7Zip Vs WinRAR: The Complete Comparison 2021

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7Zip Vs WinRAR: The Complete Comparison 2021

Current Point

7Zip: 0

WinRAR: 0

Our System Details

Before starting the test, let’s see which system we are using for the comparison test.

  1. Processor: Intel Corei5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz 3.30 GHz
  2. RAM: 6.00 GB (5.89 GB usable)
  3. System Type: 64-bit Operating System
Our system details for 7Zip vs WinRAR comparison test

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Supported Platforms

So let’s start with our first comparison test for 7Zip Vs WinRAR.

7Zip Supports:

Windows 10/8/7 (32-bit, 64bit), Windows Vista/XP/2016/2012/2008/2003/2000/NT.

WinRAR Supports:

Windows 10/8/7 (32-bit, 64bit) and Android. If you want to use WinRAR on more old version of Windows then you can use WinRAR 4.20 version of it.

As the latest version of 7Zip supports more platforms than WinRAR, so we may need to choose 7Zip as the winner. But unfortunately, we can’t. Because WinRAR both supports Windows and Android. But 7Zip don’t support it. So we can’t choose any of them as the winner and we will consider it as a tie.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Supported Platforms: None. Its a tie. Both will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 1

WinRAR: 1

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Download Size

7Zip and WinRAR both of very light weight software. But let’s see which is lighter .

7Zip

It has different file for 64-bit type system and 32-bit type of system. The sizes for both types are:

32 Bit: 1.13 MB

64 Bit: 1.38 MB

7Zip File Sizes

WinRAR

Like 7Zip it also has different files for 64-bit type system and 32-bit type of system. The sizes for both types are:

32 Bit: 2.95 MB

64 Bit: 3.17 MB

WinRAR File Sizes

As we can see, 7Zip is lighter than WinRAR. So there hesitate to say that the winner for this test is 7Zip.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Download Size: 7Zip. So, it will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 2

WinRAR: 1

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Installation Step

As it is really tough to compare between 7Zip and WinRAR, we have also kept the installation steps in our test.

7Zip

To install 7Zip on your PC, you need to complete only 2 step. After completing installation process, it will not ask you anything and will automatically choose the default formats.

Install 7 Zip On Windows PC
Installed 7 Zip On Windows PC

WinRAR

To install WinRAR on your PC, you need to complete only 3 step. But like 7Zip you can complete the installation in only 2 steps. On its last step, it will ask you to choose all the formats which you want to use with WinRAR

Install WinRAR On Windows PC
Choose all file formats that you want to use with WinRAR
Click on OK to complete the installation Process

In this test, we have chosen WinRAR as the winner. Because WinRAR will ask your permission for formats which you want to use. But 7Zip will not.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Installation Step: WinRAR. So, it will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 2

WinRAR: 2

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Installation Time

As it is really tough to compare between 7Zip and WinRAR, we have also kept the installation steps in our test.

7Zip

According to our test, 7Zip took only 1.79 second to complete the installation.

7Zip Installation time

WinRAR

According to our test, WinRAR took only 1.24 second to complete the installation.

WinRAR Installation time

In this test, there are no doubt that WinRAR is the winner.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Installation Time: WinRAR. So, it will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 2

WinRAR: 3

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Interface

For this test we have just compressed a “Sample.txt” file into a “RAR” file and “7z” file.

7Zip

The interface of 7Zip almost same as WinRAR. But on its tool bar it has used icons to indicates its functions.

7Zip Interface

WinRAR

On the other hand, WinRAR has images for his functions which looks like more user-friendly than 7Zip.

WinRAR Interface

As our opinion, we loved WinRAR’s interface than 7Zip. So, we are again announcing WinRAR as the winner.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Interface: WinRAR. So, it will get another 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 2

WinRAR: 4

7Zip Vs WinRAR: License

7Zip

7Zip is a open-source software. It is totally free to use.

WinRAR

WinRAR is a 40-days trial software. You can only use this software for 40 days without any issue. After 40 days it will still let you to continue with the software but it will show you a warning every time you use it.

