WinRAR 3.90 Beta 3

WinRAR is an archiving utility that completely supports RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. It consistently makes smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs.

WinRAR offers a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface. WinRAR is easier to use than many other archivers with the inclusion of a special "Wizard" mode which allows instant access to the basic archiving functions through a simple question and answer procedure.

WinRAR offers you the benefit of industry strength archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a key of 128 bits. It supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. It also offers the ability to create selfextracting and multivolume archives. With recovery record and recovery volumes, you can reconstruct even physically damaged archives.

Changelog:

  1. WinRAR displays only one password prompt when unpacking 7z archive with encrypted file names.
  2. Further improvements in shell extension performance. Now WinRAR context menu must be more responsive when working with thousands of selected files.
  3. Bugs fixed:
    • WinRAR could display random characters as archive comment when browsing some ZIP SFX archives, which do not contain any archive comment;
    • switch -ed did not prevent extraction of empty folders;
    • WinRAR could fail to compress some of subfolders specified in the command line if -n switch was present;
    • WinRAR could crash when decompressing some of corrupt RAR archives.

Download: WinRAR 3.90 Beta 3 | ~1.4MB for x86 & x64 (Shareware, € 29,95)
View: Product Info & RARLabs Website

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I've grown to like 7-Zip a lot more than WinRAR. Mainly because it's open source, and can decompress anything I throw at it. .7z files seem to the be norm these days too with most friends and family, as anyone can create those files without having to buy anything.

I think unless WinRAR goes open source too they'll fall to the way side just like WinZip did many years ago.

TaBaScO said,
I've grown to like 7-Zip a lot more than WinRAR. Mainly because it's open source, and can decompress anything I throw at it. .7z files seem to the be norm these days too with most friends and family, as anyone can create those files without having to buy anything.

I think unless WinRAR goes open source too they'll fall to the way side just like WinZip did many years ago.


Fact of being OpenSource does not affect anyhow on functionality, reliability and comfort of usage. Good developers, programmers, designers etc do it. I.e. it depend on people, not on facts.

And WinRAR is free and already compiled for most popular platforms, so most people don't need sources for it.

I'd really love for winrar to have the ability for password lists, where you could define a list of passwords commonly used so it would look there to find a password for a rar....similar to what jdownloader does.

I wonder if WinRAR 4 will be released soon, and if it'll carry compression performance improvements... It's being outpaced by the competition in high compression ratio archivers. Not just 7-zip is a competitor, but FreeArc and NanoZip too. Both these outperforming not only in compression ratio, but also speed, so the overall "efficiencies" are greater. Here's a chart of archivers, ranked by efficiency: http://www.maximumcompression.com/data/summary_mf2.php (7-zip is likely losing out there a bit due to its lack of multimedia compression filters)

WinRAR has such a nice feature set compared to many competitors, that it would be nice to see it catch up in compression performance too. If anyone remembers, that's where this archiver started out. As a very performing archiver in terms of compression, and what quickly gave it an edge, back in the days of RAR 1.x.

I'm all happy that the 3.9 has a 64bit version and is optimized for Vista and Windows 7. One of the few programs which is a must have for me