WinRAR is Windows version of the RAR archiver - a powerful tool which allows you to create, manage and control archive files. There are several versions of RAR, for a number of operating environments: Windows, Linux,FreeBSD, Mac OS X.
There are two versions of RAR for Windows:
Version with graphical user interface - WinRAR.exe;
Command line console (text mode) version - Rar.exe.
WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules require Windows XP or later.
Complete support of RAR and ZIP 2.0 archives;
Highly sophisticated, original compression algorithm;
Special algorithms optimized for text, audio, graphics, 32-bit and 64-bit Intel executables compression;
Shell interface including drag-and-drop facility and wizard ;
Command line interface ;
Non RAR archives (7Z, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LZH, TAR, UUE, Z ) management;
Solid archiving, which can raise compression ratio by 10% - 50% over more common methods, particularly when packing a large number of small, similar files;
Multivolume archives ;
Creation of self-extracting archives (also multivolume) using the default or optional SFX modules;
Recovering physically damaged archives;
Recovery volumes allowing to reconstruct missing parts of multivolume archives.
Unicode support in file names;
Other service functions, such as encryption , archive comments , error logging, etc.
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