Command line for WinRar

Posted on 2004-10-27
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Does any one know how to specify a filename as an argument in WinRar?  Could not find anything in the help files for it, or on the net.  I seem to remember an old version of WinZip that had a command line syntax beginning with @.
Question by:queira
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    Hi queira,
    The syntax is this

    WINRAR  A  [ -switches ]  <Archive>  [ Files ]  [ @File lists ]

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    With the full installation, in the instalation folder alongside winrar, you'll find rar.exe.
    For command line, this is the one to use! Find below usage instructions and switches:

    RAR 3.20    Copyright (c) 1993-2003 Eugene Roshal    15 May 2003
    Registered to **********

    Usage:     rar <command> -<switch 1> -<switch N> <archive> <files...>
                   <@listfiles...> <path_to_extract\>

      a             Add files to archive
      c             Add archive comment
      cf            Add files comment
      cw            Write archive comment to file
      d             Delete files from archive
      e             Extract files to current directory
      f             Freshen files in archive
      i[par]=<str>  Find string in archives
      k             Lock archive
      l[t,b]        List archive [technical, bare]
      m[f]          Move to archive [files only]
      p             Print file to stdout
      r             Repair archive
      rc            Reconstruct missing volumes
      rn            Rename archived files
      rr[N]         Add data recovery record
      rv[N]         Create recovery volumes
      s[name|-]     Convert archive to or from SFX
      t             Test archive files
      u             Update files in archive
      v[t,b]        Verbosely list archive [technical,bare]
      x             Extract files with full path

      -             Stop switches scanning
      ac            Clear Archive attribute after compression or extraction
      ad            Append archive name to destination path
      ag[format]    Generate archive name using the current date
      ao            Add files with Archive attribute set
      ap<path>      Set path inside archive
      as            Synchronize archive contents
      av            Put authenticity verification (registered versions only)
      av-           Disable authenticity verification check
      c-            Disable comments show
      cfg-          Disable read configuration
      cl            Convert names to lower case
      cu            Convert names to upper case
      df            Delete files after archiving
      dh            Open shared files
      ds            Disable name sort for solid archive
      e<attr>       Set file exclude attributes
      ed            Do not add empty directories
      en            Do not put 'end of archive' block
      ep            Exclude paths from names
      ep1           Exclude base directory from names
      ep2           Expand paths to full
      f             Freshen files
      hp[password]  Encrypt both file data and headers
      idp           Disable percentage display
      ieml[addr]    Send archive by email
      ierr          Send all messages to stderr
      ilog[name]    Log errors to file (registered versions only)
      inul          Disable all messages
      ioff          Turn PC off after completing an operation
      isnd          Enable sound
      k             Lock archive
      kb            Keep broken extracted files
      m<0..5>       Set compression level (0-store...3-default...5-maximal)
      mc<par>       Set advanced compression parameters
      md<size>      Dictionary size in KB (64,128,256,512,1024,2048,4096 or A-G)
      ms[ext;ext]   Specify file types to store
      o+            Overwrite existing files
      o-            Do not overwrite existing files
      os            Save NTFS streams
      ow            Save or restore file owner and group
      p[password]   Set password
      p-            Do not query password
      r             Recurse subdirectories
      r0            Recurse subdirectories for wildcard names only
      ri<P>[:<S>]   Set priority (0-default,1-min..15-max) and sleep time in ms
      rr[N]         Add data recovery record
      rv[N]         Create recovery volumes
      s[<N>,v[-],e] Create solid archive
      s-            Disable solid archiving
      sfx[name]     Create SFX archive
      t             Test files after archiving
      ta<date>      Process files modified after <date> in YYYYMMDDHHMMSS format
      tb<date>      Process files modified before <date> in YYYYMMDDHHMMSS format
      tk            Keep original archive time
      tl            Set archive time to latest file
      tn<time>      Process files newer than <time>
      to<time>      Process files older than <time>
      ts<m,c,a>[N]  Save or restore file time (modification, creation, access)
      u             Update files
      v             Create volumes with size autodetection or list all volumes
      v<size>[k,b]  Create volumes with size=<size>*1000 [*1024, *1]
      vd            Erase disk contents before creating volume
      ver[n]        File version control
      vn            Use the old style volume naming scheme
      vp            Pause before each volume
      w<path>       Assign work directory
      x<file>       Exclude specified file
      x@            Read file names to exclude from stdin
      x@<list>      Exclude files in specified list file
      y             Assume Yes on all queries
      z<file>       Read archive comment from file

    Author Comment

    Thanks so much!!!!!

    Expert Comment

    anyone know how to make the -v switch work with 'list all volumes'?

    we're trying to make backups to several destination hard drives.

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