Alternatives to WinRAR for all platforms with any license

  • 7-Zip icon


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

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Eventually .7z will be the replacement since it's has a better compression algorithm
      InsaneFromEarth 6/29/2016
  • PeaZip icon


    PeaZip is a free and open-source file manager and file archiver for Windows, Linux and BSD made by Giorgio Tani. It supports its...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • The Unarchiver icon

    The Unarchiver

    The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac...

    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 2/12/2016
  • Bandizip icon


    Bandizip is 100% free Archiver for home and office. It handles the most popular compression formats, including Zip, 7z, and Rar...

    Free Windows

  • WinZip icon


    WinZip is a proprietary file archiver and compressor. It allows you to easily zip (compress) and unzip (decompress) files, encrypt...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • File Roller icon

    File Roller Discontinued

    File Roller is the archive manager of the GNOME desktop environment. It can extract, view, create and modify archives. File Roller is...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • HaoZip icon

    HaoZip Discontinued Warning

    Haozip is a powerful free archive manager. It can compress and extract archives in 7z, ZIP and TAR formats and can extract RAR, ISO...

    Free Windows

  • IZArc icon

    IZArc Warning Bundleware

    IZArc is the best freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA...

    Free Windows iPhone iPad

  • FreeArc icon

    FreeArc Discontinued

    FreeArc is a free and open source file archiver developed by Bulat Ziganshin. It uses LZMA, PPMD, TrueAudio and GRzip algorithms with...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • 7z SFX-Creator icon

    7z SFX-Creator Discontinued

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

    Open Source Windows

  • B1 Free Archiver icon

    B1 Free Archiver

    [Be careful during the installation: Forum ] B1...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet

    • it does not uncompress files more than 500MB
      Guest 7/30/2015
  • PowerArchiver icon


    PowerArchiver is a proprietary file archiver for Microsoft Windows. It supports full read-write access to several different archive...

    Commercial Windows

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  • ExtractNow icon

    ExtractNow Discontinued Warning

    ExtractNow is a simple utility that allows you to extract multiple archives quickly and easily. Why wear out your clicking finger...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Wine

  • p7zip icon


    p7zip is a port of the command line version of the 7-Zip file archiver to POSIX-conforming operating systems like Unix (Linux...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD Haiku

  • Zipware icon


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

    Free Windows

  • BetterZip icon


    Extract Only Files You Really Need. Create Archives. Update Archives. Protect Your Data. Open Archives Without Extracting (ZIP...

    Commercial Mac

  • Unarchiver icon


    UnZip files from many other applications: ? In Mail: long press attachment ? In ? DropBox: press [->] button. ? In Safari:...

    Commercial iPhone HP webOS iPad

  • Info-ZIP icon

    Info-ZIP Discontinued

    Info-ZIP is a set of open-source software to handle ZIP archives. It has been in circulation since 1989. It consists of 4...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Xarchiver icon


    Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with the GTK+2 toolkit. It was developed with a simple GUI which...

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

  • KuaiZip icon

    KuaiZip Warning

    KuaiZip is a free, convenient, fast compressor and decompressor, with advanced compression technology and a proprietary of compression...

    Free Windows

  • Entropy icon

    Entropy Discontinued

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

    Commercial Mac

  • AppCompactor icon


    AppCompactor allows you to easily compress applications to decrease size on disk and increase performance when running from slow...

    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...

    Commercial Mac

  • 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...

    Freemium Windows

  • ArcThemAll! icon


    A simple software to multiple compress files and folders. ArcThemAll provides compression and extraction of batches of multiple...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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....

    Free Windows

  • KGB Archiver icon

    KGB Archiver Discontinued

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

    Open Source Windows

  • UltimateZip icon


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

    Commercial Windows

  • Bitser icon


    Bitser is free Windows zip software for managing archives and backups. It supports ZIP, ZIPX, 7Z, RAR, ISO, MSI, VHD, GZIP, BZIP2,TAR...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Windows

  • ALZip icon


    ALZip is a file compression program that can unzip 40 different zip file archives. ALZip can zip files into 8 different archives such...

    Free Personal Windows

  • SimplyRar icon

    SimplyRar Discontinued

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

    Free Mac

  • Ark icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

  • WinAce icon

    WinAce Discontinued

    WinAce is not just another archiving shell. With it's own powerful compression format ACE and built-in support for other popular...

    Commercial Windows

  • Kudesnik Archiver icon

    Kudesnik Archiver

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

    Open Source Android

WinRAR Comments


Negative Comment by snakyjake4
about WinRAR Nov 2015

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



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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.