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
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.GZ or TAR.GZ and TAR. 8. Unlike previous WinRAR versions. Such mask must have the trailing '\' character. For example. Minimum Windows version required for WinRAR 4. TAR. Windows Me and Windows NT are not supported by WinRAR and WinRAR self-extracting modules anymore. Numerous Unicode support improvements allow to process non-English file names more smoothly.BZ2 archive contains symbolic or hard links and if destination file system is NTFS. Changes in -x<file> switch syntax. not as "Backup\MyData\Images". Recovery volume processing involves less disk seek operations resulting in higher performance. If you need to run WinRAR on older Windows. if you are inside of "Backup\MyData" archive folder and extract "Images" folder. in password request dialog and in many other parts of WinRAR interface. "Report" command allows to select HTML. Windows 98.x style.rarlab. 11. If you browse some archive subfolder in WinRAR shell and enable "Extract relative paths" option.com/rar 9.BZ2 archives. You can select Windows 7 library in tree panel in extraction dialog and WinRAR will use its default save location as the destination path. 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.lng files. it will be extracted as "Images". These improvements include: a) better Unicode handling in WinRAR in "Rename". making WinRAR localization possible for Unicode only languages. like -x*tmp*\ or -x*\temp\ 7. 5. If destination file system is FAT32 or any other not supporting file links. 6. WinRAR will skip links when unpacking TAR. now WinRAR preservers Unicode characters in reports when using HTML or Unicode text format."Taskbar progress bar" option on "General" page of WinRAR settings. but you can change the default back to WinRAR 3. the path part up to and including the current subfolder will be removed from extracted file paths. "Convert".0 is Windows 2000. "Find" and other commands. Unicode text and usual text as output format for report file. Now you can specify a wildcard exclusion mask for folders. 12. c) Unicode support in . in folder tree panel. you can download previous WinRAR versions from ftp://ftp. Just select "Extract full paths" and then press "Save settings" in "General" part of extraction dialog. New "Extract relative paths" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog. WinRAR will create these links when unpacking such archive. 10. b) correctly displayed Unicode names in WinRAR items in Explorer context menus. This option is the new default extraction mode. TAR.
will be displayed properly in such reports. 21. 23. WinRAR displays the current percent above the operation progress bar when repairing an archive containing the recovery record and when processing recovery volumes. 16.. Only RAR archives with encrypted file names were processed with the single password prompt. delete and repair commands. New "Background extraction" option in "Advanced" part of extraction dialog places WinRAR into background. Previous WinRAR versions usually requested the password twice. This change improves the speed and reduces memory requirements for SFX archives containing a large number of files. So \\server\share will be converted to __server\share when archiving and restored to the original \\server\share when extracting with -ep3. when saving an encrypted file back to RAR or ZIP archive after modifying it in some external editor. It does not contain names of all extracted files anymore. If "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option is enabled and WinRAR waits for another copy. 19. 13. These file systems do not support 4 GB and larger files. but do not need to execute any setup programs. 15. both when extracting the original file and archiving its modified copy. 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. just like for other extraction options. New error code 10 ("no files") is added to list of error codes returned in command line mode by RAR and WinRAR. WinRAR displays one password request instead of two. If you prefer "Install" button." button in operation progress window is enabled also when extracting or testing archives. It provides access to "Command parameters" dialog. you can press "Continue" button in command progress window to force WinRAR to stop waiting. This new code can be returned by archive. File name area in file overwrite dialog occupies several lines now. 22. "Background archiving" option from the default compression profile does not affect the extraction behavior anymore. because they are not hidden among extracted file names. It makes possible to display much longer names. extract. Also it makes easier to locate error messages. So now "Continue" button allows to override the state of "Wait if other WinRAR copies are active" option for current operation. 18. 20. Now switch -ep3 converts not only disk letters. 14. 17. You can save its default state with "Save settings" button in "General" part of extraction dialog. where you can set "Turn PC off when done"
. GUI SFX archives display "Extract" button instead of "Install" if no "Setup" or "Presetup" commands are present in the archive comment. you can add "Setup=<>" command.. It means that RAR did not find any files matched the specified file or archive mask. "Mode. Message list in GUI SFX archives displays only operation status and error messages. but also UNC paths. when extracting files.
Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR 3. even if they were unpacked successfully. excluding folders only if mask does not contain wildcards and matches the folder name exactly. which do not have the extension in the name. 2. Previous versions left the subject blank.. This bug was not present in usual 'A' (add) archiving mode. Version 3. WinRAR "Compress and email.91 reported the incorrect "Unexpected end of archive" error. b) previous versions displayed the wrong total packed size in "Info" command for multivolume CAB archives.lst. 24. 3. For example. c) in ZIP archives 'U' (update) and 'F' (fresh) commands could erroneously update even files not specified in the command line. the command dialog will be displayed on the same monitor as context menu. In RAR 3. c) if file matched two different masks in RarFiles.80 approach for masks without path.option for extraction and test operations. when opening an empty ZIP archive created with "New WinRAR ZIP archive" context menu command. WinRAR did not delete archives after the damaged one. b) switches -y -or did not work correctly together. Switch -or was ignored in presence of -y. Version 3. -x*. If you start WinRAR command from Explorer context menu in multiple monitor configuration." context menu command adds the archive name to email subject. which path does not match the path specified in the switch and only the folder name is the same as specified.93 1.. It happened only for files in current folder which names matched files in ZIP archive.92 1. excluded all those folders. Now -x switch uses RAR 3.92 -xd:\path\folder switch could also exclude folders. 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. In previous versions it was always displayed on primary monitor. Previously this dialog was accessible only when archiving.91 -x<mask> switch could also exclude folders from archiving even if mask contained wilcard characters and did not contain a path. Bugs fixed: a) in WinRAR 3. WinRAR
. b) if "Delete archive" option was enabled when unpacking several ZIP archives and if one of archives was damaged. 4.
"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. 5. 3. Version 3. 4..could select the last match. This version can unpack tar. RAR compression speed is improved for multi-core and multi-CPU systems. Normally. WinRAR could unpack same archived files twice during the same operation.bz2 archives consisting of several smaller bz2 streams merged together. WinRAR version for Windows x64 is available. 3. d) WinRAR 3. Previous versions unpacked only the first nested bz2 stream in such composite archive. c) WinRAR 3.gz) archives. b) WinRAR could display incorrect file names when browsing malformed ZIP archives. 2. If you use Windows x64..90 could fail to delete a part of files after archiving if delete to Recycle Bin was enabled. It displayed the overwrite prompt when unpacking files for the second time.tar. it is strongly recommended to install 64 bit WinRAR version." command in Explorer context menu. the first match must be chosen. WinRAR 3...91 1. but not in Windows Vista and Windows 7.90 failed to decompress LZH archives created with "-lh7-" algorithm. It provides a higher performance and better shell integration than 32 bit version.90 1. This version can decompress 7-Zip archives created with LZMA2 algorithm. 2.gz (not ." command in archiving dialog). f) hexadecimal search in WinRAR 3.90 "Find" command and console RAR "ih" command failed to find matches if first byte in search string was greater than 127. This bug was present when working in Windows XP. Version 3. Previous versions left this field blank for GZIP files. e) when unpacking ISO file using WinRAR "Extract files. Now a password is requested only once when unpacking 7z archives with encrypted file names from context menu.90 displayed "Save" button instead of "Open" or "OK" in "Find archive" dialog ("Open archive" command in "File" menu and "Browse. This improvement is most noticeable in Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. WinRAR displays CRC32 of files inside of usual .
. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR 3. if neither of masks is a subset of another.
Previous RAR versions did not fill this field. c) F5 key updated the tree pane contents. 5. 13.txt. When compressing stdin data with -si[name] switch. same as in Windows Explorer. 4. 12. Message displayed when you place the mouse cursor on WinRAR tray icon includes the archive name now. 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.exe" files on slow network disks. extracted files will always have attributes assigned by operating system to a newly created file by default. "View as Windows text" shortcut in WinRAR viewer changed from Ctrl+W to Ctrl+I. RAR sets modification time of archived entry to current system 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. Ctrl+W key combination can be used to close the main WinRAR window also as WinRAR viewer windows. b) F2 key renames a selected folder in the folders tree. if dirname does not include wildcards. resulting in meaningless modification time for stdin. Previously only
. considering digits in file names by their numerical value. RAR adds its contents even if -r switch is not specified. 9. 10. So 'rar a -r. So files will be sorted as 1. If you sort files by name in the file list in WinRAR shell. Changes in "Extraction path and options" dialog: a) "New folder" button creates a new subfolder in currently selected folder. console RAR will send comment data to stdout.txt. By default. If output file name is not specified in "cw" command. For example. This new sort behavior is available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and newer. 11. 2. WinRAR will use the new logical file name sorting.disables recursion completely. New command line switch -r. 6. 10.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. If used when extracting. you can turn off "Network disks" options to minimize the delay before displaying the context menu. 10. if you frequently right click ".txt.txt instead of previous 1.txt. the new command line switch -ai forces RAR to ignore file attributes. 7.txt. 8.arc dirname' command will add only the empty dirname folder and ignore its contents. d) Del key removes a selected folder in the folders tree. When using this switch. 2.
