rev. 7 May 2008

7zip7-Zip
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.
PeaZipPeaZip
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.
IZARCIZARC
License: Freeware
Description: This multi-format compression tool claims to unpack an impressive variety of archive types and looks to be very full-featured.
ZipGeniusZipGenius
License: Freeware
Description: This is another intuitive archiving tool with support for a wide variety of archives, including one-step .tar.[gz|bz2].
ALZipALZip
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.
ExtractNowExtractNow
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.
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5 Comments to “Archivers and Compressors”

  1. Stuart Kelly says:

    ZipGenius is a free archive tool http://www.zipgenius.it/eng/index.php 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 http://www.filzip.com/
    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 PortableApps.com that you can run off of a CD, Flashdrive, External Harddrive, etc.

  5. zaerion says:

    universal extractor is pretty nice also.

    http://legroom.net/software/uniextract

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