WinRAR 3.91 Final

WinRAR is an archive manager with support for packing RAR and ZIP archives and unpacking RAR, ZIP, ZIP64, 7Z (7-Zip), CAB, ARJ, LZH (Lempel-Ziv-Huffman), TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR (Java Archive developed by Sun Microsystems) and ISO (ISO9660) archives. You may use it to backup your data, reduce the size of email attachments, decompress files downloaded from the Internet and create your own file archives.

What's new:

  • This version can decompress 7-Zip archives created with
    LZMA2 algorithm.
  • Now a password is requested only once when unpacking 7z archives
    with encrypted file names from context menu. WinRAR 3.90 asked it
    twice.
  • This version can unpack tar.bz2 archives consisting of several
    smaller bz2 streams merged together. Previous versions unpacked
    only the first nested bz2 stream in such composite archive.
  • WinRAR displays CRC32 of files inside of usual .gz (not .tar.gz)
    archives. Previous versions left this field blank for GZIP files.

Download: WinRAR 3.91 Final

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So, it's because of the "scene" that WinRAR is so popular? That makes sense actually, given the way everything on Uesnet is RAR'd. It does seem weird though that WinRAR's biggest customers are the exact kind of people that would *never* even consider paying for the product; that the biggest contributor to the success of WinRAR is the same system that people use to pirate WinRAR.

Now that I think about it nearly all legal software you download is still in plain old zip format if it doesn't have an installer. About the only thing I see using rar is open source stuff like emulators, and many of them are switching to 7z. I guess rar's biggest users really are warez groups, kind of funny.

Whatever happened to Ace? I remember using WinAce and thinking it would be the format that killed zip.

Because... it was pretty used back in the beginnings of the internet? that's of course with the original winzip... but this one went off... along with winace... and so on, probably the reason because 7-zip exist even these days is because is free and open source... but you know, people is by far accustomed to winrar.

probably the reason because 7-zip exist even these days is because is free and open source... but you know, people is by far accustomed to winrar.

that's pretty much it.

WinRAR is pretty much 'the standard' at this point as it's been thoroughly established over the years and even though it would be nice if people switched to

although it seems 7-zip is the best candidate to 'take over' out of all the stuff out there as if you get rid of WinRAR i would say 7-zip is the next best choice 'overall'.

p.s. i do think amongst the more technical people that 7-zip is gaining ground. but what we need is 'the scene' (if you know what i mean ) to start using .7z format is that alone would give the .7z format a massive push forward.

With 7-zip being free and open source, is there any real reason to use and support WinRAR? It seems crazy to use a "closed" format like RAR when you could use 7z, which offers the same (if not better) compression.
As for the program itself, 7-zip's interface may be a little... simple, but it's otherwise a great program.

So, WinRAR fans, I pose this question: why would you still use WinRAR and the RAR format?

+1 . i agree.

i pretty much dumped WinRAR a while ago for 7-zip as since you said it's FREE and can decompress RAR files and it's typically better than WinRAR in terms of compression to overall.

but basically i think 7-zip SHOULD be a serious contender to dethrone WinRAR.

p.s. i think alot of the reason WinRAR is popular is because it seems to be a standard in 'the scene'.

I use the 7z format (though with PowerArchiver since I bought it years ago) and I really see no reason at all to continue using a proprietary format. People seem to still compress stuff to rar out of habit, not because it's better or a more logical choice. Hopefully it will finally die out.

maybe but i figure why not just use the official 7-zip program since it's free as WinRAR is not?

i dumped WinRAR a while ago myself. because while it seems to be a standard in a way i figure since 7-zip can decompress .rar files and it's compression is typically better and it's free there's not to much reason to use WinRAR over 7-zip in general.

ThaCrip said,
maybe but i figure why not just use the official 7-zip program since it's free as WinRAR is not?

i dumped WinRAR a while ago myself. because while it seems to be a standard in a way i figure since 7-zip can decompress .rar files and it's compression is typically better and it's free there's not to much reason to use WinRAR over 7-zip in general.

while the compression of 7zip is better than rar but this take about 20-100% more time to compress a file, without counting that the difference between in size is about 3% (in most cases).