving functions.

    WinRAR offers you the benefit of archive encryption using AES with a key of 256 bits. This adds to the security of your data and archives

    The developer continues the development and implementation of many new features every year. You can use the program in your own language and change the user interface using many themes available

    Compatible with all windows versions including windows 10. For all Android users, the RAR for Android App is available on Google Play. The command line version of WinRAR is also available for Linux, FreeBSD and MAC OS X.

    Homepage:

    http://www.win-rar.com

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    The current version is 5.80 final, released on 11.12.2019

    Download:

    https://www.win-rar.com/download.html?L=0

    Free Trial:

    The program offers you 40 days free trial with all features available. After the trial is over, you need to purchase a license to continue using the program.

    User Interface is very friendly, intuitive and easy to use. You can change the program look through download and use of your favorite themes. There is menu bar with buttons which include all the program features (such as file, command, options, tools...)

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    Change toolbar buttons according to your wish and use. You can also change button size

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    The program can be used in one of two modes

    Archive view: for compressed/archived files

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    File view: for any file /folder on your computer similar to the windows explorer

    The file list view options can be changed using simple right click on the upper toolbar. You will be able to select any options or remove others according to your wish

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    Multilingual support:

    WinRAR is available in more than 50 languages. This will let you enjor your favorite app in your own language

    WinRAR Menus:

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    Features:

    Supports all popular compression formats such as RAR, ZIP and non RAR archives including; CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip.

    Using solid archiving; it can raise compression ratio by 10% - 50% over more common methods

    Combine files split to multiple parts with .001, .002, ... extensions.

    Efficient, secure, fast and save disk space

    Split archives into separate volumes which is useful in many conditions as large sized files and save on several disks.

    Shell Integration

    Support for drag and drop feature and wizard tool

    Create self-extracting archives through the built in SFX tool

    Available in two forms; graphic interactive interface and command line interface

    Recovery record and recovery volumes allow to reconstruct even physically damaged archives

    Fast email transmission and send many attached files in small size

    Support multimedia files: automatically recognizes and selects the best compression

    Uses CRC32 and BLAKE2 checksums to check the integrity of each file in the archive

    Backup your data

    Supports encryption (256-bit password) to secure your files against unauthorized access

    Small size with easy to use with friendly, skinny user interface

    Minimal system requirements, Compatible with windows 10 and available in both 32 and 64 versions

    New Features in WinRAR 5.80:

    "Preserve source files last access time" option on "Time" page of archiving dialog permits to preserve the original last access time of archiving files.

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    Archiving speed for large NTFS alternate data streams on multi-core CPUs is increased.

    Previously "Test" command failed to check integrity of archived NTFS alternate data streams and issued "Unknown data header format" warning if size of such stream exceeded 16 MB. This limitation is removed now.

    "Find" command:

    a) when extracting encrypted files directly from "Search results" dialog, password prompt was issued for every found file even if all files belonged to same archive. Now password is requested only once per archive;

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    b) Ctrl+A hotkey selects all files in "Search results"

    Previous versions did not allow to use Ctrl+W shortcut to close WinRAR when comment window had keyboard focus. Now Ctrl+W works also from comment window;

    Maximum path length for files in 7z archives is increased up to 2048 characters. While such lengthy paths were already supported for RAR and ZIP formats, previous versions limited the path length to 260 characters for 7z archives.

    If archive or file name is too lengthy to fit to archiving or extraction progress window, it is truncated, thus removing the path component and symbols in the middle, but preserving beginning of file name and file extension.

    If files selected for archiving differ only by extension, a proposed archive name is based on their name part. For example, archiving dialog will propose Readme.rar if we selected Readme.txt and Readme.doc. Previous versions always generated the archive name based on parent folder name for several selected files.

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    "Symlink" and "Hardlink" is diplayed in "Type" column for symlink and hardlink records in .tar archives. Previous versions displayed this only in .rar archives.

    Copying and pasting files from large archives could fail if extraction took a lot of time. This version can paste files from such archives as well, but we have to start extraction already on"Copy" command and not on "Paste" to achieve this.

    "Set font..." button in "Settings/File list" also changes the folder tree panel font. Previously it changed only the file list font.

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    "File list/Files/Exact sizes" option also changes the file size format in WinRAR status bar.

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    Many improvements and new features in the command tools

    Similarly to RAR5 volumes, recovery volumes in RAR4 format use the same width of volume number field as corresponding RAR volumes. While previously WinRAR could create arc.part01.rar and arc.part1.rev in RAR4 format, now both types of volumes will use "part01".

    Key Features:

    Archiving (Compression):

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    You can quickly add any files or folders to an archive. The process is very easy and can be completed using the right context menu or from within the application using the built-in browser

    This will save you disk 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). It supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is unlimited.

