Alternatives to PowerArchiver for all platforms with any license

  • 7-Zip icon

    7-Zip

    7-Zip is an open-source file archiver, an application used primarily to compress files.

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • WinRAR icon

    WinRAR

    WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. You can try...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

  • PeaZip icon

    PeaZip

    PeaZip is a free and open-source file manager and file archiver for Windows, Linux and BSD made by Giorgio Tani. It supports its native PEA archive format (featuring compression, multi volume split and flexible authenticated...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    The Unarchiver

    The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "BOMArchiveHelper.app", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X. The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than BOMArchiveHelper, and to better fit...

    Open Source Mac

  • Bandizip icon

    Bandizip

    Bandizip is 100% free Archiver for home and office. It handles the most popular compression formats, including Zip, 7z, and Rar files for free!. Bandizip supports for compression and extraction: Zip(z01), ZipX(zx01), TAR, TGZ...

    Free Windows

  • File Roller icon

    File Roller

    File Roller is the archive manager of the GNOME desktop environment. It can extract, view, create and modify archives. File Roller is only a graphical interface to archiving utilities such as tar and zip.

    Open Source Linux GNOME

  • HaoZip icon

    HaoZip

    Haozip is a powerful free archive manager. It can compress and extract archives in 7z, ZIP and TAR formats and can extract RAR, ISO, UDF, ISZ, ACE, UUE, CAB, Bzip2, ARJ, JAR, LZH, RPM, Z, LZMA, NSIS, CHM, DMG, HFS, WIM, DEB, MSI...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 3.0, released in July 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Warning Even if the installer is clean after a VirusTotal scan, the website is reported as malicious by Firefox and Chrome
  • WinZip icon

    WinZip

    WinZip is a proprietary file archiver and compressor. It allows you to easily zip (compress) and unzip (decompress) files, encrypt zipped files, and email zipped files. WinZIP natively uses the ZIP and ZIPX formats but also has...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • FreeArc icon

    FreeArc

    FreeArc is a free and open source file archiver developed by Bulat Ziganshin. It uses LZMA, PPMD, TrueAudio and GRzip algorithms with automatic switching by file type, and also uses set of filters—for instance it can remove...

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Latest alpha version from August 2012 - http://freearc.org/history/changelog_full.htm
  • 7z SFX-Creator icon

    7z SFX-Creator

    A simple and easy to use GUI based on 7zip for creating self-extracting archives and self-extracting installers.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained. Last version, 1.3, released in October 2012, can be still downloaded from Google Project Hosting.
  • B1 Free Archiver icon

    B1 Free Archiver

    B1 Free Archiver is a free multi-platform universal archiver. Currently it works on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android; moreover B1 Online Archiver allows you to uncompress .b1, zip, rar or .7z archive from your computer directly online....

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet

    • Bundleware Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • p7zip icon

    p7zip

    p7zip is a port of the command line version of the 7-Zip file archiver to POSIX-conforming operating systems like Unix (Linux, Solaris, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Cygwin, AIX, ...), MacOS X and also for BeOS and Amiga.

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD Haiku

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  • 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, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG...

    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 )
  • Zipware icon

    Zipware

    Zipware is simple and free zip software for Microsoft Windows that supports all major archiving formats including the new RAR5 format. .

    Free Windows

  • Xarchiver icon

    Xarchiver

    Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with the GTK+2 toolkit. It was developed with a simple GUI which that could be used with any desktop environment and would operate using the command line rather than...

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

  • Free Opener icon

    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 different file formats including Microsoft Office Files (.doc...

    Free Windows

  • Universal Viewer icon

    Universal Viewer

    Universal Viewer is an advanced file viewer for wide range of formats. Supported file formats are: Images: all major graphics formats: JPG BMP ICO GIF PNG WMF TIFF PSD..., over 40 formats. Also RAW images from 400+ cameras are...

    Freemium Windows

  • AppCompactor icon

    AppCompactor

    AppCompactor allows you to easily compress applications to decrease size on disk and increase performance when running from slow media, like flash drives. It's packaged as a portable app, so you can work with your apps anywhere....

