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WinRAR 6.11 – Final

WinRAR 6.11 – Final
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WinRAR is a powerful archive manager for Windows, Linux, Mac. This is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.

It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. The archiver puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression.

By consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often faster than the competition. This will save you disc space, transmission costs AND valuable working time as well. WinRAR is ideal for multimedia files. It automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method.

The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries particularly well. RAR files can usually compress content by 8% to 15% more than ZIP files can.

Features of WinRAR:

  • Compression. WinRAR products are considered the best and fastest compression tools on the market. RAR or Zip your files, to protect, organize and share them safely and securely.
  • Encryption. Military-grade AES 256-bit encryption technology that password protects archives including all metadata.
  • RAR Files. WinRAR is the only software that can create RAR archives and offers a number of advanced features such as multivolume archives, tight compression and a recovery record.
  • Password Manager. Integrated password manager assists in keeping track of difficult and hard to remember passwords for password protected archives.
  • Perpetual License. Perpetual license model, valid for a lifetime. No subscription.
  • Recovery Record. WinRAR products are designed to recover damaged files.
  • Split Archives. Split archives into smaller, more manageable files.
  • Backup. Advanced backup options, time-stamped files and previous file version retention.
  • Drag-and-drop. Fully supported drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Language Version. WinRAR products are available in over 50 languages.
  • Virus Scan. Built-in virus scanner prevents corrupted archives from being unpacked.
  • Multivolume Archives. Complete support for multivolume archives and the creation of self-extracting (SFX) archives.
  • Unicode. Supports Unicode file names.
  • Compliance. Admin controls allow complete control over passwords, prevents accidental modification of archives and protects data.

Changes in WinRAR 6.11:

  • Added support for Gz archives with large archive comments. Previously the extraction command failed to unpack gz archives if comment size exceeded 16 KB.
  • Archive comments in gz archives are displayed in the comment window and recognized by “Show information” command. Large comments are shown partially. Previous versions didn’t display Gzip comments.
  • Reserved device names followed by file extension, such as aux.txt, are extracted as is in Windows 11 even without “Allow potentially incompatible names” option or -oni command line switch. Unlike previous Windows versions, Windows 11 treats such names as usual files. Device names without extension, such as aux, still require these options to be unpacked as is regardless of Windows version.
  • Switch -mes can be also used to suppress the password prompt and abort when adding files to encrypted solid archive.
  • Additional measures to prevent extracting insecure links are implemented.
  • Bugs fixed:
    • if password exceeding 127 characters was entered when unpacking an encrypted archive with console RAR, text after 127th character could be erroneously recognized as user’s input by different prompts issued later;
    • wrong archived file time could be displayed in overwrite prompt when extracting a file from ZIP archive. It happened if such archive included extended file times and was created in another time zone. It didn’t affect the actual file time, which was set properly upon extraction.

Changes in WinRAR 6.10:

