Top 7 alternatives to Winrar

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WinRAR is a data compression software developed by Yevgueni Roshal, Eugene Roshal and distributed by Ron Dwight. It was released on April 22, 1993.1 Although it is a commercial product, there is a free trial version of 40 days, at the end of this period a notice will be displayed to purchase a license when you open WinRAR.

As WinRaR there are many similar softwares that try to imitate this same one, that's why from Gamerslance we want to present you this list with the 7 best alternatives to Winrar.

The 7 best alternatives to Winrar

At AlterntWorld we have designed, together with our experts, a list of the 7 best alternatives to Winrar.


The first on the list we present to you is 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a free software to compress and decompress files developed in 1999. In 2007 it received the award for best open sourceproject from SourceForge.

Advantages of 7-Zip:

  • You can unzip 7 different types of files.
  • Can be used with Windows and Linux.
  • To decompress files it uses its own software.

7-Zip Reviews: [Average rating 4'5/5]

  • Good one. -Carmen.
  • It's free and it works. -Paco.
  • I love it. -Marta.


The second alternative we present to you is PeaZip. PeaZip is another free alternative to WinRAR that helps you compress and unzip files. Allows you to edit, save and restore files and apply different filters to the content of the files.

Advantages of PeaZip:

  • It supports 180 formats
  • It is able to decompress rare formats
  • High speed and high compression ratio
  • Two-factor authentication possible

PeaZip opinions: [Average rating 4'7/5]

  • Fantastic. -Anna.
  • It fascinates me. -Laura
  • Amazing. -Carlos.

The Unarchiver

The third of the 7 best alternatives is The Unarchiver. This alternative to WinRAR is an exclusive tool for MacOS and Linux operating systems. The program is easy to use and has a very transparent. You can use it to decompress numerous file, but it doesn't allow you to create files.

Advantages of The Unarchiver:

  • Quick installation
  • Easy to handle and understand
  • Supports all conventional file formats

Opinions from The Unarchiver: [Average rating 4'8/5]

  • Good one. -Carmen.
  • It's free and it works. -Paco.
  • I love it. -Marta.


The alternative to Winrar number 4 is IZArc2Go . IZArc2Go is a mobile program for compressing and decompressing files. This free software boots directly from data media, such as USB sticks, external hard drives or servers, making it ideal for users who have to travel often.

Advantages of IZArc2Go:

  • Allows you to compress and decompress numerous formats.
  • No installation required.
  • Fast compression and decompression.

IZArc2Go Reviews: [Average rating 4'6/5]

  • Fantastic. -Anna.
  • I'm fascinated by it. -Laura
  • Amazing. -Carlos.


The fifth alternative to Winrar that we present to you is WinZip. WinZip is one of the most popular tools for compressing and decompressing files. This alternative to WinRAR is available in the Standard and Professional and runs on Windows and macaques.

Advantages of WinZip:

  • Compresses and extracts files quickly and reliably
  • Very complete standard version available at an affordable price.
  • The .zipx format offers high quality compression.

WinZip Reviews: [Average Rating 4'7/5]

  • Fantastic. -Anna.
  • I'm fascinated by it. -Laura
  • Amazing. -Carlos.


The sixth of the seven best alternatives to Winrar is Bandzip. Another good alternative to WinRAR is Bandizip, although it is a paying alternative for Mac users (available from approx. 20 euros). The tool is available for Windows and MacOS operating systems(the Free version of Windows offers the same features as the paid version for macOS).

Advantages of Bandzip:

  • File integrity check.
  • Integration in the Explorer shell menu.
  • It is compatible with many formats.
  • The version for Windows is completely free.

Reviews of Bandzip: [Average rating 4'8/5]

  • Good one. -Carmen.
  • It's free and it works. -Paco.
  • I love it. -Marta.


The seventh and final alternative to Winrar is FreeArc. FreeArc is a free alternative to WinRAR with a to compress files. The tool works in Windows and Linux, allows you to create self-extracting files and operates at high speed.

Advantages of FreeArc:

  • Maximum and fast understanding.
  • Allows many adjustments.
  • Free tool.

FreeArc Reviews: [Average Rating 4'8/5]

  • The best I've ever tasted. -Francisco.
  • I can unpack everything. -Lorena.
  • I love it. -Anna.

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