WinRAR Reviews

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[Edited by TheAlireeza, December 07]

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Forever Trial yet annoying popups

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What's the point of buying it if i can still be able to use it on trial license forever ?

of course those popup to buy license is annoying

better i use 7-zip which is open source and has same functionality

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Price

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I like the checksum and recovery. Don't like the price.

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I mean, they don't even force you to pay it, but OK.

Don't use the Mac version

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The Mac version of WinRAR is just the Windows version wrapped inside Wine. A.k.a., it sucks. Drag-and-drop is nonexistent, the user interface clashes with the rest of OS X, your mouse scrolls way too fast when using it, hidden files are unhidden, and nothing really works that well in general.

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He always ask you to pay for it... and you always ignore it. Forgive us WinRar.

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MacOS does not support

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As a windows user, I love this piece of software. I don't use any other unzipping software other than just this. Support for different file types and very speedy in its unzipping, of course depending on the file size.

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I mean, who doesn't like WinRAR?
Love this piece of software.

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I love this archiver much much. Really professional work, I love professionals and well-developed tools and donate to authors who do something well.

  1. Great interface, good looking (if compare to any other alternative like 7zip)
  2. Really fast archiving with compression / unarchiving data
  3. Really useful SFX module, and really friendly UI for creating .exe archives with passwords, description, whatever.
  4. Super good compression and speed + extra optional features like finding identical files in the folder and replace all and save only one can reduce greatly size of the archive (in my case I have OSPanel, (3.7GB unarchived, and 310MB archived (10x compression)).
  5. Do not consume a lot of resources.
  6. Background archiving, and really nice integration into explorer.

Problems of WinRAR:

  • not good support of Japanese, Korean, Chinese characters/encoding. When extract - encoding broken.
  • price a little bit too big, and licensing not really good for using it in the office or on work...
  • not universal, I mean winrar proprietary format, and sometimes it provoke problems like extracting or opening archives in the cloud, or on Linux systems (yes I know about workarounds, but almost all what I know semi-illegal). With 7z or any other archiver situation much better.
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WinRAR is cancer.
They keep changing file format, causing a lot of trouble for people who have archiving software with outdated unrar library.
They distribute unrar library in a way not friendly for developers, so updates can easily be overlooked.

If you care about people - then DON'T distribute anything in RAR archives.
Same goes for CBR - use cbz instead. (cb7 would be better, but support across readers isn't wide enough yet)

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Not for Mac OS X

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All you get for Mac OS X is a command-line utility. No GUI interface. Mac OS X already includes command line utilities for zipping and unzipping archives.

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Same on GNU/Linux.

Switched

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It's not fully free, But it feels much more stable and complete then 7zip or PeaZip

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Poor features

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Honestly Bandizip and ZipWare (both free) are much superior in terms of UI, better drag'n'drop, supported formats, etc. and are lightweight.
I still wonder why people knows only WinRAR and 7Zip....

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I don’t agree that WinRAR has a bad GUI and does not support a lot of formats. But the versions for Mac and GNU/Linux don’t even have a GUI, they are only command line tools, although the price is the same, I guess. Nevertheless, the programs that you suggest are only available for Windows.

Bandizip is NOT free. It costs $17.99 on the Apple AppStore.