Archive name and parameters dialog: general options

The dialog contains the following items:

Destination archive name

Enter the name manually or press the "Browse" button to browse for the archive name. You may enter a name containing a disk letter or the full path to the archive.


Opens the menu allowing to create new, organize and select compression profiles. Compression profiles allow you to quickly restore previously saved compression options or to specify default options for this dialog. WinRAR provides a few predefined profiles optimized for creating e-mail attachments, backup files and other operations. Please see the topic Compression profiles for more information.

Archive format (RAR or ZIP )

If ZIP format selected, some advanced options, not supported by this archive format, will be disabled;

Compression method

Volume size in "Split to volumes" field, if you wish to create volumes

By default it is entered in bytes. But if you add a lowercase letter 'k' at the end of the volume size, the entered value will be considered as kilobytes (multiplied by 1024). Use an uppercase 'K' to denote thousand of bytes (multiply by 1000), 'm' means megabytes, 'M' - million of bytes, 'g' - gigabytes, 'G' - billion (milliard) of bytes. It is also possible to select the volume size from the list associated with this item.

You can customize this list using Define volume sizes dialog. To activate it press "Define volume sizes…" button in Compression settings dialog.

Note that if you are archiving to a removable disk, you may select "Autodetect" from the list and WinRAR will choose the volume size automatically for each new volume.

Update mode

Available for RAR format only.

Delete files after archiving

Remove successfully archived source files.

Create SFX archive

Creates a self-extracting archive (exe file), which can be unpacked without using any other programs. You may select the type of SFX module and set a few other SFX parameters like a destination folder in the Advanced options of this dialog.

Create solid archive

Creates a solid archive. Usually gives higher compression ratios, but applies some restrictions. Read the description of solid archives for more details.

Put authenticity verification

Put, in the archive, information concerning the creator, last update time and archive name. In archive management mode it is possible to read the authenticity information using the Show information command. In order to enable the authenticity verification feature, the program must be registered. Please read the License and registering information chapter for more information.

WinRAR authenticity verification can be forged and does not provide the same level of security as modern digital signature schemes based on public key infrastructure. We recommend to use this WinRAR feature as informational only, like a special archive comment. Avoid it in situations, when accurate information about archive creator is important.

Put recovery record

Adds the recovery record, which may help to restore an archive in case of damage. You may specify a size of the recovery record in the Advanced options of this dialog. The default value is about a percent of the total archive size.

Test archived files

Test files after archiving. This option is especially useful if "Delete files after archiving" is also enabled. In this case files will be deleted only if the archive had been successfully tested.

Lock archive

A locked archive cannot be modified by WinRAR. You may lock important archives to prevent accidental modification.