  • WinRAR can unpack contents of .zst and .zipx archives utilizing Zstandard algorithm.
  • Added support of Windows 11 Explorer context menus.
    • Beginning from Windows 11, an application can add only a single top level command or submenu to Explorer context menu.
    • If “Cascaded context menus” in “Integration settings” dialog is on, this single item is a submenu storing all necessary WinRAR commands.
    • If this option is off, only one extraction command for archives and one archiving command for usual files are available.
    • You can select these commands with “Context menu items…” button
    • in “Integration settings” dialog.
  • “Legacy context menus” option in “Settings/Integration” dialog can be used in Windows 11 if WinRAR commands are missing in “Show more options” Windows legacy context menu or in context menus of third party file managers. If WinRAR commands are already present here, keep “Legacy context menus” option turned off to prevent duplicating them. This option is not available in Windows 10 and older.
  • Windows XP is not supported anymore. Minimum required operating system version is Windows Vista.
  • “Close” item is added to “When done” list on “Advanced” page of archiving dialog. It closes WinRAR window, when archiving is done.
  • “When done” list is added to “Options” page of extraction dialog. It allows to select an action like turning a computer off or closing WinRAR after completing extraction.
  • Switch -si can be used when extracting or testing to read archive data from stdin, such as: type docs.rar | rar x -si -o+ -pmypwd dummy docs
    • Even though the archive name is ignored with this switch, an arbitrary dummy archive name has to specified in the command line.
    • Operations requiring backward seeks are unavailable in this mode. It includes displaying archive comments, testing the recovery record, utilizing the quick open information, processing multivolume archives.
    • Prompts requiring user interaction are not allowed. Use -o[+|-|r], -p or -mes switches to suppress such prompts.
  • New -ep4 switch excludes the path prefix when archiving or extracting if this path is found in the beginning of archived name. Path is compared with names already prepared to store in archive, without drive letters and leading path separators. For example:
    • rar a -ep4textsbooks archive c:textsbookstechnical
    • removes “textbooks” from archived names, so they start from ‘technical’.
  • New -mes switch skips encrypted files when extracting or testing. It replaces the former -p- switch.
  • New -op switch sets the destination folder for ‘x’ and ‘e’ extraction commands. Unlike <path_to_extract> command line parameter, this switch also accepts paths without trailing path separator character.
  • If ‘p’ command is used to print a file to stdout, informational messages are suppressed automatically to prevent them mixing with file data.
  • “Generate archive name by mask” option and switch -ag treat only first two ‘M’ characters after ‘H’ as minutes. Previously any amount of such characters was considered as minutes. It makes possible to place the time field before the date, like -agHHMM-DDMMYY. Previous versions considered all ‘M’ in this string as minutes.
  • Maximum allowed size of RAR5 recovery record is increased to 1000% of protected data size. Maximum number of RAR5 recovery volumes can be 10 times larger than protected RAR volumes. Previous WinRAR versions are not able to use the recovery record to repair broken archives if recovery record size exceeds 99%. Similarly, previous versions cannot use recovery volumes if their number is equal or larger than number of RAR volumes.
  • Warning is issued if entered password exceeds the allowed limit of 127 characters and is truncated. Previously such passwords had been truncated silently.
  • If archive includes reserved device names, the underscore character is inserted in the beginning of such names when extracting. For example, aux.txt is converted to _aux.txt. It is done to prevent compatibility problems with software unable to process such names. You can use “Allow potentially incompatible names” option in “Advanced” part of extraction dialog or command line -oni switch to avoid this conversion.
  • WinRAR attempts to reset the file cache before testing an archive. It helps to verify actual data written to disk instead of reading a cached copy.
  • Multiple -v switches specifying different sizes for different volumes are now allowed also for ZIP archives:
    • WinRAR a -v100k -v200k -v300k arcname.zip
    • Previously multiple -v switches were supported only for RAR archives.
  • Switches -sl and -sm can be used in WinRAR.exe command line mode when extracting archives in any supported formats, provided that such archive includes unpacked file sizes. Previously these switches could filter files by size only in RAR and ZIP archives.
  • Newer folder selection dialog is invoked when pressing “Browse” button in WinRAR “Settings/Paths” page, “Repair” and “Convert” commands, also as in few other similar places. Previously a simpler XP style folder selection dialog was opened.
  • When restoring from tray after completing an operation, WinRAR window is positioned under other opened windows, to not interfere with current user activities.
  • “650 MB CD” is removed and “2 GB volumes” is added to the list of predefined volume sizes in “Define volume sizes” dialog invoked from WinRAR “Settings/Compression”.
  • “Rename” command selects the file name part up to the final dot. Previously it selected the entire name.
  • If SFX archive size exceeds 4 GB, an error message is issued during compression, immediately after exceeding this threshold. Previously this error was reported only after completing compression. Executables of such size cannot be started by Windows.
  • Command line -en switch is not supported anymore. It created RAR4 archives without the end of archive record. End of archive record permits to gracefully skip external data like digital signatures.
  • Bugs fixed:
    • a) when editing a file inside of .rar or .zip archive, WinRAR created a new SFX archive instead of updating an existing archive if “Create SFX archive” option was set in the default compression profile;
    • b) the total progress could be displayed incorrectly when using -oi, -f, -u switches or appropriate GUI options;
    • c) “Find files” command with “Use all tables” option and command line “it” commands failed to find strings in UTF-16 encoding.