    Open Source Windows

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  • Info-ZIP icon

    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 UnZip command-line utilities; and WiZ and MacZip, which are...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued No updates since 2008
  • ArcThemAll! icon

    ArcThemAll!

    A simple software to multiple compress files and folders. ArcThemAll provides compression and extraction of batches of multiple folders or files with simple drag&drop loading. It includes an intelligent UPX compression mode, the...

    Open Source Windows

  • KGB Archiver icon

    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 requirements (I recommend processor with 1,5GHz clock and 256MB of RAM as...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Software no longer updated since 2 years ago. Site domain is on sale.
  • The Archive Browser icon

    The Archive Browser

    The Archive Browser is a program that lets you browse the contents of archives, as well as extract them. It will let you open files from inside archives, and lets you preview them using Quick Look.

    Commercial Mac

  • Entropy icon

    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 ultimate archiving app: • EXTRACT all major archive formats •...

    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
  • Open Freely icon

    Open Freely

    Open Freely: the Easiest Way To Open ALL Files For FREE! Edit, Print & Save All Microsoft Office Files One Program To Open Many File Types - Over 100 Types Supported Built For Windows. Windows 7, Vista, XP all...

    Free Windows

  • UltimateZip icon

    UltimateZip

    UltimateZip has all the features you need to archive, encrypt, share and shrink your files.

    Commercial Windows

  • Bitser icon

    Bitser

    Bitser is free Windows zip software for managing archives and backups. It supports ZIP, ZIPX, 7Z, RAR, ISO, MSI, VHD, GZIP, BZIP2,TAR, LZMA, LZMA2, NTFS, FAT, MBR, SquashFS, CramFS, MSLZ, CAB, CPIO, DEB, LZH, NSIS, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR...

    Free Windows

  • BitZipper icon

    BitZipper

    Unzip WinZip, WinRAR, WinAce and many other types of archives as easy as 1-2-3! If you download files from the Internet, BitZipper is what you need to access them. Features: Supports the majority of archive formats You may...

    Commercial Windows

  • WinAce icon

    WinAce

    WinAce is not just another archiving shell. With it's own powerful compression format ACE and built-in support for other popular compression types like ZIP, RAR and MS-CAB (to name a few), WinAce could actually become the only...

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.69, released in November 2007, can be still downloaded from FileHippo
  • Kudesnik Archiver icon

    Kudesnik Archiver

    Light archive manager "Kudesnik". Formats: ZIP, JAR, RAR, 7-ZIP. Create and decompress archives.

    Open Source Android

  • ALZip icon

    ALZip

    ALZip is a file compression program that can unzip 40 different zip file archives. ALZip can zip files into 8 different archives such as ZIP, EGG, TAR and others. In ALZip version 8, ALZip’s own EGG format, that Unicode and other...

    Free Personal Windows

  • TUGZip icon

    TUGZip

    TUGZip is a powerful freeware archiving utility for Windows that provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files, as well as very powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Development is discontinued. Last version, 3.5.0.0, released on April 2nd 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Archiver icon

    Archiver

    Archiver (formerly known as Rucksack) is a must-have tool for anyone working with archives. Open all popular archive formats including RAR, StuffIt, 7zip, and of course Zip. Safely backup your files with Archiver built-in encryption...

    Commercial Mac

  • Zipeg icon

    Zipeg

    Zipeg is a universal open source archive extractor that supports ZIP and RAR (among other archiving formats). With just a click you can open a file and see what is inside. It is incapable of compressing files, although it is able...

    Open Source Mac Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in July 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • CabPack icon

    CabPack

    A freeware compression program with which you can create cabinet (.CAB) files. With just a few mouse clicks you specify which files to compress, which compression method to use, where the output files should go and whether or not the...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued No update since 2001.

PowerArchiver Comments

There are freeware alternatives that functionally do almost ...

Comment by sesam
about PowerArchiver Jun 2011

There are freeware alternatives that functionally do almost everything as the commercial archivers. However for an application I use daily, I'm willing to pay a little to get an overall more enjoyable experience. PowerArchiver has a beautiful looking GUI, it is fast and supports all formats you would expect. And it has a few unique features like an ftp client, burning cd's etc...

Also you get free updates, and the price is affordable, making this what I think is the best commercial archiver.

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