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    WinRAR Alternatives

    WinRAR is described as 'With over 500 million users worldwide, WinRAR is the world’s most popular compression tool!' and is a leading File Archiver in the File Management category. There are more than 50 alternatives to WinRAR for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. Most alternatives are File Archivers and File Compressors. The best alternative is 7-Zip, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WinRAR are PeaZip (Free, Open Source), Bandizip (Freemium), WinZip (Paid) and The Unarchiver (Free).

    This page was last updated May 3, 2022
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    With over 500 million users worldwide, WinRAR is the world’s most popular compression tool!
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    1. 7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.
      7-Zip vs WinRAR opinions
      Almost everyone thinks 7-Zip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
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      williambrown It is free, works very good and open more kind of files
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      7-Zip is much faster than winrar and has better compression. God bless 7-zip!!!
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      whatinthetech It is free and Open Source!
      Positive comment 14 days ago

      I prefer 7zip because it has much more feature than winrar but stays really simple to use
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      zokris 7-Zip "Ultra" mode has better compression than WinRAR's "Best" mode. Also, it's Free and Open Source whereas WinRAR is proprietary.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Faster, lightweight, better compression, no ads and FREE!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Does the same things but does better
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    2. PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects, for Linux, macOS and Windows.
      PeaZip vs WinRAR opinions
      Almost everyone thinks PeaZip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      don1 It is fast, has many file extensions and always updated.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      rickysantoso I think the extract time faster than winrar, also support many file extensions. One of the lightest file manager & archiver that I use.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      Its basically a de-uglified 7-zip, support various compression formats and has its own compression format PEA (pack encrypt and autenticate) the only cons it has are 1. it takes longer than other apps to open (its not the compression time thats slow its the app opening) sometimes gives you an error when extracting files and 3. you have to delete ALL of its related files in regedit otherwise it will still be classified as an option to open archived files even after deleting
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      classic57 I've been using PeaZip for about 8 years and during that time I've found it to be rock-solid. I've tried 7Zip and a few others during that time but keep coming back to PeaZip. On installation, PeaZip is vastly customizable and covers all the major archive formats that most people are going to use...
      Positive comment over 3 years ago


    3. Bandizip is a powerful archiver which provides an ultrafast processing speed and convenient features. Available free of charge, and its paid editions support a variety of advanced features.
      Bandizip vs WinRAR opinions
      Most users think Bandizip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      yarko Fast, modern, with cool features and FREE! Highly reccomended!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      Really fasttttttt to compress
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      ichimitch Supports compressing and decompressing a wide variety of formats and itegrates with the Windows context menu
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      Tottaly free, support basically every type of compressed file, is customizable, multi language, always updating, and have other cool things to help you
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      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 quickly and easily.
      WinZip vs WinRAR opinions
      Most users think WinZip is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      similar and friendly interface.. cool!
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      The most similar interface to WinRar.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    4. 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), 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2.
      The Unarchiver vs WinRAR opinions
      Some users think The Unarchiver is a great alternative to WinRAR, some don't.
      Simple. In Winrar, you can see in the program, and copy files inside. You can only take out files with this.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

      Unarchiver does not show you the files without extracting them.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago


    5. Zip Utility - NEWS since - "Version 4.2 = NO MORE ADWARE. IZARC INSTALLER IS COMPLETELY ADWARE FREE" No bundleware that is showing in description.


      Most users think IZArc is a great alternative to WinRAR.
    6. 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.
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    7. 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.
      File Roller vs WinRAR opinions
      This alternative is disputed. File Roller is still a legitimate alternative to WinRAR, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Can't even extract multi-part archives. Can't show CRC or anything at all. Suprised this poor app has that high votes.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      Capable of almost nothing, and certainly does not offer the feature range of winrar.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    8. 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 repetitions from text.


      Latest alpha version from August 2012 -

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      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.
      B1 Free Archiver vs WinRAR opinions
      Most users think B1 Free Archiver is a great alternative to WinRAR.
      it does not uncompress files more than 500MB
      Negative comment almost 7 years ago

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