How to Install WinRAR on Windows 11

WinRAR is a popular file archiver utility that can create and extract compressed files in various formats. This guide will walk you through the steps to download and install WinRAR on Windows 11.


Installing WinRAR on your Windows 11 PC allows you to manage compressed files efficiently. Whether you need to extract files from an archive or compress files to save space, WinRAR offers a simple and effective solution. Follow these steps to install WinRAR on Windows 11.

Step 1: Download WinRAR

  1. Open your web browser: Launch your preferred web browser (e.g., Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).
  2. Visit the WinRAR website: Go to the official WinRAR download page at

Step 2: Choose the Correct Version

  1. Select the appropriate version: Ensure you download the version of WinRAR that matches your system architecture (most modern systems are 64-bit). Click on the download link for WinRAR x64 (64 bit) or WinRAR x86 (32 bit), depending on your system.

Step 3: Download the Installer

  1. Download the installer: Click on the download link to start downloading the WinRAR installer. The file will typically be named something like winrar-x64-xx.exe (where xx is the version number).

Step 4: Install WinRAR

  1. Locate the installer: Once the download is complete, locate the installer file in your Downloads folder or the location where your browser saves downloaded files.
  2. Run the installer: Double-click on the installer file (winrar-x64-xx.exe) to start the installation process.

Step 5: Follow the Installation Wizard

  1. User Account Control: If prompted by User Account Control (UAC), click Yes to allow the installer to make changes to your device.
  2. Select installation options: In the WinRAR setup window, you can choose the destination folder for WinRAR (the default location is usually fine). Click Install to continue.
  3. Configure options: After installation, the setup will prompt you to configure file associations and other options. You can select which file types you want WinRAR to associate with. It's generally recommended to leave the default selections. Click OK to proceed.
  4. Finish installation: Once the configuration is complete, click Done to finish the installation process.

Step 6: Verify the Installation

  1. Open WinRAR: You can now open WinRAR by searching for it in the Start menu or by double-clicking on the WinRAR shortcut on your desktop (if you chose to create one during installation).
  2. Check the version: In the WinRAR application, you can go to Help > About WinRAR to verify the installed version.

Additional Tips

  • Integration with File Explorer: WinRAR integrates with Windows File Explorer, allowing you to right-click on files and folders to compress or extract them directly.
  • Trial Period: WinRAR offers a free trial period. After the trial period, you can continue to use it with a nag screen, or you can purchase a license for continued use without interruptions.


You have successfully learned how to download and install WinRAR on Windows 11. By following these steps, you can efficiently manage compressed files on your PC, making it easier to share and store data. Regularly update WinRAR to ensure you have the latest features and security improvements.