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WinRAR - What's new in the latest version Version 4.20 1.

Changes in RAR compression: a) RAR general compression algorithm is optimized for better utilization of several processor cores. While some speed gain is possible even in single processor mode, best results are achieved in multi-core environment. Speed gain depends on data type and average file size. Several cores are utilized more efficiently when compressing large files. b) we had to increase memory requirements to achieve higher compression speed. General RAR compression algorithm allocates about 120 MB comparing to 40 MB in WinRAR 4.11; c) RAR text compression algorithm cannot utilize several CPU cores efficiently, so its performance in multiprocessor environment is much lower than for general algorithm. Also its decompression speed is much lower than in general algorithm regardless of CPU number. So we decided to disable the text algorithm by default. If you need maximum possible compression ratio for plain text data regardless of speed, you can enable the text compression in "Advanced compression parameter" dialog. Press "Compression..." button on "Advanced" page of archiving dialog to access it. You can also change this option permanently in default compression profile; In the command line mode the text compression can be enabled with -mct switch; d) "Fastest" (-m1) compression mode also supports several processor cores now. In 4.11 it could use only a single processor core. 2. RAR general decompression algorithm speed is slightly improved, though not to same extent as RAR compression. RAR decompression is not able to use several processor cores, so its performance does not depend on a number of cores. 3. Changes in ZIP compression: a) now ZIP compression supports several processor cores resulting in noticeably higher performance in multi-core environment. Single CPU ZIP compression is also faster than in 4.11; b) memory use for ZIP compression is increased to about 15 MB. 4. Recovery volume creating and processing can use several CPU cores resulting in higher speed. Though, typically hard drive seek speed is a limiting factor for recovery volumes, so this gain is most noticeable when working with solid state drive. 5. Now the allowed <threads> value for -mt<threads> switch is 1 - 32,

WinRAR can store and extract modification. 'volname. WinRAR needs to have access to all ZIP volumes of multivolume file set at the same time.exe.16 as before. "Save current settings" button in "Advanced SFX options" dialog is now available only when converting an existing archive to SFX. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR did not store NTFS "Compressed" attribute. Windows 2000 is not supported by WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules anymore. Previously "Find files" did not support . when creating RAR archives. when creating or unpacking them. This bug affected only WinRAR. Options saved in "Advanced SFX options" dialog are ignored for these operations. ZIP volumes cannot be self-extracting. Version 4. which are also known as split ZIP files. 2 GB archive size and 65535 file number ZIP limitations of previous WinRAR versions are not valid anymore. ZIP volumes have names like 'volname. 6.10 1. creation and last access . WinRAR can create multivolume ZIP archives. b) WinRAR crashed in command line mode if @filelist parameter was present and 'filelist' did not exist.zip" file extension in all archive processing operations like starting extraction or opening an archive. 'volname. Use a volume with ". Options saved with this button are applied only to convert to SFX operation. Version 4. d) GUI self-extracting archives did not work in Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).11 1.exe.z01'. c) if -x*\somefolder\* exclusion mask was specified when archiving and if name of current folder contained 'somefolder'. You need to create them all in the same folder.z02'. Unlike RAR volumes. Added the high precision file time support in ZIP archives. WinRAR excluded all files and stopped creating an archive. not RAR. WinRAR can create ZIP archives of practically any size. 3.7z archive format. only SFX options stored in default compression profile are used. If you create or update SFX archive. 7.not 0 . one volume per disk. 8.zip'. So it is impossible to create or unpack ZIP volumes on removable disks. "Find files" command can search data in 7-Zip archives. 2.

