Free WinRAR Alternatives

    The best free alternative to WinRAR is 7-Zip, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WinRAR and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to WinRAR are PeaZip (Free, Open Source), Bandizip (Freemium), The Unarchiver (Free) and File Roller (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 17, 2021

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Online
    • Xfce
    • Android Tablet
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    • Haiku
    • Terminal
    • GNOME
    • Windows Explorer
    • Google Drive
    • Wine
    • KDE
    • Self-Hosted

    Features

    • File Compression
    • File Compression
    • Portable
    • File management
    • AES encryption
    • Drag n drop
    • Encryption
    • Windows Explorer integration
    • Support for Unicode
    • Unzip multiple zip files
    • Windows Explorer extension
    • Password management
    • Shell integration
    • Ad-free
    • Lightweight
    • Lossless Compression
    • Multiple languages
    • Context Menu extension
    • Data compression
    • Installer extraction

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    • 7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. View 107 alternatives to 7-Zip
      Almost everyone thinks 7-Zip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • ReactOS
      7-Zip vs WinRAR
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      KuboFHromoslav 7-Zip is highly efficient, open source archiver.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      30
      williambrown It is free, works very good and open more kind of files
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      23
      It doesn't associate the files that it works with in the windows shell with the program automatically, you have to open the files with the program by right clicking and selecting "open with 7zip".
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      -11
      zokris 7-Zip "Ultra" mode has better compression than WinRAR's "Best" mode. Also, it's Free and Open Source whereas WinRAR is proprietary.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      0
      Faster, lightweight, better compression, no ads and FREE!
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      2
      Does the same things but does better
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0
      Free and 7zip ultra compression replacing propietary RAR
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      2
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    • PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects. View 93 alternatives to PeaZip
      Almost everyone thinks PeaZip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      PeaZip vs WinRAR
      pros, cons and recent comments
      don1 It is fast, has many file extensions and always updated.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      1
      rickysantoso I think the extract time faster than winrar, also support many file extensions. One of the lightest file manager & archiver that I use.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      0
      Its basically a de-uglified 7-zip, support various compression formats and has its own compression format PEA (pack encrypt and autenticate) the only cons it has are 1. it takes longer than other apps to open (its not the compression time thats slow its the app opening) 2.it sometimes gives you an error when extracting files and 3. you have to delete ALL of its related files in regedit otherwise it will still be classified as an option to open archived files even after deleting
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      -1
      classic57 I've been using PeaZip for about 8 years and during that time I've found it to be rock-solid. I've tried 7Zip and a few others during that time but keep coming back to PeaZip. On installation, PeaZip is vastly customizable and covers all the major archive formats that most people are going to use...
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      -1


    • Bandizip is a powerful archiver which provides an ultrafast processing speed and convenient features. Available free of charge, and its paid editions support a variety of advanced features. View 87 alternatives to Bandizip
      Most users think Bandizip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Bandizip vs WinRAR
      pros, cons and recent comments
      yarko Fast, modern, with cool features and FREE! Highly reccomended!
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      1
      Really fasttttttt to compress
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      Tottaly free, support basically every type of compressed file, is customizable, multi language, always updating, and have other cool things to help you
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      -3
    • The Unarchiver is a small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files. View 94 alternatives to The Unarchiver
      Some users think The Unarchiver is a great alternative to WinRAR, some don't.
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      The Unarchiver vs WinRAR
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Simple. In Winrar, you can see in the program, and copy files inside. You can only take out files with this.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      10
      Unarchiver does not show you the files without extracting them.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      1
    • File Roller is the archive manager of the GNOME desktop environment. It can extract, view, create and modify archives. View 83 alternatives to File Roller
      This alternative is disputed. File Roller is still a legitimate alternative to WinRAR, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • GNOME
      File Roller vs WinRAR
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Can't even extract multi-part archives. Can't show CRC or anything at all. Suprised this poor app has that high votes.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      7
      Capable of almost nothing, and certainly does not offer the feature range of winrar.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      0


    • IZArc is the best freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA... View 91 alternatives to IZArc
      Most users think IZArc is a great alternative to WinRAR.
    • p7zip is a port of the command line version of the 7-Zip file archiver to POSIX-conforming operating systems like Unix (Linux, Solaris, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Cygwin, AIX, ... View 84 alternatives to p7zip
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Haiku
    • FreeArc is a free and open source file archiver developed by Bulat Ziganshin. View 80 alternatives to FreeArc

      Discontinued

      Latest alpha version from August 2012 - http://freearc.org/history/changelog_full.htm

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • B1 Free Archiver is a free multi-platform universal archiver. Currently it works on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android; moreover B1 Online Archiver allows you to uncompress . View 84 alternatives to B1 Free Archiver
      Most users think B1 Free Archiver is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      B1 Free Archiver vs WinRAR
      pros, cons and recent comments
      it does not uncompress files more than 500MB
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      -2
    • Ark is a program for managing various archive formats within the KDE environment. View 27 alternatives to Ark
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • KDE
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