WinRAR 5.61

File archive utility for compressing and unpacking files in the RAR and ZIP formats

  • Category:

    File Compression

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  • Works under:

    Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 2000 / Windows Vista / Windows 98 / Windows XP / Windows 98 SE / Windows 7 / Windows NT / Windows 8 / Windows 10

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  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    6.5 (1807)
WinRAR 5.61
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WinRAR is software that allows users to extract popular archives that they downloaded on the web.

WinRAR is fairly old software. When users would upload files in the older days of the internet, they would need to be split up into small parts. This was because connections had much lower speeds, and download failures were more likely. As time has gone on, the RAR format has been used less, in favor of the .7z and .zip formats. This is partially because WinRAR used to cost money, and the .rar compression format is proprietary.

Now that WinRAR is free, it rivals other compression software on the market. It has many useful features, such as a built-in virus scanning engine that is mostly effective, a wide array of compression format support, and fairly fast operating time. One of its biggest selling points (and also most major detractors) is its new RAR5 compression format. This is a more effective version of the traditional RAR format, and it's exclusive to WinRAR. This means that only users with WinRAR installed on their computers can open files of this type. While this feature would be great if everyone had WinRAR installed, this unfortunately will never be the case.

All-in-all, WinRAR is a stable solution. Whether users need to convert folders of file into single, easy to download archives, or they need to open such archives, it will get the job done. It pushes users to utilize the new RAR5 standard for smaller files (and therefore smaller upload and download times), but this may make the files inaccessible for users without the software. While it has come a long way, it doesn't have too many novel features. If you don't already have compression software on your machine, WinRAR may be a good choice. Otherwise, it isn't worth the download.


  • Fast compression and extraction of major formats
  • Built-in antivirus to protect you from threats online
  • RAR5 format is exclusive to WinRAR and better than traditional RAR


  • Using RAR5 will only allow WinRAR users to read your archives
  • Not too many features that aren't already offered in other suites

WinRAR by Rarlab is a software utility used to compress and encrypt files for efficient and secure file transfer and faster e-mail transmission. With more than 500 million users worldwide, WinRAR has been a favorite of IT professionals and general users everywhere. It is available in more than 50 languages and for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Since 1993, WinRAR has been used to safely encapsulate, compress and encrypt, as well as password protect files for individual users and companies alike. With its current list of functions and features, it is easy to see why it continues to be a leader in security and compression technologies.

Although WinRAR is a shareware, it includes a 40-day trial. Still, the product is well worth its cost, which goes without saying. Several products available on the market today perform some of the same functions that WinRAR does, but they differ in many respects. Listed below are the pros and cons for this outstanding product.


• Very simple interface, clean and uncluttered

• Drag-and-Drop functionality

• The ability to create multiple compressed files from larger files, and these files can be created to be self-extracting

• Encryption using AES with a 256-bit key

• The ability to read and unpack the following archived types: RAR, ZIP, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, EXE, 7z, Z and xz

• Data redundancy using recovery records and recovery volumes for reconstruction of damaged archives

• Robust command line options


• Only possible to create RAR or ZIP archives

• Cost - not free

I have personally used WinRAR for over a decade, from compressing my personal files at home to securing highly sensitive files in my work as a systems administrator, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is simple and easy to use, and it performs the job as promised. The command line functionality is invaluable for creating scripted processes that require repeatable encrypted archive creation.

Download a copy today and see if you do not find it as valuable a tool as I have. There are other products available, but WinRAR has served me well in any situation that requires security and peace of mind, and I am certain it will perform as well for you as it has for me.

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