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WinRAR needs no introduction, does it? It is the best file compression program available for Windows. And of course, it is the only application which can be used to create a RAR archive, because it was created by and registered to WinRAR.

The RAR archive format is well known because it allows users to create the archive with the best compression levels, i.e., the smallest disk size possible, compared to other archives such as Zip, 7z, etc.  And those are not the only archive formats which you can create or open or extract with Win
RAR. You can also use the application with the CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, XZ, and Z formats.

The interface of WinRAR is very user friendly, but it does have a Wizard mode, which can be useful for new users to create archives. Quite frankly, using WinRAR is pretty much straight forward, and if you want a simpler method, you can use the right-click context menu in Windows File Explorer, to open an archive or to directly extract the files in a folder you choose, or for creating archives too.

WinRAR can detect the file type which you add and selects the best compression method for the same. This is what gives the program the ability to recognize multimedia files. WinRAR is unmatched in compressing media files optimally.

The multivolume archive option in WinRAR is useful, if you want to split a large file, into smaller ones which you can put on a DVD, or even send as multiple email attachments.

You can use WinRAR to encrypt archives that you create with a 256-bit AES algorithm, to prevent anyone who doesn’t have the password from accessing the contents in the file. And you can create self-extracting archives, which can be unpacked on any PC even if you don’t have WinRAR installed on it.

There is a command line utility in WinRAR which you can use, and several versions of similar UnRAR command line tools available for Linux, Mac, etc.

WinRAR also has a lot of themes for the application available on the official website, so you can change the look of the program with ease, if you want to.