Different ZIP tools store Unicode names either in file header or in ZIP extra field and now WinRAR can correctly process both types of Unicode names. Now you can select size units in the drop down list to the right of volume size. 12. is also supported. Floppies and ZIP disks are replaced by 5 MB and 100 MB volumes. you can enable "Wipe files if password is set" in the default compression profile. 10. WinRAR proposes to update an archive if viewer modified an opened file or created any new files. In non-archiving operations like extracting it selects the existing archive preceding the first unused name. Quick delete is used for all other temporary files. 5. added new entries for maximum FAT32 file size and for Blu-ray disks. by entering 'k'. Changes in volume size input field. It allows to use a slower and more secure delete for temporary files extracted from archives identified by WinRAR as encrypted. "Synchronize archive contents" option and -as command line switch are supported in ZIP format. when you wish to place minutes before hours or do not need hours at all. New "Wipe files if password is set" option in "Options" page of archiving dialog. 8. New "Ignore modifications for" option in "Settings/Viewer" dialog allows to disable such behavior. c) 'I' format character allows to specify minutes regardless of presence and position of 'H' (hours) in format string. You need to set "High precision modification time" option in "Time" part of archiving dialog to store all 3 times in archive. etc. Changes in "Predefined sizes" in "Define volume sizes" dialog. Previous way to define size modifiers. 9. 'm'. Set appropriate "File time" options in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog to choose times to extract. Changes in "Convert archives" command: a) now it is possible to convert encrypted archives. New "Wipe temporary files/Encrypted only" option in "Settings/Security". it is incremented until the first unused name is found. 11. b) 'N' format character behavior differs in archiving and non-archiving operations. not just with archiving only. If you prefer to always delete encrypted files securely. character after the numeric size value. 6. Modifications of switch -ag behavior: a) -ag can be used with all RAR and WinRAR commands. 4. You can enter one or several file masks separated by spaces here and WinRAR will not prompt to update an archive if file created or modified by viewer matches one of these masks. It can be used instead of 'M' (minutes). Added support for Unicode names stored in ZIP extra field data. When archiving.file time in ZIP archives with 100 nanosecond precision. 7. Previously "Convert archives" command skipped them. By default. .

which was specific for RAR 1. Recent Windows versions do not allow programs to add items to the top of Start Menu. 18. you can do it by enabling "Skip encrypted archives" option in "Convert archives" dialog. It might be useful if you wish to run the conversion command in unattended mode. Version 4. 2. 13. "Setup program" SFX options are moved from "General" to "Setup" page of "Advanced SFX options" dialog. Some TAR archives use the binary size format instead of octal for files larger than 8 GB. For example. 14. This switch is especially useful. "SetupCode" SFX script command instructs SFX archive to wait for termination of setup program and return the exit code of setup program increased by 1000 as the exit code of SFX executable.Though.) is always used as the decimal mark. if you still prefer to skip them. when you need to further process an archive created with -ag or -v switches.01 1. -v<size> command line switch also allows decimal fractions. -v1.x and 2. Since the convert command does not need to detect RAR archive version anymore. Now "rar" archive type controls conversion of all versions of RAR archives.5g switch means 1. Both "Run after extraction" and "Run before extraction" are now multiline. is removed. avoiding password prompts. the initial search for archives is performed faster. because -log provides the archive name generated by WinRAR. Added support for file sizes stored in binary format in TAR archives. so it is possible to specify several setup programs for same SFX archive. Volume size in archiving and wizard dialogs can be specified as a decimal fraction.5 gigabytes. GUI equivalent of this command is "Wait and return exit code" option on "Setup" page of "Advanced SFX options" dialog. b) special "rar2" archive type.x archives. In command line mode the dot (. Bugs fixed: a) "Repair" command failed to properly reconstruct structure . 16. Decimal mark is defined by Windows regional settings. resulting in shorter delay before displaying "Convert archives" dialog. deleting and listing commands for RAR format. SFX does not support "S" (create in the top level of Start Menu) "Shortcut" command mode anymore. New -log[fmt][=name] switch allows to write archive and file names to log file in archiving command for RAR and ZIP formats and also in extracting. New -@[+] switch allows to process all parameters starting from '@' character either as file names (-@) or as file lists (-@+). 17. 15.

