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WinRAR v WinZIP ComparisonWinRAR v WinZIP Comparison

This extensive comparison will prove to you why your RAR or WinRAR registration is a minimal cost investment.

WinRAR is not only more efficient and comprehensive, it costs less to register, so it really is your best choice! 

WinRAR 5.01    WinZIP 15 Standard  
SFX Module Advanced SFX Module   Basic Zip SFX Function*
SFX Module ZIP archive format  
SFX Module RAR for MSDOS  
SFX Module RAR for Win32 Command line  
SFX Module RAR for Win32 Graphical user interface  
       
Price
Single user license price

 US$29.00

 

 US$29.95*

Email support Free for licensed users  

Multiuser Support costs 18% of purchase price per year extra.

* NO advanced SFX options available
* Upgrades for SFX module cost around another US$9.95 per year extra
       
Multilanguage Support
Language versions ~45   7
Unicode Support  
       
Multi OS Support
RAR is available for Windows, (32 and 64 bit versions), Mac OSX, Linux etc, DOS, OS/2, FreeBSD.    Only on Windows
       
Compression Features
Standard ZIP compression  
Standard RAR compression  
Solid compression  
       
Compression Options
Add and replace files  
Add and update files  
Freshen existing files only  
Synchronize archive contents  
Use High precision modification time  
Extract archives with "keep broken files"  
Put each file to separate archive  
Set compression dictionary size  
Convert archive to sfx  
Test archives  
Show archive info  
Add archive comment  
Create multi split archives (volumes)  
Pause after each volume  
Set size of every volume  
       
Average Compression Rates (in % of original size, smaller is better) ZIP 2.0 Standard
Text 15 - 30%   20 - 45%
Word files 22%   29%
English text 14.8%   26.8%
Bitmap file 19%   29.5%
3D CAD files 26%   38%
       
User Interface
Wizard  
Drag & Drop support  
File management mode  
Archive management mode  
Search Archive Content  
Creating compression profiles  
Favorite Folders  
Specify toolbar buttons  
       
Security Options
Protecting archives from damage  
Reconstruction of missing split archives  
Protect archives against accidental modification  
Add authenticity information  
Integration with virus scanners  
Blocking of suspect file types advanced options   only warning for .exe files (SR-1)
Does not allow to run *.pif" files   asks
Does not run files having 5 or more continuous spaces   asks
Password Protection  
Encrypt file names  
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256 bit (128 bit 4.20)  
Support of NTFS file security  
       
Supported Archive Types
Extract RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZIP, ACE, UUE, BZIP2, JAR, ISO, Z, 7-ZIP
and other MIME-types
  RAR, ZIP, CAB, TAR, GZIP, UUE, JAR, Z, BZIP2, 7-ZIP, ISO, IMG, ZIPX
Compress RAR, ZIP   ZIP
Additional file name extensions for archive formats supported  
     
         
RAR Create  
Extract  
Repair  
Convert to zip   no conversion
         
ZIP Create  
Extract  
Repair  
Convert to rar   no conversion
         
CAB Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
ARJ Extract   Only with external ARJ
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
LZH Extract   Only with external LHA
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
TAR Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
GZIP Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
ACE Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
UUE Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
BZIP2 Extract  
Add own license text  
         
ISO Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
ISO 13346 (UDF) Extract   convert to RAR, Zip
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
Z Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
         
7-ZIP Extract  
Convert to rar, zip   no conversion
       
SFX Options
Support of basic options  
Add shortcuts to windows  
Add install dialog to SFX  
Customize SFX logo  
Command line SFX creation  
Add own license text  
Run setup program after extraction  
Delete files before installing  
Support of silent mode  
Customize SFX icon  
HTML support for text  
Special script commands  
GUI will request administrator permission if needed  
     
Backup Options
advanced backup options available basic backup options
Add only files with attribute "Archive" set  
Clear attribute "Archive" after compressing  
Keep previous file versions  
Generate archive name by mask  
Restore both files and folders with their original time stamps  
       
Miscellaneous
Specially compiled 64-bit version  
Password Manager  
Background archiving  
Turn PC off when done  
Compression estimation  
Compression ratio estimation  
Compress and email directly from Windows Explorer  
Generate archive report  
Print archive report  
Benchmark test  
Hardware test  
"Wait if other copies are active" option  
Multi-threading  

Select profiles from context menu  
Wipe files option (Before deleting, file data are overwritten by zero bytes to prevent recovery of deleted files)  

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