How to create a RAR file in Windows 11 (step by step)

Learn how to create a RAR file with 7-Zip on Windows 11 with this step-by-step tutorial.

RAR is a proprietary archive file format that supports data compression, error correction and file spanning. A RAR file may contain one or more files or folders that may have been compressed.

How to make a RAR file in Windows 11 using WinRAR

WinRAR is a trialware file archiver for Microsoft Windows.

WinRAR isn't free, but the company offers a 40-day free trial before you're supposed to purchase a license to keep using it. But, as anyone who used it regularly knows, when those 40 days are up, nothing happens. You'll only get a frequent pop-up reminder about buying a license, but you can continue using WinRAR for free forever.

WinRAR website

I will first explain how to download and install WinRAR, but if you already have WinRAR installed on your PC or know how to download and install software, you can skip the first few steps and continue with step 12.

You can download WinRAR here.


1. Open your web browser.

2. Go to

3. Click on Downloads in the left menu.

WinRAR downloads

4. Scroll down to the “English WinRAR and RAR release” section.

5. Click on the WinRAR x64 (64 bit) link to download the program.

Download WinRAR

6. Open the WinRAR installation file you've just downloaded.

WinRAR installation file

7. If a “User Account Control” window appears, you click Yes.

An installation window will open.

8. Click on Install at the bottom of the installation window.

WinRAR installation window

9. In the next window, you can select the archive types to handle with WinRAR (e.g., RAR, ZIP, 7Z, etc.).

10. Click on OK.

WinRAR installation options

11. In the next window, you click on Done.

Complete WinRAR installation

WinRAR is now installed on your computer.

12. Open File Explorer.

Open File Explorer

13. Go to the files or folders you want to compress into a RAR file.

14. Select the files or folders.

15. Right-click on the selected files or folders.

16. Move your mouse cursor (pointer) to WinRAR. Note: If you don't see the WinRAR option, click on Show more options.

17. Click on Add to "....rar".

Create a RAR file

WinRAR will create the RAR file.