[Written review] WinRAR 5.60: Updated Review

Discussion in 'Giveaways and Contests' started by tarekma7, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. tarekma7

    tarekma7 MDL Member

    Sep 28, 2012

    WinRAR is the powerful archiver and archive manager that WinRAR helps you to back up your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

    The main features of WinRAR include very powerful compression of document and multimedia files, file encryption, processing of other archive formats, programmable self-extracting (SFX) archives. In addition, it helps to repair damaged archives.

    The current update of WinRAR lets you enjoy a unique new design user interace, many new features and improved usability



    System Requirements:

    Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Windows Vista. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported

    Android users, the RAR App is available on Google Play.

    The command line version of WinRAR is also available for Linux, FreeBSD and MAC OS X.

    User Interface:

    The user interface is very friendly and easy to use with new icon set and toolbar


    You can change the program interface using the themes available here. These themes lets users modify WinRAR icons.

    MultiLnaguage Support:
    WinRAR is available in more than 40 languages


    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.
    Best Compression to speed ratio
    Combine files split to multiple parts with .001, .002, ... extensions.
    Integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.
    Efficient, secure, fast and save disk space
    Using solid archiving; it can raise compression ratio by 10% - 50% over more common methods
    Helps you to split archives into separate volumes easily This is useful in many conditions as large sized files and save on several disks.
    Easy to use and user friendly
    Support right mouse click context menu
    Accepted in all countries using Unicode
    Helps you in fast email transmission and enables you to send many attached files
    Support multimedia files: automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method.
    Highly sophisticated, original compression algorithm optimized for text, audio, graphics
    Shell Integration with support for drag and drop feature and wizard tool
    Create self-extracting archives through the built in SFX tool
    Integrated virus scan
    Integrated search feature
    Available in two forms; graphic interactive interface and command line interface
    Recovery record and recovery volumes allow to reconstruct even physically damaged archives
    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
    Easy to use with friendly user interface
    Minimal system requirements
    Compatible with windows 10
    Supports both 32 and 64 versions
    Customizable interface with support for many themes.

    What are the new features in WinRAR 5.60?

    Updated WinRAR graphic: WinRAR uses a completely new icon set and toolbar design prepared by Aditya Nugraha Putra.
    The look of the info dialog has also been modernized.
    The compression ratio graph has been refreshed,
    "Turn PC off when done" archiving option is changed to "When done" drop down list, so you can turn off, hibernate or sleep your PC after completing archiving.


    The "Repair" command efficiency has been improved for recovery record protected RAR5 archives. It can detect deletions and insertions of unlimited size as well as shuffled data, including data taken from several recovery record protected archives and merge them into a single file in arbitrary order.
    The usability of the decompression password dialogue has also seen some improvements. Now, if a wrong password for password protected RAR files with encrypted file names is inserted, WinRAR will propose a valid password instead of simply aborting the extraction process.
    Names and Data is now displayed in the "Encryption" field for archives with encrypted file names.
    The full archive name is now displayed when the mouse is placed over an archive in the operation progress window. This is useful for users who handle archives with lengthy archive names that do not fit into the available window space.
    Archiving commands are always displayed for specific file types (even if archives).

    Discussion of Main features and uses:

    Management of archives:

    If you have archives you can easily open, extract, test or repair using WinRAR. You can also encrypt archives

    SFX tool : This tool is very useful for you. It lets you easily create self-extracting archives that can be sent to any user with no archiving software needed to extract the contents.


    File Compression:

    You easily compress any file using either the program interface or right context menu. There are many compression options available for you to select from. For example:profile, archiving format, backup options, archiving options, advanced, update mode, compression method, password and encryption, add comments and many other options


    You can also split large files into smaller archives that will be extracted into a single file easily.

    Formats Supported:

    WinRAR supports all popular compression formats (RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip). WinRAR supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.

    File converter: you can convert archives from a specific format to other supported one



    Using this tool, you will protect your files against any unauthorized access. You can easily set password to encrypt your files with 256-bit strong encryption during archive creation. The same can be done for any existing archive. Master password is present to protect your passwords


    Antivirus scan: You can specify security software to automatically scan compressed files for any threats


    Other tools:

    Wizard: this will help you to run a few steps that allows unpack archives, add files or create new archive


    Find: you can search for any file you need using this tool

    Show information available for any archive


    Generate report: using this tool you will need to select the file, output format and information to include in the report. You can generate report for specific file or all archive files.


    The program settings are accessible under Option Menu. These include many categories:

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


    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.



    WinRAR is the best archiving software choice for you. It offers you many good features with completely new design interface, powerful compression, support of all formats, good encryption and many tools available, It is small size, customizable using different themes and support many languages
  2. sid_16

    sid_16 MDL Giveaway Organiser

    Oct 15, 2011
    Seems well written review.
    Thanks Tarek.
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  3. gaerher

    gaerher MDL Junior Member

    Mar 11, 2018
  4. baziroll

    baziroll MDL Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    thanks for great review
  5. Kevin Rosas

    Kevin Rosas MDL Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    WinRAR is a great classic of programs but with themes and looks tuned (personalized). Thanks for the description.
  6. ahmadkh

    ahmadkh MDL Novice

    Oct 24, 2017
    thanks for the giveaway
    It is a great and great application hoping that I will win the prize
  7. Pica168

    Pica168 MDL Junior Member

    Jul 2, 2018
    Love the new theme feature...
  8. qaj1shi

    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    thanks for the excellent review!
  9. akiratoriyama

    akiratoriyama MDL Novice

    Apr 7, 2014
    People ask me why I prefer WinRAR over 7Zip, this is the reason. It has a ton of option and an easy user interface.
  10. grrgrr

    grrgrr MDL Member

    Oct 4, 2017
    thanks Tarek for the nice review.