Alternatives to WinRAR for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Show 12 hidden platforms
  • 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

    • Eventually .7z will be the replacement since it's has a better compression algorithm InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • 7-zip is much faster than winrar . and more compresss . God bless 7-zip!!! Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

  • The Unarchiver icon

    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

    • Simple. In Winrar, you can see in the program, and copy files inside. You can only take out files with this. Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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
  • 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 )
  • 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 Android Android Tablet Web / Cloud

    • Bundleware Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
    • it does not uncompress files more than 500MB Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • PowerArchiver icon

    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. Additionally, read-only (decompression) support includes RAR, ACE...

    Commercial Windows

  • Know any more alternatives to WinRAR?

    Suggest an application to this list
  • 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

  • ExtractNow icon

    ExtractNow

    ExtractNow is a simple utility that allows you to extract multiple archives quickly and easily. Why wear out your clicking finger extracting files one by one when you can extract at once? ExtractNow does a fine job of bundling...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Wine

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Latest Version, 4.8.2.0, released on March 30th, 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Warning Has 3/56 anti-virus engines on VirusTotal found the installer to be malicious: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/f17f54c89bfd51c37fe5e2c767f42626449d8467686de27cbc12af70344833dd/analysis/1462730689/
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, CPIO, ARJ, LZH/LHA, JAR, WAR, CAB, ISO, CHM).

    Commercial Mac

  • Share this list of alternatives?

  • Unarchiver icon

    Unarchiver

    UnZip files from many other applications: ? In Mail: long press attachment ? In ? DropBox: press [->] button. ? In Safari: simply press on link to zip or RAR file. ? And in all other. ?Features? ? File Manager -...

    Commercial iPhone HP webOS iPad

  • 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

  • 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 Xfce BSD

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • KuaiZip icon

    KuaiZip

    KuaiZip is a free, convenient, fast compressor and decompressor, with advanced compression technology and a proprietary of compression format(KZ). KZ is a high ratio and fast format. KuaiZip support more than 40 compression formats...

    Free Windows

    • Warning The official website is malicious: https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/c3907e0d6c42bd37551d2bd2298743048fec2f1b0666e3216876e74e6be944aa/analysis/1452117297/
  • 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

  • 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

  • Ark icon

    Ark

    Ark is a program for managing various archive formats within the KDE environment.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

  • 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 makes the software more user-friendly.

    Open Source Windows

  • 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

  • UnRarX icon

    UnRarX

    If the command line is not your thing - heres a GUI front-end for unrar. Drag-and-Drop extraction. Built-in par2 recovery. Written by Peter Noriega.

    Free Mac

  • 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

  • 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.
  • SimplyRar icon

    SimplyRar

    A small software utility that enables you to easily create RAR archives.

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued The Reflections Visual Multimedia website is down but last version of SimplyRar, 1.0.8, released in November 2008, can be still downloaded from MacUpdate.

WinRAR Comments

Price

Negative Comment by snakyjake4
about WinRAR Nov 2015

I like the checksum and recovery. Don't like the price.

Reply

Switched

Positive Comment by Satuim
about WinRAR Jul 2013

It's not fully free, But it feels much more stable and complete then 7zip or PeaZip

Reply

Don't use the Mac version

Negative Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about WinRAR Oct 2011

The Mac version of WinRAR is just the Windows version wrapped inside Wine. A.k.a., it sucks. Drag-and-drop is nonexistent, the user interface clashes with the rest of OS X, your mouse scrolls way too fast when using it, hidden files are unhidden, and nothing really works that well in general.

Reply

I too continue to use WinRAR due to a long-standing familia ...

Comment by peterstaack
about WinRAR Jun 2011

I too continue to use WinRAR due to a long-standing familiarity with the program. It hasn't failed me yet, since I first started using it in 1994. I can still open archives that are 10+ years old, even some that were corrupted if they had a recovery record (better yet, if they had PAR2 parity files). The command line feature is extensively utilized for a lot of my backup jobs, and I don't see myself switching from WinRAR any time soon.

However, if I HAD to switch, 7Zip is also quite good. I'm also starting to take a liking to ALZip (and portable variants), especially for my less-tech-savvy clients.

Reply

Well, been using it for years now, in those days there were ...

Comment by DevilishVicious
about WinRAR Jun 2011

Well, been using it for years now, in those days there were no viable alternatives, but today a lot has changed and that is no longer the case. In spite of that, I find myself still using it, even when it's not free. If you take into account all it's features, things like, the extensive file support, the themes support, the main interface and other options, it still is a great piece of software. It should be cheaper, that's a given, but personally I can´t use anything else. Call me old fashioned :P

Reply

Great program but it isn't free. It certainly isn't worth t ...

Comment by JonM33
about WinRAR Jun 2011

Great program but it isn't free. It certainly isn't worth the cost that RarLab is asking for.

Reply

The one thing that I need this for is the ability to extrac ...

Comment by Alcedema
about WinRAR Jun 2011

The one thing that I need this for is the ability to extract all files needed when running an executable from within an archive. This allows the program to run with all files local and available to it rather than just executing the one file.

Reply