WinRAR 5.61

Open or decompress a wide range of files including rar and zip formats

  • Category:

    File Compression

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  • Works under:

    Windows 10 / Windows 2003 / Windows 8.1 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 98 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows 10

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    5.9 (198)
WinRAR 5.61
WinRAR 5.01

WinRAR is a piece of software designed to compress and expand files from certain archival formats, and this version is made with 64-bit architecture. That means it's fully compatible with 64-bit Windows systems. WinRAR has gone through a number of updates during its time, and this newest update includes support for a brand new archiving algorithm that creates RAR5 files.

As your computer gets older, it will invariably collect files that take up space on the system hard drive. WinRAR takes these files and uses digital compression to make them smaller, thus freeing up valuable hard drive space. The software can compress files into one of three formats, including ZIP, RAR, and RAR5. RAR5 is the newest archival format, and it provides an improved compression rate over both RAR and ZIP.

If you need to keep any compressed files protected from intrusion, you can use the integrated password protection feature to provide 256-bit AES encryption to the file. If you want to make files that can be expanded without the need for WinRAR to unzip them, the software can be used to produce self-extracting files. To decompress this sort of file, you only need to double-click the file icon.

WinRAR can also decompress archival files from 15 available formats, including 7-Zip, ZIP, RAR, CAB, ISO, JAR, TAT, XZ, ARJ, and ACE. Using the options menu, you can customization just about any facet of the software.

Near the top of the WinRAR app interface is a function bar that links you to all the main functions of the software. These include Virus Scan, Wizard, Self-Extracting File Creation, and Archive File Editing.

If you have a compressed file you want to open, all you have to do is right-click on it and select Extract File from the menu. The software will ask you for a destination for the content. You can also decompress files directly through the WinRAR software by double-clicking the file to be expanded.

Creating a new archival file is a bit more difficult, however. From inside the app window, right-click the mouse to reveal an action menu. Find the option that says New/WinRAR Archive, right-click the file to be compressed, then choose Add To Archive. If you want the final archival file to be able to extract itself, find the Self-Extracting option in the UI and select it before you hit OK.

From the context menu of Windows Explorer, you can use WinRAR to perform single-click file compression and expansion. Unfortunately, the app's overall aesthetic design is a bit outdated, and it hasn't received an update in quite some time.

This version of the software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. It works with both 64-bit and 32-bit platforms, and it takes advantage of antivirus integration for optimal protection.


  • Major Format Support
  • Great Compression Ratio
  • Antivirus Integration
  • File Password Protection


  • Old UI
  • RAR5 Files Require WinRAR

WinRAR (64-bit) is a shareware all-in-one archiving tool with a multitude of useful options and compatible archive file formats. With WinRAR, files or folders can be compressed into either single or multi-volume archives in either RAR or ZIP format. WinRAR can also uncompress most popular archive formats including CAB, TAR, UUE, ARJ, GZ, ACE, LZH, BZ2, ISO, 7Z, JAR and Z archives. All of these capabilities are easily accessed and executed through either an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), a useful command line interface, a convenient Windows shell integration or even a step-by-step compression wizard tool.

WinRAR's ability to compress even the largest of files amounts to noticeable savings in storage space and data transmission bandwidth. While Windows offers users some compression capabilities, WinRAR's enhanced features and options make it a more than capable replacement. One of the most useful of these features is WinRAR's ability to encrypt archives with the option for 128 or 256 bit AES encryption. This feature adds an extra layer of protection for more sensitive archives. The result for the user is that files can be compressed, stored and transferred with added levels of confidence and peace of mind.

The 64-bit version features an enhanced algorithm minimizing resource usage and taking full advantage of 64-bit random access memory (RAM) usage. While there are 32-bit versions of the program available for Windows and countless other operating systems, WinRAR (64-bit) for Windows is clearly the strongest and most effective version available. That being said, there is value in knowing that archives created by WinRAR (64-bit) can be accessed by users of nearly any other platform. The only notable exception comes with the new RAR5 format introduced in WinRAR version 5.0. To create or open this new highly optimized compression format, WinRAR 5.0 (or higher) is a requirement.

While marketed as a shareware program, users still maintain the ability to utilize the tool after the 40-day trial period expires. There is a pop-up asking for payment, but users still have access to WinRAR's features, so files can continue to be created and previously compressed files can still be accessed. This is a generous move on the part of WinRAR creator, RARLAB. For a tool this complete and reliable, however, WinRAR (64-bit) is certainly worth the $29.00 asking price.


  • Compatible with nearly all compressed file types
  • Fast and efficient 64-bit compression algorithm
  • Numerous useful and accessible interface options
  • Excellent alternative to the limited Windows compression tool


  • New RAR5 format can only be created or opened by version 5.0 or higher

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