In this test, 7Zip has taken the position of winner. Because 7Zip is totally free and you need to pay a single penny. But for WinRAR you will get only 40 days trial software. If you want to buy its premium version then you may need to spent $25.20 for a license.

If you think that WinRAR will be best for you, we think you may buy the premium version to support the developer.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in License: 7Zip. So, it will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 3

WinRAR: 4

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Supported Formats For Compressing Files

7Zip and WinRAR are developed for different purpose. 7Zip mainly developed for compressing and extracting files in “7z” format and WinRAR is mainly developed for compressing and extracting files in “RAR” format.

7Zip

7Zip supports to compress files into:

  1. 7z
  2. XZ
  3. BZIP2
  4. GZIP
  5. TAR
  6. ZIP
  7. WIM

WinRAR

WinRAR supports to compress files into:

  1. RAR
  2. RAR4
  3. ZIP
WinRAR Supported Formats to Compress files

As we can see, 7Zip supports to compress files into 7 different formats where WinRAR supports only 3. So, we can easily decide the winner.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Supported Formats For Compressing Files: 7Zip. So it will get another 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 4

WinRAR: 4

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Supported Formats For Extracting Files

7Zip and WinRAR both supports large number of formats for extracting files. But which one supports more? Lets see.

7Zip

7Zip supports to extract files from:

  1. ARJ
  2. CAB
  3. CHM
  4. CPIO
  5. CramFS
  6. DEB
  7. DMG
  8. FAT
  9. HFS
  10. ISO
  11. LZH
  12. LZMA
  13. MBR
  14. MSI
  15. NSIS
  16. NTFS
  17. RAR
  18. RPM
  19. SquashFS
  20. UDF
  21. VHD
  22. WIM
  23. XAR
  24. 7z
  25. XZ
  26. BZIP2
  27. GZIP
  28. TAR
  29. ZIP
  30. WIM
  31. Z

WinRAR

WinRAR supports to extract files from:

  1. RAR
  2. ZIP
  3. 7Z
  4. ARJ
  5. BZ2
  6. CAB
  7. GZ
  8. ISO
  9. JAR
  10. LZ
  11. LZH
  12. TAR
  13. UUE
  14. XZ
  15. Z
  16. ZIPX
  17. 001

According to the software manual of 7Zip and WinRAR, 7Zip supports 31 different file formats to extract and WinRAR only 17.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Supported Formats For Extracting Files: 7Zip. So it will get another 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 5

WinRAR: 4

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Features

Lets see the features of 7Zip and WinRAR from this feature table:

Features

7Zip

WinRAR

File Manager

High compression ratio

256 AES Encryption

Supported File Size

16,000,000,000 GB

8,589,934,591 GB

Unicode file names

Solid compressing

Supports for 7z

Supports for RAR

Archive headers compressing

Supported Compressing Methods

4

Password Protection

Password Manager

Recovery Damaged Files

Supports for 7z files

Supports for RAR files

Backup

Drag-and-drop

Language Supported

87

47

Virus Scan

Repair Files

Wizard Tool

Free

From the feature table, we can see that WinRAR has more features than 7Zip. So, it is really easy to announce the Winner.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Features: WinRAR. So, we are giving it 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 5

WinRAR: 5

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Right-Click quick features

When we right-click on a file, we may see some quick features. After installing 7Zip or WinRAR, we will see more quick features provided by these.

7Zip

When you try to compress files and click on right side of your mouse after selecting all the files, you will see 6 quick functions of 7Zip.

7Zip Right-Click quick features

WinRAR

If you are using WinRAR, you will see 4 quick functions of WinRAR.

WinRAR Right-Click quick features

7Zip has more quick functions than WinRAR. More quick functions means it will help users to do their work more quickly.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Right-Click quick features: 7Zip. So, it will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 6

WinRAR: 5

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Benchmark

7Zip

According to 7Zip benchmark tool, its compressing speed is: 12812 KB/s and decompressing speed is: 204052 KB/s.