h) WinRAR failed to display non-English file names in 7-Zip archives properly if they used a non-default code page.of RAR archives.name2. such names were unpacked correctly. It was the display only problem. Version 4. when compressing a single folder or a file without extension.50 revision.rar name format. Changes in password dialog: a) WinRAR uses the same format of password dialog both when archiving and extracting. which is not affected. d) "Wizard" command did not allow to create self-extracting and multivolume archives. WinRAR still unpacked file paths if called from Explorer context menu. is "Text compression" method. Changes in ISO support: a) UDF support is upgraded to UDF 2. f) when converting RAR volumes having name1. sometimes WinRAR ignored subsequent attempts to enter a valid password.00 1. b) even if "Do not extract paths" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog was set as the default. which contained at least one file with packed size exceeding 4 GB.rar. e) "Import settings from file" command did not restore multiline comments in WinRAR compression profiles. 3. decompression can be up to 30% faster than in previous versions. So resulting archive had name1.rar file name instead of expected name1. RAR decompression speed is improved.name2" name part. b) when browsing UDF ISO file. c) after entering a wrong password for encrypted ZIP archive. 2. UDF revision number is displayed after the "UDF" format name in WinRAR address bar and in archive information dialog.part#.name2. "Convert archives" command erroneously removed ". It makes possible to unpack most of Blu-ray ISO files. g) RAR could crash when creating a new archive with -agNNN switch if archive number in generated name was 110 or larger. It happened only if recovery record was not found and WinRAR performed reconstruction of archive structure. Depending on data type. c) WinRAR sets the folder modification date when unpacking folders stored in UDF and ISO9660 files. so "Show password" option is available also . This bug did not affect the recovery record based repair. Both the general RAR algorithm and most of special RAR multimedia methods benefit from this improvement. The only module of RAR algorithm.

You can disable it using "Taskbar progress bar" option on "General" page of WinRAR settings. This option is the new default extraction mode. like -x*tmp*\ or -x*\temp\ 7. New "Extract relative paths" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog. Now you can specify a wildcard exclusion mask for folders. specifying "*" file mask in "Select for archives" field. in folder tree panel. "Convert". You will be able to access these saved passwords using the drop down list or autocomplete feature in password dialog. not as "Backup\MyData\Images". where you can specify your frequently used passwords. If you use this option with an empty password. the password from default compression profile is not used for extraction. Changes in -x<file> switch syntax.. c) Unicode support in . press "Organize passwords. b) correctly displayed Unicode names in WinRAR items in Explorer context menus. making WinRAR localization possible for Unicode only languages. it will be extracted as "Images". In Windows 7 WinRAR will display the total operation progress also on WinRAR icon on Windows taskbar. 4. For example.lng files. If you browse some archive subfolder in WinRAR shell and enable "Extract relative paths" option. 6.. You can utilize it to apply an entered password to all archives.. b) "Organize passwords. but you can change . if you are inside of "Backup\MyData" archive folder and extract "Images" folder. the path part up to and including the current subfolder will be removed from extracted file paths.when extracting. in password request dialog and in many other parts of WinRAR interface." button in the password dialog and define a new password entry. These improvements include: a) better Unicode handling in WinRAR in "Rename"." button in password dialog provides access to password organizer interface. Such mask must have the trailing '\' character. 5. If you wish to use the same password for all extracting archives. c) "Use for all archives" option is available in password dialog when unpacking several archives at once.. Numerous Unicode support improvements allow to process non-English file names more smoothly. Use "Organize passwords" feature only if your computer is protected from unauthorized access. d) Unlike previous versions. "Find" and other commands. WinRAR will skip all encrypted archives. It is important to know that saved passwords are not encrypted and anybody having access to your computer can view them.

16.com/rar 9. Just select "Extract full paths" and then press "Save settings" in "General" part of extraction dialog. WinRAR limits the maximum possible volume size to 4 GB minus 1 byte when creating RAR volumes on a disk with FAT or FAT32 file system in volume size autodetecting mode. Unlike previous WinRAR versions.x style. 8.GZ or TAR. Windows Me and Windows NT are not supported by WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules anymore. Also it makes easier to locate error messages. 11. you can add "Setup=<>" command. Message list in GUI SFX archives displays only operation status and error messages. 13. Recovery volume processing involves less disk seek operations resulting in higher performance. If you need to run WinRAR on older Windows. You can select Windows 7 library in tree panel in extraction dialog and WinRAR will use its default save location as the destination path. because they are not hidden among extracted file names. now WinRAR preservers Unicode characters in reports when using HTML or Unicode text format.BZ2 archive contains symbolic or hard links and if destination file system is NTFS. 14. 12.rarlab. when saving . If TAR. WinRAR displays the current percent above the operation progress bar when repairing an archive containing the recovery record and when processing recovery volumes. 18. Unicode text and usual text as output format for report file. This change improves the speed and reduces memory requirements for SFX archives containing a large number of files. It does not contain names of all extracted files anymore. "Report" command allows to select HTML. If "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option is enabled and WinRAR waits for another copy. Windows 98. 15. 10. TAR. So now "Continue" button allows to override the state of "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option for current operation. Minimum Windows version required for WinRAR 4. WinRAR will create these links when unpacking such archive. These file systems do not support 4 GB and larger files. but do not need to execute any setup programs. WinRAR displays one password request instead of two. you can download previous WinRAR versions from ftp://ftp.the default back to WinRAR 3. 17. WinRAR will create symbolic links as symbolic and hard links as hard in Windows Vista and newer and it will create all links as hard in older Windows. WinRAR will skip links when unpacking TAR. If destination file system is FAT32 or any other not supporting file links.GZ and TAR. So non-English characters in file names will be displayed properly in such reports.BZ2 archives. If you prefer "Install" button.0 is Windows 2000. you can press "Continue" button in command progress window to force WinRAR to stop waiting. TAR. GUI SFX archives display "Extract" button instead of "Install" if no "Setup" or "Presetup" commands are present in the archive comment.

