The Final Version of WinRAR 5.40 is Ready for Download

The latest version brings enhancements in usability and compatibility as well as many technical improvements.

Berlin, Germany, August 19, 2016 --( win.rar GmbH and RARLAB.COM are pleased to announce the final release of WinRAR 5.40. The new release is focusing on usability and efficiency improvements, offering the customer the best solution to archive, compress and secure their personal data.

“We are trying hard to fulfill our users’ request for new and improvements of existing features and continuously develop WinRAR according to our users’ demands. Without the feedback of our users we would not be the cutting edge compression software we are today. Our users are looking for a bare bones archiving and compression software,” says Öncül Kaya, Managing Director of win.rar GmbH.

The highlights of WinRAR 5.40 are:

The "Name encoding" submenu in "Options" menu allows users to select encoding for archived file names. This selection affects archive browsing and extraction commands. You can use the Ctrl+E shortcut to access this menu quickly. It can be useful when unpacking an archive without Unicode file names, for example, unpacking a zip file with Chinese archived names in Windows, with Russian specified as a language for non-Unicode programs.

Usability Enhancements
You can now drag folders from the folder tree panel and drop them to other programs or Desktop to copy or unpack them. You can also drag the archive icon in the tree panel root to unpack the entire archive.

SFX Feature
The maximum comment length for RAR archives has been increased from 64 to 256 KB. Since SFX script commands are stored in archive comment, it now allows a longer main and license text in an SFX archive.

Recovery Record
If an archive has a Recovery Record, it can be repaired even after having been damaged due to a defect on a disc or other data loss. The ZIP format does not support Recovery Records. Now, with WinRAR 5.40, Recovery Records (.rev files) are in the same folder as usual RAR volumes and archive test command verifies .rev contents after completing testing .rar files.

Synchronization Feature
Previously "Synchronize archive contents" update mode (-as command line switch) aborted if some of the archiving folders could not be read. Now WinRAR continues performing the operation and preserves archived files matching unreadable folders.

Furthermore, WinRAR 5.31 x 64 was not able to “compress and email” with Outlook x64. This has been fixed.

Due to security issues in the past, WinRAR 5.40 requires a minimum of Windows XP SP3, thus WinRAR will not run on XP without service packs.

You can find a complete list of all improvements and all bug - fixes here:

About WinRAR:
WinRAR is the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows version of the RAR Archiver, the powerful archiver and archive manager. RAR files can, in most cases, compress content up to 30 percent more effectively than ZIP files. The most notable functions of WinRAR include very powerful document and multimedia file compression, file encryption, processing of other archive formats, programmable self-extracting (SFX) archives, damaged archive repair and Unicode support.

About win.rar GmbH:

win.rar GmbH has been the official distributor of WinRAR and RARLAB products since February 2002 and handles all support, marketing and sales functions related to WinRAR & RARLAB.COM. win.rar GmbH is registered in Germany and is represented worldwide by local partners in more than 70 countries on six continents. win.rar’s declared objective is to provide first-class quality support and to optimize its software to meet customer’s requirements in accordance with their valued feedback. For more information about WinRAR and win.rar GmbH please visit our website at
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