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    PowerArchiver

    PowerArchiver is a proprietary file archiver for Microsoft Windows. It supports full read-write access to several different archive formats, including ZIP, 7z and Tar....

    Commercial Windows

  • IZArc icon

    IZArc

    IZArc is the best freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA...

    Free Windows iPhone iPad

    • Warning The installer force you to install a malware program, as written on WOT ( https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/izarc.org )
    • Bundleware The installer force you to install a malware program, as written on WOT ( https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/izarc.org )
  • Easy 7-Zip

    Easy 7-Zip is an easy-to-use version of 7-Zip. Originally, Easy 7-Zip was built based on 7-Zip 9.20. I kept all features of 7-Zip and added a few useful features that...

    Open Source Windows

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    Free Opener

    Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software. Currently, the software supports over 80...

  • gzip

    GNU Gzip is a software application used for file compression and decompression. It is based on the DEFLATE algorithm, which is a combination of LZ77 and Huffman coding.

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • BetterZip icon

    BetterZip

    Extract Only Files You Really Need. Create Archives. Update Archives. Protect Your Data. Open Archives Without Extracting (ZIP, SIT, TAR, GZip, BZip2, RAR, 7-Zip...

    Commercial Mac

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    KGB Archiver

    KGB Archiver is the compression tool with an unbelievably high compression rate. Unfortunately, in spite of its powerful compression rate, it has high hardware...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Software no longer updated since 2 years ago. Site domain is on sale.
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    Info-ZIP

    Info-ZIP is a set of open-source software to handle ZIP archives. It has been in circulation since 1989. It consists of 4 separately-installable packages: the Zip and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued No updates since 2008
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    Entropy

    Easily create, open and preview popular archive files like ZIP, RAR, 7z, TGZ and more ( 30+ formats supported ). An unparalleled feature set makes Entropy the...

    Commercial Mac

    • Discontinued No support for macOS Sierra. No Update since 13.12.2013 so since 3 years. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/entropy/id437151949

7-Zip Comments

Essential !!! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by ChelOis
about 7-Zip Apr 2017

If you still have doubts about this gem, just notice its number of "Likes" compared to those of the next competitor: WinRAR.

This is an essential part of the Freeware / OpenSource suite of applications that I always install and use on my PC.

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Poor features

Negative Comment by Hexaae
about 7-Zip Feb 2017

Honestly Bandizip and ZipWare (both free) are much superior in terms of UI, better drag'n'drop, supported formats, etc. and are lightweight.
I still wonder why people knows only WinRAR and 7Zip....

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Solid block size 2 Helpful

Positive Comment by SagePtr
about 7-Zip Jul 2016

Can specify solid block size for compression. This feature is missing in WinRAR, which can create only fully solid or non-solid archives.
It's very useful when you need to pack many small files into single archive with good compression rate (which cannot be done without making archive solid in case of lot small files), but retain ability to quickly extract arbitary file. In this mode, files are grouped into blocks of given size, so you don't need to skip entire archive to get the file in the end, you just need to skip from beginning of the file's block.

[Edited by SagePtr, July 19]

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No recovery/parity 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by snakyjake4
about 7-Zip Nov 2015

No recovery/parity. There needs to be improvements for long term archiving.

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Goosebumps -4 Helpful

Comment by LorDestinY
about 7-Zip and HaoZip Aug 2015

The User Interface is so ugly that it gives me goosebumps every time I see it.

Try HaoZip. You wont regret it.

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RAR5 support! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Andrea85
about 7-Zip Aug 2015

Finally with the latest beta version (15.06) it can even handle RAR5 files. :)

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Best archive manager 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by SpiderMan
about 7-Zip Jul 2015

Free, open source, powerful. 7z is an awesome format! What else do you need?

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No more unpaid software 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by manuellazzari
about 7-Zip Jun 2015

At the end we did it :)

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The Best 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by impossible
about 7-Zip Aug 2013

No other like it, just does what it is suppose to do!

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Some random stuff... -1 Helpful

Comment by realnabarl
about 7-Zip and KuaiZip, B1 Free Archiver, FreeArc Jan 2013

The most popular formats are zip, rar and 7z.

Zip is free, but its features are quite limited nowadays.

Rar has quite a lot nice features.

7z does not have recovery record feature, but that is not very important, for my experience these years, I'm not helped with WinRAR recovery record feature. Internet transfer corruption? I did not experienced that.

The compression ratio is not that important like earlier days. So Rar cannot be called "bad" in most cases. The most superior of 7z is lossless bitmat compression (like BMP).

Do we need other formats?
There are arc format from Small FreeArc iconFreeArc, b1 format from Small B1 Free Archiver iconB1 Free Archiver, kz from Small KuaiZip iconKuaiZip, PEA from Small PeaZip iconPeaZip, if there are more good format, please comment. Arc is better IMO, and it is still in developing. But all of these do not have big difference, and the newer ones do not supported by most archivers. Self-extract archive with exe? Not a bad idea but is it really necessary for us to do that? It will confuses people IMO. So maybe we still just need 7z.

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Yes. 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Mighty_Mac
about 7-Zip May 2012
  1. Good compression ratio
  2. Opens almost anything
  3. Free. What more could you ask for?
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The 64-bit version is not working very flawlessly with Wint ...

Comment by web_knows
about 7-Zip Jun 2011

The 64-bit version is not working very flawlessly with Wintdows 7 64-bit. Other than that,4/5.

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Themes for 7-Zip 1 Helpful

Comment by DanMan
about 7-Zip Jun 2011

To remedy the ugly looks of both the program and the icons, try [7-Zip Theme Manager](http://killercookie-server.media-xshell.com/7zTM/ )

[Edited by Venom88, June 05]

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the best file archive utility ever

Positive Comment by trekeyus
about 7-Zip and WinZip Jun 2011

The best file archive utility ever. I just wish they would implement zipx faster so i can remove Winzip.

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