WinRAR is a program for creating and unpacking archives. Supports all popular formats, is built in the context menu and has wide settings of created archives. 90% of the interaction with the program functions is usually done through the context menu (right mouse button). From here you can unpack the archive and create a new one. You can extract files from the archive to the folder of the same name or to the current folder. If there are other files in the current folder, it is better to unpack into a new one, as the files are mixed. To create an archive there are also several options: archive with standard settings, or manual configuration of all parameters of the archive. The first option is fast and is suitable for most cases. Your data will just weigh less. The second option allows you to set a password for unpacking the archive, choose a higher compression ratio, choose the archive format, etc.
Opening the archive by double-clicking on it, you will see the main WinRAR interface, which contains all the same functions described above. The principle of this window is as follows: you open the desired folder or archive through the built-in explorer and perform the necessary operations with them. In fact, it is more convenient to use the usual Explorer or file manager, and through the context menu to perform the necessary actions. The program can unpack archives such as RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR, etc. Only the first 2 formats are available when creating. When you create an archive, you can split it up for ease of delivery, make it self-extracting (does not require an archiver to be unpacked), and use other options.
WinRAR is probably the most popular tool in the Runet for working with archives. However, it requires registration. Its advantages are simplicity and flexibility, but others, including free archivers, have the same advantages. So it makes sense to consider alternatives.
- unpacking almost all archive formats;
- Creating EXE archives that can be unpacked by themselves;
- several degrees of compression (more compression - more time to create an archive);
- easy integration with the context menu, you can create and unpack archives directly from Explorer;
- the ability to put a password on the archive.