7-Zip Reviews

7Zip is really awesome 1 Helpful

Positive Review by jamesanderson
about 7-Zip and WinRAR Oct 2016

I see a few comments about users coming from winrar and switching over to 7zip. We are one of those too.

7zip may show as unfriendly until you show the users that they can right click and use 7zip from the right click menu.

7zip can also extract many compressed file and has decent compression ratio. Its compression ratio though is not as good as windrar's compression ratio. If the compression ratio is not of a concern, then 7zip is perfect especially for the cost.

7zip also has a command line interface which means you can do quite a bit of automation. This is something for more advanced users.


beginner unfriendly -2 Helpful

Negative Review by max88
about 7-Zip Jun 2016

The 7-Zip developer has no clue how to make the program Windows user-friendly (though experts and Unix types will have no trouble). A waste of time for a neophyte to try Help or FAQ or the forum, and you won't have permission to post a request for help for something so simple as "how to start the program".
If you simply need to unzip a gzip file (.gz) file someone emailed you, with Windows 8.1: At 7-Zip.org
download the file e.g. 7z1602.exe, then double-click it and install it; then to associate the program with the file type: in the directory created e.g. C:\Program Files\7-Zip\
double-click 7zFM.exe to launch it, click Tools > Options > System tab: select gz, click + at the top, OK, exit.
Then to convert the .gz file to an uncompressed file, double-clicking the .gz file should bring up a box suggesting to use 7-Zip, click that, then when 7-Zip opens, select the file and click Extract, and select or create the folder where you want it to be extracted to, click OK and voila, the desired file appears in the same directory.


Free and lightweight and gives all the options - perfect 1 Helpful

Positive Review by Behemoth665
about 7-Zip Apr 2016

Using it for I don't know how many years and it's never failed me
Super light and easy to use


Like many... 2 Helpful

Positive Review by CoryIsBatman
about 7-Zip Apr 2016

I was a WinRAR user for years and 7-Zip is not only superior but completely free!


I was a winrar fanatic 2 Helpful

Review by zitamross
about 7-Zip Apr 2015

I have switched from winrar to this and its great.


Awesome? That's it. 1 Helpful

Positive Review by JenStern
about 7-Zip Aug 2014

What a great tool. Very handy with plenty of compressed files. Minimal interface, many options, no belles and whistles.


Can't extract tar.gz files -1 Helpful

Negative Review by blackboard
about 7-Zip and WinRAR, PeaZip Jun 2012

7zip hasn't been updated since 2010. But, tar.gz files have been around for decades. 7zip makes you extract the gzip, then tar, one at a time. It's not as awful as peazip which will essentially shut down your computer if you try the same thing, but I think I'm going back to WinRAR.


The best free alternative to WinRAR 1 Helpful

Positive Review by JonM33
about 7-Zip and WinRAR Jun 2011

Great program, all of it's features allowed me to remove WinRAR. It will extract from multi-part RAR files. You just need to right click on the first .RAR file and tell it to extract. It will automatically extract through the rest.
For a free alternative I can't find a better solution.