WinRAR is one of the most popular data compression and decompression utility which also known as file archiver. WinRAR has full support for RAR as its native conversion format. WinRAR can create archive in RAR or ZIP format, while support unpacking or extraction of ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, EXE, and 7z archives. WinRAR also has the ability to create self-extracting and multi-volume (split) archives, with support for advanced NTFS file system options, Unicode in file names and archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a 128-bit key.

WinRAR normally costs $29.00 to purchase. But for users who want a free copy of WinRAR without resorting to download and apply crack, keygen (key generator) or having to visit warez sites, WinRAR is giving away free license with genuine and legit rarreg.key, the activation license key file for WinRAR. The full version WinRAR been given out for free without any charge is version 3.80, an older version of WinRAR immediately preceding WinRAR 3.9x.

The free giveaway is a joint promotion for PC Welt readers in Germany only. Visitors from non-Germany location will receive the following error message instead when visiting the promo page:

WinRAR Covermount PC-WELT KampagneBitte beachten Sie: Dieses Angebot ist in Ihrem Land nicht erhaltlich!

Please note: This offer is not available in your country!

However, there is workaround to fix offer not available error to get free WinRAR, by using a proper proxy server or VPN, where user can trick the server into assuming the traffic is from Germany.

  1. Use any of the web proxies below:

  2. In the proxy server homepage, copy and paste the following free WinRAR promotional page URL into the URL text box, and hit Enter or “Go” button:

    Visit Website via Proxy

  3. Fill in the registration form with first name, last name and email address.
  4. Click on Abschicken button to submit.

    Register for Free WinRAR License Key

  5. An email will be sent from “” with title of “WinRAR Lizenzschlüssel und Update auf WinRAR 3.91”. Click on the link under the INSTALLATIONSHINWEISE section, which has the following format:

    Download WinRAR Registration Rarkey.rar

  6. Click on Download des Lizenzschlüssels link to download the license key, a file named rarkey.rar.

    Download Free rarkey.rar for WinRAR 3.80

  7. Download and install WinRAR 3.80: wrar380.exe

    Note: Only 32-bit (x86) version is available for WinRAR 3.80, so no 64-bit (x64) setup installer.

  8. Double-click on the rarkey.rar file and WinRAR license key will be automatically installed to activate and unlock the 40-day evaluation product to full version product.

    Alternatively, unzip the archive rarkey.rar, the drag and drop the extracted rarreg.key license key file into the WinRAR window to register, or copy the rarreg.key into WinRAR installation folder, typically located in C:\Program Files\WinRAR folder.

The free WinRAR 3.8 offer expires on March 15, 2010, and the download of the free license key file for the WinRAR 3.80 will active until September 30, 2010.