Softonic review

Swati Mishra
Swati MishraUpdated 23 days ago

An essential tool to compress and decompress all file formats.

WinRAR is one of the tools for compressing and decompressing files most well-known and downloaded from the Internet. Developed by RARLAB and considered by many as the ultimate rival of WinZIP or 7-Zip, it remains firm as the best option for performing compression and decompression tasks in the main formats of the market (RAR, ZIP, 7Z, ISO, TAR, etc.). Versatile, fast, and secure, WinRAR has become one of the essential apps for any Windows computer. Would you like to know why?

What is WinRAR and what is it used for?

WinRAR is a powerful file compressor and decompressor. It has been around for many years and, in fact, it was a pioneer among apps that perform all kinds of compression tasks. Some of its main attractions are undoubtedly its speed and ease of use. Despite being with us for more than two decades (almost three!), WINRAR maintains the same intuitive interface as in its early days. That is why it is the preferred option for users around the world looking for a lightweight but powerful program to compress and decompress files of all types.

Interface and basic functions: Simplicity and good results

As we have already mentioned, WinRAR has maintained a very similar interface since its inception. It is very simple and intuitive, facilitating navigation and allowing any type of user, regardless of their computer knowledge, to use the program without problems. From it, you can select the files and folders you want to compress as well as explore their content.

WinRAR is not only capable of compressing files into a single file, but also splitting those with large dimensions into different parts. This greatly facilitates the task of sharing files with third parties without exceeding the limits of services such as email attachments or the capacity of a cloud storage platform.

Another star feature of WinRAR is that, in addition to compressing and decompressing files in just a couple of clicks, it is also capable of creating self-extracting files. These are completely customizable, allowing you to add a description, details, and even change their icon. This makes it much easier to share files with third parties without requiring them to have the program installed.

Finally, it is worth noting that WinRAR incorporates a tool for repairing damaged files. This is of incalculable value when it comes to recovering a corrupt file or one that has not been saved correctly. And of course, from the app, you can add a password to all your files to keep them always secure.

Which formats is WinRAR compatible with?

Despite its name, WinRAR is compatible with most compression formats on the market. These are the main ones:

  • RAR
  • ZIP
  • 7Z
  • ISO
  • TAR
  • GZ
  • BZ2
  • CAB
  • ARJ
  • JAR
  • ACE
  • Z

Can I download WinRAR for free?

WinRAR is a shareware program that offers a free 40-day trial period. After that time, the user must purchase a license to activate it or completely uninstall it from their computer. Although many users may not know it, WinRAR is not a free tool and it is necessary to activate it in order to use it indefinitely and legally.

Much more than a file compressor and decompressor

WinRAR is, without a doubt, one of the best options on the market when it comes to compressing and decompressing files. With almost 30 years behind it, RARLAB's software has established itself as the most versatile, intuitive, and efficient option of the moment, providing much more than a perfect ally to reduce the size of your files. And with tools as interesting as its system for repairing damaged files or the possibility of creating self-extracting files, WinRAR is a secure choice to make the most of your Windows computer.


  • Compatible with most formats on the market.
  • High level of file compression.
  • Clear and simple interface
  • It includes a tool to repair files.
  • It allows you to create self-extracting files.
  • It is possible to divide the files into small parts.


  • Your interface may seem outdated, as it has not changed in over 20 years.
  • Depending on the file or format, compression or decompression can be slow.

Also available in other platforms

Program available in other languages

WinRAR for PC

  • Trial version

  • In English
  • V 6.22
  • 4


User reviews about WinRAR

  • draggs07

    by draggs07

    This is a very helpful piece of software. Also, a big plus is the dev's position on the length of the free trial. The free trial never actually expire More

  • Rakesh Badgali

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  • Jeet Pakistan

    by Jeet Pakistan

    Useful software for everyone. it help me a lot sine I'm using this software.

  • Kerry Murphy

    by Kerry Murphy

    The software works adequately in trial mode although it has security problems that are daunting. My problem is with the company. I bought the softwa More

  • Swastik Krishna

    by Swastik Krishna

    its a very great application to use and i'm having loads of fun using it.


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