delete and repair commands. File name area in file overwrite dialog occupies several lines now.an encrypted file back to RAR or ZIP archive after modifying it in some external editor. New error code 10 ("no files") is added to list of error codes returned in command line mode by RAR and WinRAR. So \\server\share will be converted to __server\share when archiving and restored to the original \\server\share when extracting with -ep3. but also UNC paths. c) in ZIP archives 'U' (update) and 'F' (fresh) commands could erroneously update even files not specified in the command line. b) switches -y -or did not work correctly together. . 19. 21. 20. "Background archiving" option from the default compression profile does not affect the extraction behavior anymore. Previously this dialog was accessible only when archiving. 24. Version 3. Now switch -ep3 converts not only disk letters. This new code can be returned by archive. It happened only for files in current folder which names matched files in ZIP archive. just like for other extraction options. It makes possible to display much longer names. Previous WinRAR versions usually requested the password twice. Switch -or was ignored in presence of -y. extract. when extracting files.. "Mode. You can save its default state with "Save settings" button in "General" part of extraction dialog. It provides access to "Command parameters" dialog. Bugs fixed: a) renaming a file in archive could also rename all other files with the same name in other folders of the same archive.92 -xd:\path\folder switch could also exclude folders." button in operation progress window is enabled also when extracting or testing archives. Only RAR archives with encrypted file names were processed with the single password prompt. where you can set "Turn PC off when done" option for extraction and test operations.. 22. Bugs fixed: a) in WinRAR 3. both when extracting the original file and archiving its modified copy. It means that RAR did not find any files matched the specified file or archive mask. New "Background extraction" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog places WinRAR into background. b) previous versions displayed the wrong total packed size in "Info" command for multivolume CAB archives.93 1. This bug was not present in usual 'A' (add) archiving mode. which path does not match the path specified in the switch and only the folder name is the same as specified. 23.

5. WinRAR 3.90 displayed "Save" button instead of "Open" or "OK" in "Find archive" dialog ("Open archive" command in "File" menu and "Browse.90 asked it twice.bz2 archives consisting of several smaller bz2 streams merged together..92 1. WinRAR did not delete archives after the damaged one.tar.91 -x<mask> switch could also exclude folders from archiving even if mask contained wilcard characters and did not contain a path. For example.." command in archiving dialog).91 1. b) WinRAR could display incorrect file names when browsing malformed ZIP archives. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR 3. c) WinRAR 3. This version can decompress 7-Zip archives created with LZMA2 algorithm. 3. Now -x switch uses RAR 3. In RAR 3.91 reported the incorrect "Unexpected end of archive" error. Normally. the command dialog will be displayed on the same monitor as context menu. Previous versions left this field blank for GZIP files.lst. This version can unpack tar. excluded all those folders.gz) archives." context menu command adds the archive name to email subject. 4. if neither of masks is a subset of another. 3. WinRAR could select the last match. 2. -x*. 2. Version 3.. WinRAR displays CRC32 of files inside of usual . Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR 3.Version 3. Previous versions left the subject blank. Previous versions unpacked only the first nested bz2 stream in such composite archive. WinRAR "Compress and email. excluding folders only if mask does not contain wildcards and matches the folder name exactly. c) if file matched two different masks in RarFiles.90 failed to decompress LZH archives created with . b) if "Delete archive" option was enabled when unpacking several ZIP archives and if one of archives was damaged. when opening an empty ZIP archive created with "New WinRAR ZIP archive" context menu command. even if they were unpacked successfully. In previous versions it was always displayed on primary monitor. 4. the first match must be chosen.. Now a password is requested only once when unpacking 7z archives with encrypted file names from context menu.80 approach for masks without path. If you start WinRAR command from Explorer context menu in multiple monitor configuration.gz (not . which do not have the extension in the name.

You can enable "Show seconds" option in "Settings/File list" dialog if you wish to see seconds in file dates in file list in WinRAR shell. b) F2 key renames a selected folder in the folders tree. c) F5 key updated the tree pane contents. 5. This improvement is most noticeable in Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. 3. d) WinRAR 3. If you sort files by name in the file list in WinRAR shell.exe" files on slow network disks. if you frequently right click ". It displayed the overwrite prompt when unpacking files for the second time. "Where to check for SFX archives" options group in "Settings/Integration/Context menus items" dialog lets you to control processing of SFX archives in context menus. Changes in "Extraction path and options" dialog: a) "New folder" button creates a new subfolder in currently selected folder. same as in Windows Explorer. d) Del key removes a selected folder in the folders tree. e) when unpacking ISO file using WinRAR "Extract files. This bug was present when working in Windows XP. 2. 6. you can turn off "Network disks" options to minimize the delay before displaying the context menu. f) hexadecimal search in WinRAR 3. WinRAR version for Windows x64 is available. WinRAR could unpack same archived files twice during the same operation. If you use Windows x64.90 1. it is strongly recommended to install 64 bit WinRAR version. RAR compression speed is improved for multi-core and multi-CPU systems.."-lh7-" algorithm. "Remove duplicate folders from extraction path" option in "Settings/Compression" dialog is replaced by more universal "Remove redundant folders from extraction path" option." command in Explorer context menu.. 7. Version 3. This option will eliminate redundant archive name based folders from extraction path if you unpack an archive with "Extract to DestName\" context menu command and if archive root folder contains only one folder and no files. For example. considering digits in file names .90 "Find" command and console RAR "ih" command failed to find matches if first byte in search string was greater than 127. It provides a higher performance and better shell integration than 32 bit version. 4. but not in Windows Vista and Windows 7. WinRAR will use the new logical file name sorting.90 could fail to delete a part of files after archiving if delete to Recycle Bin was enabled.

Message displayed when you place the mouse cursor on WinRAR tray icon includes the archive name now.txt.txt.txt. When compressing stdin data with -si[name] switch.arc dirname' command will add only the empty dirname folder and ignore its contents.by their numerical value. Ctrl+W key combination can be used to close the main WinRAR window also as WinRAR viewer windows. So files will be sorted as 1. So 'rar a -r. console RAR will send comment data to stdout. 16. 10. 12. If output file name is not specified in "cw" command.txt. Better shell extension performance. 10. 17. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR could fail to open tar or tar. Previously only time left and total percent were displayed for archiving operations. 8. b) WinRAR context menu did not work properly in Windows 7 beta if icons in context menus were enabled and user clicked a file inside of Windows 7 Library folder.gz archive if such archive contained a file larger than 8 GB. if dirname does not include wildcards. 13. c) previous WinRAR versions failed to rename files having 5 or more continuous spaces in the name. RAR sets modification time of archived entry to current system time. 2. 15. Improved compatibility with high DPI Windows display mode. But this security measure prevented the rename command to work properly. extracted files will always have attributes assigned by operating system to a newly created file by default. RAR adds its contents even if -r switch is not specified. 2. "View as Windows text" shortcut in WinRAR viewer changed from Ctrl+W to Ctrl+I. 14. the new command line switch -ai forces RAR to ignore file attributes. because they can hide an actual file extension.txt instead of previous 1.txt. 10.disables recursion completely. When using this switch. Now WinRAR context menu will be more responsive when working with thousands of selected files. WinRAR shell does not display such spaces for safety reasons. . New command line switch -r. By default. New 'Shutdown' variable in 'Software\WinRAR\Policy' registry key allows to disable "Turn PC off when done" option for security reasons. 9. Read "Configuration settings/Registry variables" for more details. Previous RAR versions did not fill this field. resulting in meaningless modification time for stdin. 11. If used when extracting. This new sort behavior is available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and newer.

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