Installing ARJ


Installing ARJ

Here are step-by-step instructions for installing ARJ, an optional external program required to work with ARJ files.

  1. ARJ is distributed as a self-extracting archive named ARJn.EXE, where n is a version number. Note that WinZip only supports 16-bit versions of ARJ and does not support 32-bit versions of ARJ. The earliest version of ARJ supported by WinZip® is ARJ 2.50a (ARJ250A.EXE); for the current version of ARJ supported by WinZip, visit First download the file from your favorite online service.
  2. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to create the folder C:\ARJ. You can use a different folder but then you will need to substitute that folder name in the following instructions.
  3. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to copy the ARJ installation executable from your download folder to the C:\ARJ folder.
  4. Double click on the file to run it. This will cause the files to "self-extract" into the C:\ARJ folder. You can then delete the installation executable if you wish, as it is not needed for day-to-day work with ARJ and WinZip.
  5. Start WinZip. Open the Options menu and click Configuration, then click the Program Locations tab.
  6. In the ARJ field of the Program Locations tab of the Configuration dialog box, type


    and click the OK button.

You can now access ARJ files the same way you access Zip files.

Note: like WinZip, ARJ is not free software. As with all shareware, if you use these programs you should register them with the appropriate vendor. See the license.doc file in your ARJ folder for details.

Note: ARJ 2.60 and later 16-bit versions provide long filename support under Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me. Long filename support is not available when running 16-bit versions of ARJ under Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP.