rev. 7 May 2008

License: Open Source
Description: 7Zip is an open-source archiver similar to WinZip or WinRAR. It also has support for its own “7z” compression type, which is considerably more powerful than its RAR, ACE, or ZIP counterparts.
License: Open Source
Description: PeaZip is a really attractive-looking archiver frontend. It began mostly as a frontend to its only .pea format, which doesn’t seek the best compression, but rather the best encryption/security. However, the program has recently added generic support for a lot more programs, and is becoming a really nice client. As a warning, however, it doesn’t support drag & drop (this feature is heavily tied to desktop environment, and PeaZip is cross-platform). So while that disqualifies it as my main archiver, I recommend this client if such a feature isn’t important to you.
KGB Archiver
License: Open Source
Description: This relatively new archiver boasts a powerful native compression format, but the interface is nowhere near as friendly as that of 7-Zip. An interesting newcomer to the compression utility world, however, and worth a look.
License: Freeware
Description: This multi-format compression tool claims to unpack an impressive variety of archive types and looks to be very full-featured.
License: Freeware
Description: This is another intuitive archiving tool with support for a wide variety of archives, including one-step .tar.[gz|bz2].
License: Freeware
Description: This multi-formatted archiving program features an easy-to-use interface (with rather ugly icons, if I may say so). It is free for non-commercial use. As of v7.0, it also sports a native x64 version.
License: Freeware
Description: ExtractNow is a small, simple utility for extracting from a wide variety of archives—it’s the only free solution that can manage StuffIt archives. It’s perhaps not as intuitive as WinZip, WinRAR, or 7-Zip, but it’s a nifty little program.
§1434 · By · October 10, 2006 ·

5 Comments to “Archivers and Compressors”

  1. Stuart Kelly says:

    ZipGenius is a free archive tool I use instead of compressed folders

  2. Ben says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Stuart. It looks like a good program; I’ll check it and add it in the next few days.

  3. Robert says:

    I like the program filzip located at
    Has a nice gui, fast, clean and also knows the .tar, tgz and .gz files I often use.

  4. Mike says:

    7Zip is awesome. Plus there’s also a portable version on that you can run off of a CD, Flashdrive, External Harddrive, etc.

  5. zaerion says:

    universal extractor is pretty nice also.

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