WinRAR - What's new in the latest version Version 4.00 1. RAR decompression speed is improved.

Depending on data type, decompression can be up to 30% faster than in previous versions. Both the general RAR algorithm and most of special RAR multimedia methods benefit from this improvement. The only module of RAR algorithm, which is not affected, is "Text compression" method. 2. Changes in ISO support: a) UDF support is upgraded to UDF 2.50 revision. It makes possible to unpack most of Blu-ray ISO files; b) when browsing UDF ISO file, UDF revision number is displayed after the "UDF" format name in WinRAR address bar and in archive information dialog; c) WinRAR sets the folder modification date when unpacking folders stored in UDF and ISO9660 files. 3. Changes in password dialog: a) WinRAR uses the same format of password dialog both when archiving and extracting, so "Show password" option is available also when extracting; b) "Organize passwords..." button in password dialog provides access to password organizer interface, where you can specify your frequently used passwords. You will be able to access these saved passwords using the drop down list or autocomplete feature in password dialog. It is important to know that saved passwords are not encrypted and anybody having access to your computer can view them. Use "Organize passwords" feature only if your computer is protected from unauthorized access; c) "Use for all archives" option is available in password dialog when unpacking several archives at once. You can utilize it to apply an entered password to all archives. If you use this option with an empty password, WinRAR will skip all encrypted archives; d) Unlike previous versions, the password from default compression profile is not used for extraction. If you wish to use the same password for all extracting archives, press "Organize passwords..." button in the password dialog and define a new password entry, specifying "*" file mask in "Select for archives" field. 4. In Windows 7 WinRAR will display the total operation progress also on WinRAR icon on Windows taskbar. You can disable it using

This option is the new default extraction mode.BZ2 archives. like -x*tmp*\ or -x*\temp\ 7. Such mask must have the trailing '\' character.lng files. it will be extracted as "Images". Unicode text and usual text as output format for report file. WinRAR will create these links when unpacking such archive. If you browse some archive subfolder in WinRAR shell and enable "Extract relative paths" option. 10. Numerous Unicode support improvements allow to process non-English file names more smoothly. 8. b) correctly displayed Unicode names in WinRAR items in Explorer context menus. "Convert".GZ or TAR. 5. you can download previous WinRAR versions from ftp://ftp. 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 9. 11. You can select Windows 7 library in tree panel in extraction dialog and WinRAR will use its default save location as the destination path. not as "Backup\MyData\Images". These improvements include: a) better Unicode handling in WinRAR in "Rename".BZ2 archive contains symbolic or hard links and if destination file system is NTFS."Taskbar progress bar" option on "General" page of WinRAR settings. Unlike previous WinRAR versions. if you are inside of "Backup\MyData" archive folder and extract "Images" folder.0 is Windows 2000. in folder tree panel. Now you can specify a wildcard exclusion mask for folders. TAR. 6. Just select "Extract full paths" and then press "Save settings" in "General" part of extraction dialog. Windows 98. So non-English characters in file names . TAR. New "Extract relative paths" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog. If you need to run WinRAR on older Windows. "Find" and other commands.GZ and TAR. Recovery volume processing involves less disk seek operations resulting in higher performance. For example. 12. the path part up to and including the current subfolder will be removed from extracted file paths. now WinRAR preservers Unicode characters in reports when using HTML or Unicode text format. c) Unicode support in . If destination file system is FAT32 or any other not supporting file links.x style. making WinRAR localization possible for Unicode only languages. Minimum Windows version required for WinRAR 4. Changes in -x<file> switch syntax. If TAR. but you can change the default back to WinRAR 3.rarlab. "Report" command allows to select HTML. WinRAR will skip links when unpacking TAR. Windows Me and Windows NT are not supported by WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules anymore. in password request dialog and in many other parts of WinRAR interface.

you can add "Setup=<>" command. 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. delete and repair commands. 14. 19. This change improves the speed and reduces memory requirements for SFX archives containing a large number of files." button in operation progress window is enabled also when extracting or testing archives. when saving an encrypted file back to RAR or ZIP archive after modifying it in some external editor. WinRAR displays the current percent above the operation progress bar when repairing an archive containing the recovery record and when processing recovery volumes. 17. just like for other extraction options. GUI SFX archives display "Extract" button instead of "Install" if no "Setup" or "Presetup" commands are present in the archive comment. Only RAR archives with encrypted file names were processed with the single password prompt. This new code can be returned by archive. New "Background extraction" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog places WinRAR into background.. 20. "Mode. 21.. Previous WinRAR versions usually requested the password twice. Message list in GUI SFX archives displays only operation status and error messages. File name area in file overwrite dialog occupies several lines now. 13. but also UNC paths. It means that RAR did not find any files matched the specified file or archive mask. extract. because they are not hidden among extracted file names. Now switch -ep3 converts not only disk letters. If you prefer "Install" button. you can press "Continue" button in command progress window to force WinRAR to stop waiting. 18.will be displayed properly in such reports. 15. WinRAR displays one password request instead of two. So \\server\share will be converted to __server\share when archiving and restored to the original \\server\share when extracting with -ep3. These file systems do not support 4 GB and larger files. It makes possible to display much longer names. but do not need to execute any setup programs. both when extracting the original file and archiving its modified copy. New error code 10 ("no files") is added to list of error codes returned in command line mode by RAR and WinRAR. 23. 16. Also it makes easier to locate error messages. You can save its default state with "Save settings" button in "General" part of extraction dialog. If "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option is enabled and WinRAR waits for another copy. So now "Continue" button allows to override the state of "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option for current operation. 22. It does not contain names of all extracted files anymore. when extracting files. It provides access to "Command parameters" dialog. where you can set "Turn PC off when done" . "Background archiving" option from the default compression profile does not affect the extraction behavior anymore.

93 1. even if they were unpacked successfully. Now -x switch uses RAR 3. In previous versions it was always displayed on primary monitor. Previously this dialog was accessible only when archiving. WinRAR . Bugs fixed: a) in WinRAR 3. It happened only for files in current folder which names matched files in ZIP archive.option for extraction and test operations.91 reported the incorrect "Unexpected end of archive" error. when opening an empty ZIP archive created with "New WinRAR ZIP archive" context menu command. excluded all those folders.92 1. b) if "Delete archive" option was enabled when unpacking several ZIP archives and if one of archives was damaged. excluding folders only if mask does not contain wildcards and matches the folder name exactly.80 approach for masks without path. 2. which path does not match the path specified in the switch and only the folder name is the same as specified..91 -x<mask> switch could also exclude folders from archiving even if mask contained wilcard characters and did not contain a path. c) in ZIP archives 'U' (update) and 'F' (fresh) commands could erroneously update even files not specified in the command line. 24. WinRAR "Compress and email. 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.lst. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR 3. Version 3. the command dialog will be displayed on the same monitor as context menu. -x*. For example. WinRAR did not delete archives after the damaged one. b) previous versions displayed the wrong total packed size in "Info" command for multivolume CAB archives." context menu command adds the archive name to email subject. This bug was not present in usual 'A' (add) archiving mode. Version 3. 3. c) if file matched two different masks in RarFiles. 4.. If you start WinRAR command from Explorer context menu in multiple monitor configuration. which do not have the extension in the name. Switch -or was ignored in presence of -y. b) switches -y -or did not work correctly together.92 -xd:\path\folder switch could also exclude folders. Previous versions left the subject blank. In RAR 3.

Now a password is requested only once when unpacking 7z archives with encrypted file names from context menu. This version can decompress 7-Zip archives created with LZMA2 algorithm. It displayed the overwrite prompt when unpacking files for the second time.. 5. c) WinRAR 3. 4.bz2 archives consisting of several smaller bz2 streams merged together. if neither of masks is a subset of another. WinRAR displays CRC32 of files inside of usual . 3.91 1. . It provides a higher performance and better shell integration than 32 bit version.90 could fail to delete a part of files after archiving if delete to Recycle Bin was enabled. f) hexadecimal search in WinRAR 3. Previous versions unpacked only the first nested bz2 stream in such composite archive.gz) archives. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR 3. the first match must be chosen.tar. WinRAR version for Windows x64 is available.90 1.90 displayed "Save" button instead of "Open" or "OK" in "Find archive" dialog ("Open archive" command in "File" menu and "Browse. 2.gz (not . 3. If you use Windows x64. it is strongly recommended to install 64 bit WinRAR version. b) WinRAR could display incorrect file names when browsing malformed ZIP archives. Version 3. "Remove duplicate folders from extraction path" option in "Settings/Compression" dialog is replaced by more universal "Remove redundant folders from extraction path" option.90 asked it twice. d) WinRAR 3.. Version 3.. but not in Windows Vista and Windows 7. RAR compression speed is improved for multi-core and multi-CPU systems. This bug was present when working in Windows XP.90 failed to decompress LZH archives created with "-lh7-" algorithm. Previous versions left this field blank for GZIP files.. WinRAR could unpack same archived files twice during the same operation.90 "Find" command and console RAR "ih" command failed to find matches if first byte in search string was greater than 127. WinRAR 3. 2. This version can unpack tar." command in archiving dialog). Normally. This improvement is most noticeable in Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. e) when unpacking ISO file using WinRAR "Extract files.could select the last match." command in Explorer context menu.

d) Del key removes a selected folder in the folders tree. If output file name is not specified in "cw" command. RAR sets modification time of archived entry to current system time. 6. If used when extracting. So files will be sorted as 1. 10. extracted files will always have attributes assigned by operating system to a newly created file by default. This new sort behavior is available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and newer. considering digits in file names by their numerical value. 12.txt. For example. 5.txt. b) F2 key renames a selected folder in the folders tree. the new command line switch -ai forces RAR to ignore file attributes. 2. you can turn off "Network disks" options to minimize the delay before displaying the context menu. If you sort files by name in the file list in WinRAR shell. New command line switch -r.arc dirname' command will add only the empty dirname folder and ignore its contents.txt instead of previous 1. Previously only . 7. 8. console RAR will send comment data to stdout.disables recursion completely. 10. By default. So 'rar a -r. When using this switch. 4.txt. 10. 9.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. c) F5 key updated the tree pane contents.txt. Ctrl+W key combination can be used to close the main WinRAR window also as WinRAR viewer windows.txt. 13. RAR adds its contents even if -r switch is not specified. if you frequently right click ". same as in Windows Explorer. Changes in "Extraction path and options" dialog: a) "New folder" button creates a new subfolder in currently selected folder. Message displayed when you place the mouse cursor on WinRAR tray icon includes the archive name now. if dirname does not include wildcards. "View as Windows text" shortcut in WinRAR viewer changed from Ctrl+W to Ctrl+I. 2.exe" files on slow network disks. WinRAR will use the new logical file name sorting. 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. When compressing stdin data with -si[name] switch. "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. resulting in meaningless modification time for stdin. Previous RAR versions did not fill this field. 11.

not by rar. Better shell extension performance. Improved Unicode support for RAR and ZIP archive names. It is supported only by GUI WinRAR. New 'Shutdown' variable in 'Software\WinRAR\Policy' registry key allows to disable "Turn PC off when done" option for security reasons.gz archive if such archive contained a file larger than 8 GB. c) switch -o+ enables "Overwrite all" mode (default for archiving). WinRAR stores names in Unicode only if they cannot be stored correctly using the current single byte character set. New -cp<profile name> switch allows to select a compression profile in command line mode.time left and total percent were displayed for archiving operations.exe. c) previous WinRAR versions failed to rename files having 5 or more continuous spaces in the name.enables "Skip existing files" archiving mode. Version 3. Command line equivalents of these modes are: a) switch -o enables "Ask before overwrite" archiving mode. 5. Added support for ZIP archives containing Unicode file names in UTF-8 format. these new modes ignore file date and compare only file names. 2. When creating ZIP archive. Improved compatibility with high DPI Windows display mode. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR could fail to open tar or tar. But this security measure prevented the rename command to work properly. 16. Read "Configuration settings/Registry variables" for more details. the profile name will be displayed in Explorer context menus allowing to activate a profile from context menu. . They allow to specify WinRAR behavior when updating already existing files in archive.exe. 4. Unlike already available "Fresh existing files only" and "Add and update files". New "Add to context menu" option in "Profile parameters" dialog. 6. If this option is on. WinRAR shell does not display such spaces for safety reasons. 15. 17. Now WinRAR context menu will be more responsive when working with thousands of selected files.80 1. "Ask before overwrite" and "Skip existing files" update modes are now available in archiving dialog. 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. because they can hide an actual file extension. b) switch -o. 3. 14. Added decompression support for WinZip AES encrypted ZIP archives.

You can enable any of these options in the default compression profile to change the default behavior of "Delete files after archiving". .7. For example. 10. New "Options" page of archiving dialog contains the group of settings modifying the behavior of "Delete files after archiving" option from "General" page: a) Delete files. WinRAR "Extraction path and options" dialog is now resizable. which does not contain the end of archive entry consisting of 512 zero bytes. Command line equivalent of this option is -dw switch. Command line equivalent of this option is -dr switch." command in "Advanced SFX options" dialog now allow to specify an icon file containing an icon associated with shortcut. You can use the mouse to drag its border to the desired size and provide more space for folder tree pane. c) Wipe files. WinRAR and RAR display the total progress bar when unpacking a multivolume RAR archive if all volumes are present in the same folder. 14. Added support of TAR archives with non-zero "extra field" data.. 15. SFX script "Shortcut" command and "Add shortcut. 11. way to delete temporary WinRAR files. Added support of TAR archives. 8. Before deleting file data are overwritten by zero bytes to prevent recovery of deleted files. WinRAR and RAR automatically expand names of environment variables in list files. New "Wipe temporary files" option in "Settings/Security" dialog provides more secure. b) Move files to Recycle Bin. Delete files normally like in previous WinRAR versions. though slower. New "Update" SFX script command and "Update mode" group of options in "Update" page of "Advanced SFX options" dialog. 9. 12. All these options have an effect only if "Delete files after archiving" is on. These command and options allow to check time and implement file time based updating. 16. WinRAR will store new dimensions of this dialog. Deleted files are placed to Recycle Bin. Improved Unicode support when dragging files from WinRAR window. 13.exe %USERPROFILE%\Desktop This feature is available only in Windows RAR version. a list file can contain lines like: %windir%\*..

18. . address) in reverse order. comment.17. Corrected a possible WinRAR crash when opening truncated UDF ISO files. tree. Shift+Tab key combination can be used in main WinRAR window to switch the input focus between interface elements (files. In previous versions Shift+Tab used the same order as Tab.

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