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  • 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 PortableApps.com

    • 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 has better compression. God bless 7-zip!!! Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • 7-Zip is highly efficient, open source archiver. KuboFHromoslavMay 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Free and open source, powerful, and with great support for different file formats. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    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...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

    • It is fast, has many file extensions and always updated. don1Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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...

    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
  • 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....

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    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...

    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...

    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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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...

    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...

    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.
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    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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Android Tablet

    • 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
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    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...

    Freemium Windows

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    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...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD Haiku

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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

WinRAR Comments

Poor features

about WinRAR · · -1 Helpful

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....

I don’t agree that WinRAR has a bad GUI and does not support a lot of formats. But the versions for Mac and GNU/Linux don’t even have a GUI, they are only command line tools, although the price is the same, I guess. Nevertheless, the programs that you suggest are only available for Windows.

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Forever Trial yet annoying popups

about WinRAR · ·

What's the point of buying it if i can still be able to use it on trial license forever ?

of course those popup to buy license is annoying

better i use 7-zip which is open source and has same functionality

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Price

about WinRAR · · 1 Helpful

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

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Switched

about WinRAR · · -2 Helpful

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

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Don't use the Mac version

about WinRAR · · 1 Helpful

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.

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

Comment by peterstaack
about WinRAR · Jun 2011 · -1 Helpful

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.

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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

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

Comment by JonM33
about WinRAR · Jun 2011 · 1 Helpful

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

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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.

i use cmd line for auto backups of documents, winrar makes ir incremental with up to 20 versions, its a very cool mufti-functional archiver

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