Changes in WinRAR 6.01:

  • Ctrl+A keyboard shortcut selects the entire text in WinRAR comment window.
  • If -idn switch is used together with -t or -df in console RAR when archiving, it additionally disables “Deleting ” or “Testing ” messages, normally issued by these switches. Also -idn disables folder creation messages when extracting a file to non-existing folder.
  • WinRAR and ZIP SFX module refuse to extract contents of ZIP SFX archives if ZIP central directory is resided after beginning of Authenticode digital signature. It is done to prevent possible attacks with inclusion of ZIP archive into signature body.
  • Bugs fixed:
    • “Convert archives” command could incorrectly convert Unicode comments in RAR archives.
    • if two archive information windows had been opened from Explorer context menu, the compression ratio bar in the first window could erroneously display a value for second archive. It did not affect the ratio and other text details at the right of window. Only the vertical bar at the left could be updated to a wrong value;
    • if “Wait if other WinRAR copies are active” option was enabled in extraction dialog, “Waiting for another WinRAR copy” title was not set in command progress window while waiting;
    • when extracting a symbolic link, previous versions did not overwrite existing symbolic links even if user requested it in overwrite prompt.

Changes in WinRAR 5.91:

  • Dialogs are centered inside of WinRAR window similarly to WinRAR 5.80 and not inside of entire screen as in WinRAR 5.90.
  • When editing an archived file with external software, extra measures are taken to reduce the probability of interfering with editor and opening its temporary files while editor still may need them.
  • “Version to extract” field in archive properties opened from Windows Explorer context menu provides the additional information about ZIP compression and encryption algorithms, such as LZMA or AES. This information was already available in WinRAR “Info” command, but missed in archive information accessible from Windows Explorer.
  • “MS DOS” and “Unix” host OS types are recognized and included for LZH archives in “Info” command. Previously the host OS field was always “Unknown” for LZH archive format.
  • Files created by external editor and matching “Settings/Viewer/. Ignore modifications for” masks are never added to archive. Previously WinRAR still added them if some file not matching these masks was also created or modified.
  • Bugs fixed:
    • empty file names were displayed inside of some Unix LZH archives;
    • WinRAR could not process more than 999 7z volumes in a single set;
    • if user cancelled the user account control prompt after changing “Integrate WinRAR into shell” option, a new state of this option was displayed in “Settings” dialog, even though the actual state of shell integration was not modified;
    • the main window size could be too small on the first run after clean install with no previous WinRAR version present;
    • WinRAR could stop responding after editing an archived file with external software in Windows 10 version 2004.

Changes in WinRAR 5.90:

  • RAR compression speed is improved for CPUs with 16 and more cores.
  • “Fastest” method (-m1 command line equivalent) typically achieves a higher compression ratio for highly compressible data types when creating RAR5 archives.
  • Maximum number of utilized threads is increased from 32 to 64. Command line -mt switch accepts values from 1 to 64.
  • “Multithreading” parameter on “General” page of WinRAR settings is replaced with “Threads” input field, where you can specify the desired number of CPU threads. It can take values from 1 to maximum number of available logical CPU units.
  • WinRAR displays packed and unpacked folder sizes when browsing archive contents.
  • “Total folders” field is added to list of archive parameters displayed by WinRAR “Info” command. Same field is added to “Archive” page in archive properties in Windows Explorer.
  • Window including a progress bar and “Cancel” button is displayed if reading archive contents takes noticeable time. It can be useful for archive formats with slower access to contents, such as large TAR based archives like .tar.gz and tar.bz2.
  • Archiving and extraction progress windows, also as progress windows for some other commands, can be resized.
  • “Repair” performance for RAR5 archives with recovery record and without data shifts is improved. It deteriorated in WinRAR 5.80 and is now restored to original level.
  • Password prompt is not issued when performing recovery record based repair for RAR5 archives with encrypted file names. This command can be performed without providing a password.
  • If folder for converted archives in “Convert archives” command does not exist, WinRAR attempts to create it. Previous versions failed to create converted archives in non-existent destination folder.
  • Added extraction support for GZIP archives with optional header checksum field.
  • Bugs fixed:
    • a) “Repair” command could erroneously display “Recovery record is corrupt” message when processing an archive with valid recovery record. This message did not prevent further repair operation;
    • b) if quick open information option was set to “Do not add” in default compression profile and this profile was loaded by some command or dialog, WinRAR ignored quick open information when browsing contents of RAR archives. For example, it happened after opening archiving or password dialogs;
    • c) Ctrl+C “Copy” shortcut key did not work in archive comment window;
    • d) if “Put each file to separate archive” and “Archives in subfolders” options were set, WinRAR ignored the destination path specified in archive name field.

Homepage – https://www.win-rar.com

WinRAR is Windows 10 compatible, available in over 50 languages in both 32bit and 64bit and several operating systems (OS) and the only compression software that is fully accepted in all countries using Unicode.

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-bit, 64-bit).
  • Server 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022.