14. Version 3. Read "Configuration settings/Registry variables" for more details. WinRAR stores names in Unicode only if they cannot be stored correctly using the current single byte character set. 16. Better shell extension performance. 3. 6. New -cp<profile name> switch allows to select a compression profile in command line mode. New "Add to context menu" option in "Profile parameters" dialog. 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. because they can hide an actual file extension. 2. c) previous WinRAR versions failed to rename files having 5 or more continuous spaces in the name.
. When creating ZIP archive. 17. these new modes ignore file date and compare only file names. Unlike already available "Fresh existing files only" and "Add and update files". 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.exe. Added support for ZIP archives containing Unicode file names in UTF-8 format.exe. 5. "Ask before overwrite" and "Skip existing files" update modes are now available in archiving dialog. c) switch -o+ enables "Overwrite all" mode (default for archiving). But this security measure prevented the rename command to work properly. Improved compatibility with high DPI Windows display mode. not by rar. Added decompression support for WinZip AES encrypted ZIP archives.enables "Skip existing files" archiving mode. the profile name will be displayed in Explorer context menus allowing to activate a profile from context menu. If this option is on. b) switch -o. Bugs fixed: a) WinRAR could fail to open tar or tar. WinRAR shell does not display such spaces for safety reasons. Command line equivalents of these modes are: a) switch -o enables "Ask before overwrite" archiving mode.80 1. They allow to specify WinRAR behavior when updating already existing files in archive.time left and total percent were displayed for archiving operations. Now WinRAR context menu will be more responsive when working with thousands of selected files.gz archive if such archive contained a file larger than 8 GB. 4. 15. Improved Unicode support for RAR and ZIP archive names.
Improved Unicode support when dragging files from WinRAR window... 9. All these options have an effect only if "Delete files after archiving" is on. WinRAR and RAR display the total progress bar when unpacking a multivolume RAR archive if all volumes are present in the same folder. Added support of TAR archives with non-zero "extra field" data. b) Move files to Recycle Bin. WinRAR "Extraction path and options" dialog is now resizable.7. These command and options allow to check time and implement file time based updating. Command line equivalent of this option is -dr switch.
. Before deleting file data are overwritten by zero bytes to prevent recovery of deleted files. You can enable any of these options in the default compression profile to change the default behavior of "Delete files after archiving". Command line equivalent of this option is -dw switch. 15.exe %USERPROFILE%\Desktop This feature is available only in Windows RAR version. 16. a list file can contain lines like: %windir%\*." command in "Advanced SFX options" dialog now allow to specify an icon file containing an icon associated with shortcut. 10. WinRAR will store new dimensions of this dialog. 11. which does not contain the end of archive entry consisting of 512 zero bytes. 12. Added support of TAR archives. 13. 14. For example. SFX script "Shortcut" command and "Add shortcut. New "Wipe temporary files" option in "Settings/Security" dialog provides more secure. WinRAR and RAR automatically expand names of environment variables in list files. way to delete temporary WinRAR files. though slower. c) Wipe files. 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. Delete files normally like in previous WinRAR versions. 8. You can use the mouse to drag its border to the desired size and provide more space for folder tree pane. Deleted files are placed to Recycle Bin. New "Update" SFX script command and "Update mode" group of options in "Update" page of "Advanced SFX options" dialog.
17. In previous versions Shift+Tab used the same order as Tab. comment. tree.
. Shift+Tab key combination can be used in main WinRAR window to switch the input focus between interface elements (files. Corrected a possible WinRAR crash when opening truncated UDF ISO files. 18. address) in reverse order.