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    WinRAR is ideal for multimedia files and it automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method.

    You can also add files to an existing archive. This can be easily done using drag and drop feature

    Compression options:

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    General options: save location, archive name, split size and encryption with password.

    In addition, the program has many compression methods that can be specified by the user. These include normal (default), good, best, fast and fastest. You can also specify the profile, update mode, archive format and many advanced options, for example test archive, lock archive, delete after archiving and so on.

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    Advanced features,

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    Options: (delete mode, archive features and quick open information)

    Files: for example add, exclude, store without compression, file path

    Backup options

    Time: file time to store, file time to process and archive time

    Comments: You can add any comment to your archive, either manually or from a file

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    RAR5 Default Archive format:

    When users archive or share files, they will benefit from an outstanding compression ratio and fast compression rate to save space and bandwidth. WinRAR and command line RAR use RAR 5.0 archive format by default. The user can change it to RAR 4.x compatible format with "RAR4" option in archiving dialog.

    Drag and Drop Feature

    This feature helps users to easily add files to an existing archive or extract some of the archive contents outside

    Split archives:

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    WinRAR allows you to split archives into separate volumes easily, making it possible to save them on several disks for example. It will be easier to send via email attachments

    Open and Extraction of an archive:

    Using the program, you can open and decompress any supported archive format using one of these options:

    If WinRAR was associated with archives during or after installation, double-click or press enter on the archive name in the Windows shell (Explorer or Desktop).

    Double-click or press enter on the archive name in the WinRAR window;

    Drag-and-drop an archive to the WinRAR icon or window.

    Run WinRAR from the command line with a single parameter - the archive name.

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    Encryption and Security:

    You can encrypt your files with 256-bit strong encryption feature. It is available with RAR5 format. This feature which offers good protection of your files against any unauthorized access. The process is very easy, simply use password button during creation of archives or for any existing archive on your computer. RAR passwords are stored in password manager “organize passwords button” and protected using master password

    You will need the password to decompress your protected archive. The decompression dialog of password protected archives has been improved. If a wrong password has been entered when unpacking an encrypted RAR5 archive, WinRAR now proposes to enter a valid password for the same file instead of aborting extraction.

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    The security of other compression file formats has also been improved. WinRAR uses AES-256 by default in CTR mode to encrypt ZIP archives as it is significantly more secure than the ZIP 2.0 legacy encryption algorithm.

    Shell integration
    : so that you can use most of the program features via right context menu options and you can specify the options you want using the program settings. For example: You can extract, add to archive and many more

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    SFX tool :

    This tool was created aiming to prepare self-extracting archives which lets you send compressed files to any user with no archiving software. The user can extract the contents easily with no archiving software installed on his computer.

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    Wizards Feature:

    This is a built-in tool which offers you a simple dialogue to start any of the archiving features you need in a simple easy way. Users can create new archive or unpack (extract) any archive on your computer or add files to already present archive. Simply; select one of the three options available and go with simple steps to complete.

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    Recovery record and recovery volumes:

    This feature allows to reconstruct even physically damaged archives. When you compress data, for example music files, into .rar files, you can choose the option add “Recovery Record” to the .rar files. You can choose from 1 to 10 percent. The number indicates the percentage of the Recovery Record size of the archive.

    Benchmark option:

    This built-in feature lets you may compare performance of RAR compression algorithm on different computers. For example, when you need to choose a new computer and wish to know which one will compress data faster

    Generate report:

    First choose an archive then specify some parameters as the destination, send to printer, send to clipboard, format type (text or html), sort order and finally generate report.

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    Protect archive from damage using the option located in command menu. You can select to disable modifications. This supports RAR format only

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    Integrated virus scan:

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    With the growing threats, ransomware and viruses, you need to scan any archives downloaded or received from a friend against viruses. This is easy to do using the integrated virus scan available in WinRAR. All you need to do is to specify security software to automatically scan compressed files for any threats

    Search feature:

    You can easily find any files you need whether in an archive or in folders, drives or whole hard drive

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    Test and repair of archives:

    This tool is very useful specially if you have some corrupted or damaged archives that include important information and data. You can repair these archives and get your information back. You will not lose any important information.

    Import and Export:

    WinRAR allows the user to import and export configuration; settings using Options menu then click Import and Export

    Create WinRAR.ini file:

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    This built-in feature allows you to create a new WinRAR.ini file. The existing WinRAR settings will be copied to this file.

    Convert archives:

    WinRAR supports conversion of compressed files from one to another supported formats. This feature is available under tools menu. Simply add the file you want to convert then select the output format from the available list and specify the save location.

