Alternatives to 7-Zip for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

    • WinRAR does not have an OS X compatible GUI. Only the WinRAR command line tool is OS X compatible. Guest • Jun 2016 • 16 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 7-zip had some issues displaying all the files. neal_colgrassApr 2018 • 7 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's fastest, more secure, all that i want. alfinge0893Dec 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Bandizip

    Bandizip is a free Archiver for home and office. It handles the most popular compression formats, including Zip, 7z, and Rar files for free!. Bandizip supports for...

    • Support all common compression format, very lightweight, nice interface. Frequently updated. No Ads. My favorite tool for compressed stuff. roossoNov 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Equivalent functionality but with a nicer interface! Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Great UI, efficient yet powerful Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows

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  • The Unarchiver

    The Unarchiver is a small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files. It will open common formats such as Zip, RAR (including v5)...

    • The Unarchiver requires the user to unzip the files into a folder. 7-zip allows the user to open a preview of the zip, pull out files and edit things, and simply close the program to rezip it. Guest • Aug 2015 • 12 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac

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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...

    • This is a good alternative to the 7Zip GUI frontend. 7Zip for Linux only has the command line and library-based access, and users need a separate front end. FileRoller is currently the best available archive browser for GTK/GNOME based environments. Guest • Mar 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is called Archive Manager in Ubuntu tejasshettyAug 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux GNOME

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  • Keka

    Keka is a full featured file archiver, as easy as it can be. With Keka you can compress as many files as you want in a bunch of formats. Divide files and protect them...

    • While Keka works with more file formats that OS X's native compressed file handler, that's about all that it does. Keka does not let you view a file without first decompressing it into another directory. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Keka is a port of 7-Zip on Mac OS. It accepts 7z files. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • WinZip

    The world's best file compressor in the world. Start saving your time with the world's #1 compression software. Zip, protect, manage and share all your files...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad ReactOS

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  • Zipware

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

    • Nearly Identical with Extra Features JTB3Dec 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Fast, easy, lightweight and good looking user interface kyokNov 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • 7z SFX-Creator

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

    • 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.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • 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...

    • Discontinued Latest alpha version from August 2012 - http://freearc.org/history/changelog_full.htm

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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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...

    • It uses the same engine and compression of 7zip, so if you care more about that than the GUI, this is the best. Guest • May 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 7-Zip is a graphical program and p7zip is command line only Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD Haiku

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  • 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...

    • 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 )

    Free Windows iPhone iPad

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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...

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

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Comment by lunolas
about 7-Zip · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Fast and simple file archiver with excellent Windows integration

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Comment by marmotte31
about 7-Zip · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Love it! It's the best compression software ever :D

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Comment by web_knows
about 7-Zip · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The 64-bit version is not working very flawlessly with Wintdows 7 64-bit. Other than that,4/5.

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7-zips context menu in Windows 7.

Comment by Ola
about 7-Zip and Windows 7 · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I can't get 7-zips context menu to work in Windows 7. Anyone?

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I think I had this before. I uninstalled it and reinstalled the correct files. My PC is a X64 bit and i had installed the X86 bit version. Now i can right click and go to 7zip to extract, also open 7 zip and click the "7-zip" tab and intefrate it to shell context menu...well have everything checked there!

Comment by Anon
about 7-Zip · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Zipeg is another unpacker but it is built on top of the 7zip backend so I guess its included here.

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Comment by realnabarl
about 7-Zip and KuaiZip, B1 Free Archiver, FreeArc · Jan 2013 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

The most popular formats are zip, rar and 7z.

Zip is free, but its features are quite limited nowadays.

Rar has quite a lot nice features.

7z does not have recovery record feature, but that is not very important, for my experience these years, I'm not helped with WinRAR recovery record feature. Internet transfer corruption? I did not experienced that.

The compression ratio is not that important like earlier days. So Rar cannot be called "bad" in most cases. The most superior of 7z is lossless bitmat compression (like BMP).

Do we need other formats?
There are arc format from Small FreeArc iconFreeArc, b1 format from Small B1 Free Archiver iconB1 Free Archiver, kz from Small KuaiZip iconKuaiZip, PEA from Small PeaZip iconPeaZip, if there are more good format, please comment. Arc is better IMO, and it is still in developing. But all of these do not have big difference, and the newer ones do not supported by most archivers. Self-extract archive with exe? Not a bad idea but is it really necessary for us to do that? It will confuses people IMO. So maybe we still just need 7z.

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I mostly use 7z unless I've to send data to low-tech guys that does not know other format than Zip.
Rar is also an excellent format due to recovery records, something Arc seems to be trying to do in open source flavor - a nice plus, but I've never had to rely on it, nothing is better than doing proper backup!
There is also Zipx from WinZip, that quite catch up lower range of 7z and Rar compression, but in my experience it is too slow for what it offers.

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Comment by LorDestinY
about 7-Zip and HaoZip · Aug 2015 · Helpful Not helpful -6 Helpful Report as spam

The User Interface is so ugly that it gives me goosebumps every time I see it.

Try HaoZip. You wont regret it.

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I don't understand why some people just won't use winrar...

WinRAR is outdated and doesn't support all the formats.
Also it gives that annoying trial warning message.

There is way better alternatives.