Winrar Self Extracting Exe

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WinRar, WinZip, 7-Zip, PeaZip, and other file archiver software are capable of creating self extracting archives, usually employing 7Z, RAR and ZIP compression for the archival part - learn more: what is a compressed archive file - and minimal sfx modules suitable for basic tasks of deployment of content as autonomous packages, not needing external dedicated decompression software and capable. SFX module displays 'Extract' button instead of 'Install' if no Setup or Presetup commands are present in the archive comment. If you prefer 'Install' button, but do not need to execute any setup programs, you can add Setup= command. Pengertian SFX (Self-Extracting) adalah suatu arsip yang digabungkan dengan suatu modul executable, yang berfungsi untuk menjalankan file dari arsip ketika dieksekusi. Tidak ada aplikasi ekternal yang dibutuhkan untuk mengektrak isi arsip ini. Walaupun demukian, WinRAR tetap bisa menangani arsip ini. Self-extracting (SFX) archives An SFX ( S el F -e X tracting) archive is an archive, merged with an executable module, which is used to extract files from the archive when executed. Thus no external program is necessary to extract the contents of an SFX archive, it is enough to execute it.

WinRAR is an archiving utility that you can use to back up your essential data, as well as using it to reduce the size of the email attachment. You can also use WinRAR to decompress RAR, ZIP and files downloaded from the internet, and make new archives in RAR and ZIP file formats.

Not a RAR file no. But WinRAR (and many other archivers able to make RAR files) can turn that RAR file into an EXE. They embed the decompressor into an executable and then include the original RAR file inside that.

The shareware can be used to unpack and convert CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, Z, and 7-Zip archives. It is available in multiple languages like English, Chinese, Spanish, Estonian, Euskera, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Indonesian, German, Danish, Dutch, Catalan, Burmese, Croatian, Belarusian, Czech, Mongolian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Ukrainian, Swedish, Vietnamese, Armenian, and so much more.

Why you should use WinRAR for Windows?

WinRAR has a robust and general multimedia compression capability. Solid compression, archive protection from any damage, scanning archives for viruses, programmable self-extracting files, NTFS and Unicode support are some of the few features of WinRAR for PC Windows. This software as earlier mentioned puts a lot of effort in making sure that disk space is always available, as it creates small archives from compressed files that can easily be shared. There is a unique audio and graphics algorithm for individual archiving that does not sacrifice the quality of these files.

To compress large files, you can split the archives into small volumes that can be spread across multiple devices which will be easily transferable to other computers. The software is designed with security tools that password protect archives, as well as encrypt file names for an added layer of safety. You can as well make use of this software to verify the integrity of some archives, and repair damaged or corrupt files. To configure settings that concern the compression method you prefer, you will have to be an expert user of this type of software. If you are, you can also use it to configure dictionary size, file update mode, self-extracting archives, recovery records in the event of loss of data, NTFS symbolic and hard links, as well as many other aspects.

So you do not expose your computer to risks, you can back up the file before compiling them I to archives, while virus scans can be executed before you extract data from the archives. However, WinRAR uses a lot of your system's resources while running, especially when it is archiving huge file.

Features of WinRAR

  • Supports all popular compression formats like RAR, CAB, ZIP, ARJ, LZH, 7-ZIP, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, and so on;
  • Automatically recognises and selects the best compression method for multimedia files.
  • 40 day free trial;
  • Special compression algorithm that compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries;
  • Split archives in different volumes, so they can be easily saved on several disks;
  • Password protect.


WinRAR is a great archive manager. It creates and decompresses RAR and ZIP files that you download from the internet. There are quite many additional functions to help you organize your data that have been compressed.

What's new in 5.71 version?