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    Get information about the archive:

    You can get all information you need about the archive thanks to this feature.

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    Add comment:

    You can add any comments to your archive.

    WinRAR Settings:

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    Settings are located under Option Menu. These are categorized under 7 buttons:

    General settings include the options that control toolbar, buttons, system, history, interface, logging

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    Compression: include the options for file compression such as compression profiles, split volume sized, default folder for archives, default folder for extracted files,

    Path: include folder for temporary files (used with removable disc) and start up folder

    File list: list type, style, files, selection and set font

    Viewer: Viewer type (Internal or external or associated program or ask), internal viewer options, external viewer name.

    Security options as file types excluded from extraction, wipe temporary files and virus scanner

    Integration options include the file types associated with the program, shell integration, Interface (add to desktop, start menu or create program WinRAR group) and context menu items.

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    Conclusion:

    WinRAR is a powerful easy to use archiving solution that offers professional tools to compress and extract files, efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission. It provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives. It is compatible with most formats you will need. You can use it to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, XZ, Z archives. It is small size with friendly user interface

    Important Links:

    Support:
    https://www.win-rar.com/support.html?L=0

    New Features:
    https://www.win-rar.com/whatsnew.html?&L=0

    FAQs:
    https://www.win-rar.com/faq.html?&L=0
     
  2. CHEF-KOCH

    CHEF-KOCH MDL Expert

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    It's not a review it's a program info with some false information in it.

    No you don't, you can just click away the popup and use it without limitations. Winrar is actually one of the few programs which "tolerates" warez. It does not actively implement lots of anti-crack methods, which means old and leaked key files on the internet also work (which basically then only hides the popup and writes the "licensed" information, other than that there are no changes).

    This is for portable reasons only, it does not create a .ini file if the program was installed.

    I'm not sure why you put a versions tag in the title, most what you described fits for every WinRAR version.
     
  3. usermydigitallyfe

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    Thanks for the great review!
     
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  4. ultimo404

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    Thanks for the review tarek!
     
  5. dinosaur07

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    Thanks for another great review!
    :worthy:
     
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  6. LinHongJun

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    Thanks for good review.
     
  7. alexyu

    alexyu MDL Novice

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    Very thorough review, thanks.
     
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  9. NST_Adventure

    NST_Adventure MDL Addicted

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    Haha After I Know that Winrar Allows Us to Use Its Products After 40 Days I always use and Now Time To Have Fun YAY (Msg Are Translated By Google Translate Thank You For Assistance Google Translate)
     
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  10. sterchin

    sterchin MDL Member

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    Very good review. Thank you.
     
  11. Zamber

    Zamber MDL Member

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    Very good review, thanks!
     
  12. el_zari

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    Thanks for the review, it´s excelent.

    Regards.
     
  13. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Expert

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    :g: what can i say to this `review`? thanks for the garbage??:D
    there is absolutely no need to use winrar; 7-zip is free and a lot better!
     
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  14. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Just because they want you to buy their product for their work does not mean this is "garbage" I have WinRAR and I have been using it for more than 10 yrs. I paid for it one time and I can still get the current updates, to the latest versions. I think WinRAR is a very good product for what you pay, and it works flawlessly.
     
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  15. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Expert

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    you may be a satisfied customer, but that is about the software; it does not necessarily apply to this `review`.. and besides; why pay for some software that does the same things that you can get for free?
     
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  16. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    There is nothing wrong with open source and free software.
    But you should not make claims that some software is "garbage" just because your asked to pay for it.

    (This excludes Windows from Microsoft, Which Windows 10 really is garbage))
     
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  17. Michaela Joy

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    As a developer I resent what you've done here.

    You deprived some programmer of the ability to make a few bucks to help
    offset the NRE cost of Winrar development.

    IMHO, what you've done is tantamount to piracy, and I have reported the post
     
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  18. Michaela Joy

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    nodnar is right. two things about that so called "review" bother me.

    1 ) It doesn't say a single word about the OP's experience with WinRAR.

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    2 ) That much text and graphics should be placed between spoiler tags.

    @tarekma7: Was it easy for you to use? Did it ever ruin an archive on you?

    To me, WinRAR is "Industrial strength" code, designed for mission critical applications.
    I've used it for many years, and never had a problem with it.

    What more can you say about a "tried and true" app like WinRAR.
     
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  19. tarekma7

    tarekma7 MDL Member

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    Thanks for your suggestion, I will add this in future reviews. Sure I tried WinRAR and it is one of my favorite apps, I am using it for many years and never have any problem
     
  20. dinosaur07

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    @Michaela Joy : sorry for my intervention, i just want to ask you something: what kind of software do you develop? Thanks in advance for your reply.
     
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