7Zip Benchmark

WinRAR

According to WinRAR benchmark tool, its compressing and decompressing speed is: 5204 KB/s.

WinRAR Benchmark

As we can see that, 7Zip’s compressing and decompressing speed is greater than WinRAR. So the winner will be 7Zip.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Benchmark: 7Zip. So, it will get 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 7

WinRAR: 5

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Compression Speed

To perform this test we had downloaded WhatsApp For Windows both 64 bit and 32 bit, Line, The Bat both 64 bit and 32 bit. It was total of 5 files and 555 MB. For giving you a clear explanation on this test, we have created a graph chart for you. Let’s explain, what we have found from that chart.

From this graph chart, we can see that, the 7Zip’s “Store” compression method took small time than WinRAR’s “Store” method.

But the 7Zip’s “Fastest” method is slower than WinRAR’s “Fastest” method.

After that we can see that, 7Zip’s Fast, Normal and Maximum compression method is faster than WinRAR’s Fast, Normal and Good method.

7Zip Vs WinRAR Compression Speed Comparison Graph Chart

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Compression Speed Comparison Graph Chart

At the last of this chart we can see a big difference between 7Zip and WinRAR. The 7Zip’s “Ultra” is too slower than WinRAR’s “Best” compression method.

At a glance, there are 6 different compression method in both software. Between these, WinRAR is faster in 2 method than 7Zip. These are: Fastest and Best. But 7Zip is faster in 4 method than WinRAR. These are: Store, Fast, Normal and Maximum.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Compression Speed: 7Zip. So, it will get another 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 8

WinRAR: 5

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Compression Ratio

For this test, we have calculated before compression and after compression sizes which we have got from the previous test. We have also created a graph chart for you. Let’s explain, what we have found from that chart.

From this graph chart, we can see that, the 7Zip’s “Store” compression method has same compression ratio as WinRAR’s “Store” method.


But the 7Zip’s Fastest, Fast, Normal, Maximum and Ultra method has greater compression ratio than WinRAR’s Fastest, Fast, Normal, Good and Best method.

7Zip Vs WinRAR - Compression Ratio

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Compression Ratio Comparison Graph Chart

So, we can easily declare the winner for this test is 7Zip.

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in Compression Ratio: 7Zip. So, it will get another 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 9

WinRAR: 5

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Decompression Speed

To perform this test, we have decompressed 2 files which we had already compressed on our previous test. One of those files was in “7z” format and another one in “RAR” format. For giving you a clear explanation on this test, we have created a graph chart for this test also. Let’s explain, what we have found from that chart.

From this graph chart, we can see that, 7Zip took more time than WinRAR to decompress the files.


7Zip had taken 15.22 second where WinRAR had taken only 13.33 second.


So, we can easily declare the winner for test is WinRAR.

7Zip Vs WinRAR - Decompressing Speed Test

7Zip Vs WinRAR: Decompression Speed Comparison Graph Chart

Winner

Between 7Zip and WinRAR, the Winner in decompression Speed: WinRAR. So, it will get another 1 point.

Current Point

7Zip: 9

WinRAR: 6

Best Compression Software between WinRAR and 7Zip

As we can see from this comparison test, 7Zip got 9 point and WinRAR got 6 points. That means the best compression software between 7Zip and WinRAR is 7Zip.

At a Glance: 7Zip Vs WinRAR Comparison

Check this comparison table to get a full summary of this comparison test between 7Zip and WinRAR.

Test

7Zip

WinRAR

Supported Platforms

1

1

Download Size

1

0

Installation Step

0

1

Installation Time

0

1

Interface

0

1

License

1

0

Supported Formats For Compressing Files

1

0

Supported Formats For Extracting Files

1

0

Features

0

1

Right-Click quick features

1

0

Benchmark

1

0

Compression Speed

1

0

Compression Ratio

1

0

Decompression Speed

0

1

Total

9

6

Winner: 7Zip

Conclusion

Both of these software are awesome and amazing. Any of them which you will chose, will loved by you. You can download both of them from the official website or also you can download it from Fileion.

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