1. 'Convert archives' command:
a) improved performance when processing a lot of small archives
in Windows 10;
b) fixed memory leaks which could lead to excessive memory use
when converting to ZIP format.
2. Corrupt ZIP archive processing:
a) 'Repair' command replaces packed and unpacked file sizes stored
in local file header with sizes from central directory
if local header sizes look invalid;
b) file extraction is stopped at unpacked size stored in ZIP headers
even if available packed data allows further extraction.
It is done to prevent unexpected hard drive space usage.
3. Ctrl+C allows to abort RAR 'l' command quickly. In previous versions
it could take several seconds until list command stopped.
4. Bugs fixed:
a) WinRAR could crash when attempting to display some types of archive
comments in GUI shell, resulting in a denial of service;
b) if 'Save archive name' and 'Add to context menu' options were
set in compression profile parameters and profile was invoked
from Explorer context menu, WinRAR proposed an automatically
generated archive name instead of name saved in profile.
c) WinRAR displayed an unneeded pair of round brackets in 'Archive'
column of 'Diagnostic messages' window for system error messages;
d) 'Extract to folder' Windows Explorer context menu command could
fail to unpack ZIP archives if their names included a numeric
part followed by .zip extension, arbitrary data was present
before the first file record and 'Remove redundant folders from
extraction path' WinRAR option was switched on;
e) in 'RAR x -x<mask> arcname' command, parent folders of files
matching the specified mask also were excluded from extracting;
f) 'Find' command returned the current folder own name additionally
to its contents for 'Current folder' search area if folder name
matched 'File names to find' mask;
g) if 'Find in files' and 'Find in archives' are both enabled,
'Find' command did not match an archive name itself against
'File names to find' mask after searching inside of archive.
So it did not display archive names for masks like *.rar
and applied this mask only to files inside of archives;
h) when running an executable directly from archive, WinRAR 5.70
did not set a temporary folder with unpacked files as current.
So executables attempting to access other archived files
in current folder could fail to work;
i) WinRAR could be inaccessible for few seconds after closing
an archived file opened in internal viewer in Windows 10;
j) dragging a file to subfolder of ZIP archive with 'Store full paths'
option enabled produced invalid pathnames consisting of repeated
subfolder name. Same invalid pathnames were produced if adding files
to ZIP archive with -ap<folder> -ep2 switches.


More info

  • Developer:RARLab
  • Version:5.71
  • Downloads:58,317
  • Operating system:Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • MD5 Checksum:c064d1dc30027ba970c32c7a7c48b64a
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This article describes the command-line switches that are supported by a software installation package, an update package, or a hotfix package that's created by using Microsoft Self-Extractor.

Original product version: Windows 10 - all editions
Original KB number: 912203


A Self-Extractor package is a self-extracting executable (.exe) file. You can run the .exe file to install the package. To run the .exe file, use one of the following methods:

  • Double-click the .exe file.
  • Run the .exe file from a command line.
Winrar Self Extracting Exe

Run Self-Extractor packages from a command line

If you run the .exe file from a command line, several switches may be available for use in the package.


Winrar Create Self Extracting Exe Command Line

Not all switches may be available in all packages.

Winrar Self Extracting Exercises

To determine which switches are available in the package, use one of the following Help switches when you run the package at a command line:

  • /?
  • /h
  • /help

Winrar Self Extracting Exe

The following table lists the command-line switches that are supported by Microsoft Self-Extractor.

Winrar Self Extracting Exe Command Line

/extract:[path]Extracts the content of the package to the path folder. If a path is not specified, then a Browse dialog box appears.
/log:[path to log file]Enables verbose logging for the update installation.
In addition to the path information, the file name must be included. Because the command does not create a folder that does not exist, only an existing folder name should be provided. In addition to the file name that is specified, a separate log file will be created for each .msi file that is run.
/lang:lcidSets the user interface to the specified locale when multiple locales are available in the package.
/quietRuns the package in silent mode.
/passiveRuns the update without any interaction from the user.
/norestartPrevents prompting of the user when a restart of the computer is needed.
/forcerestartForces a restart of the computer as soon as the update is finished.
/?, /h, /helpShows this help message.