WinRAR is one of the best compressed archive management applications available for Windows. It allows you to easily open all major compressed archive formats (ZIP, 7Z, RAR etc. including multivolume archives) and to create archives in RAR format: a feature that almost all competing products lack.
The software is paid but is available in a free trial version that allows you to use all the functions for 40 days. After the trial period, you lose access to various advanced functions, such as the one that allows you to create password-protected archives. In addition, numerous advertisements are displayed inviting the user to purchase a license, but the program continues to work.
WinRAR is compatible for all major Windows editions, from the old Windows 2000 to the recent Windows 10, and is also available in an x64-bit version that allows you to take full advantage of the power of 64-bit processors. It has an interface completely translated into Italian and is extremely easy to use. Let's try to get to know him more closely.
How to Download WinRAR for Windows
To download WinRAR on your PC, connected to the program's website and presses the button Scarica WinRAR a 32 bit operating system was used oppure sulla voce click here for the 64bit version if you are using a 64-bit operating system. Then click on the item Continue for WinRAR download and the download will start automatically.
Once the download is complete, open the WinRAR installation package (eg. WinRAR-x64-xxit.exe) and click on first Yes and then Install. Then put the check mark next to the types of files you want to open automatically with WinRAR (rar, zip, 7z etc.) and press on OK e Close to finish the program installation process.
How to Open an Archive with WinRAR
At the end of the installation, locate the archive you intend to open with WinRAR and double click on its icon.
At this point you can choose if view the files contained in the archive or extract them into a folder. In the first case, all you have to do is locate the files to view, double click on their icon and wait a few seconds for WinRAR to process them.
To extract the contents of an archive into a folder, instead, select the files of your interest from the WinRAR window and drag them to the destination folder using the mouse.
Alternatively, if you want to extract ALL the files contained in an archive and copy them to a folder, click on the button Extract to located at the top left, choose the folder in which to copy the files and start exporting the data by clicking on the button OK. The duration of the procedure varies according to the quantity and "weight" of the files to be extracted (as well as the computing power of the PC of course).
You need to check out a multivolume archive divided into several parts? In this case you must first copy all the volumes that make it up (eg. file.part1.rar, archive.r00 etc.) within the same folder and then open the one with the extension with the lowest numeric value (eg. part1 o 00) or without numbers in the name (ex. archivio.rar). The rest of the procedure for exporting or opening files is identical to the one we saw together earlier for single archives.
How to Create an Archive with WinRAR
Do you want to create a new RAR archive with WinRAR? In this case, all you have to do is select the files to be included in the archive, right-click on any of them and select the item Add to an archive from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item RAR and type the name you want to give the file in the field Archive name.
Then choose the folder in which to save the RAR file by clicking on the button Shop by Department and set the level of compression archive using the appropriate drop-down menu. Remember: the higher the compression level, the smaller the size of the archive, but increasing the compression level also expands the times for creating the RAR file. Once all preferences have been set, click OK and the procedure for creating your archive will start.
If you want to create a multivolume archive (divided into several parts) with WinRAR, follow the steps we just saw together for creating a new RAR file and use the drop-down menu Divide into volumes by size to select the weight that each “piece” of the archive must have. You can use custom measures or adopt one of the standard measures in the menu (eg. 100MB o 700MB).
If you want to create a RAR file protected by passwordclick on your button Set keyword, type the password you want to use to protect the archive In fields Enter the keyword e Re-enter the keyword to verify of the window that opens and click on OK two consecutive times to complete the operation.
How to Download WinRAR for Mac
Do you use a Mac? So, since WinRAR is not available (or rather, it is only available as command line software), I suggest you turn to one of the alternative applications.
The first that comes to mind is The Unarchiver which is completely free and allows you to extract files from all major types of compressed archives, such as RAR, Zip, 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2. You can easily download it from the Mac App Store by pressing the button Get / Install the app located in the left sidebar. It will automatically set itself as the default application for opening compressed archives (which you can then extract with a simple double click on their icon).
Unfortunately The Unarchiver does not include the function for creating new archives, but you can remedy this with RAR Archiver which costs 1,99 euros and allows you to create RAR archives in a very simple way. After downloading the software in question, all you have to do is start it and drag all the files to be included in the RAR archive into its window.
For more information on how RAR Archiver and The Unarchiver work, also refer my post on how to extract RAR files for Mac.
How to Download WinRAR on Smartphones and Tablets
Do you need to extract a RAR file or a ZIP file on your smartphone? Then let me recommend some apps that might be right for you.
- ES File Manager (Android) - if you use an Android device, despite the fact that an official WinRAR app is available (i.e. an app created by the WinRAR developers themselves), I recommend you use the very popular ES File Manager which is able to extract the files contained in any RAR or ZIP archive . It is completely free and also supports password protected archives.
- Documents (iOS) - it is a free file manager for iPhone and iPad that allows you to view various types of files, including RAR and ZIP archives (even if password protected). You can find it directly on the App Store.
Both ES File Manager and Documents allow you to access cloud storage services (eg Dropbox or Google Drive) and easily share files with your computer wirelessly.