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Open Source WinRAR Alternatives

The best open source alternative to WinRAR is 7-Zip. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WinRAR and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to WinRAR are PeaZip, p7zip, File Roller and FreeArc.

WinRAR alternatives are mainly File Archivers but may also be File Compressors or File Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WinRAR.
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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    KuboFHromoslav

    7-Zip is highly efficient, open source archiver.

    Top positive comment  about 5 years ago
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    williambrown

    It is free, works very good and open more kind of files

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    whatinthetech

    It is free and Open Source!

    Positive comment 2 months ago
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    I prefer 7zip because it has much more feature than winrar but stays really simple to use

    Positive comment 9 months ago
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    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
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    Faster, lightweight, better compression, no ads and FREE!

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    2

    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 over 5 years ago
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    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) 2.it 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 almost 3 years ago
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    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
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    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
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  3. p7zip

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    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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  4. File Roller

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GNOME

    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
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    Capable of almost nothing, and certainly does not offer the feature range of winrar.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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  5. FreeArc

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    Discontinued

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



  6. Ark

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • KDE

    Ark is a program for viewing, extracting, creating and modifying archives. Ark can handle various archive formats such as tar, gzip, bzip2, zip, rar, 7zip, xz, rpm, cab and deb (support for certain archive formats depend on the appropriate command-line programs being installed).

  7. NanaZip

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    NanaZip is an open source file archiver intended for the modern Windows experience, forked from the source code of well-known open source file archiver 7-Zip 21.03.

  8. Xarchiver

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Xfce

    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 API calls.

  9. 7-Zip ZS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    7-Zip with support for Zstandard, Brotli, Lz4, Lz5 and Lizard Compression. Open source under LGPL-2.1 license.

  10. Engrampa

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    A file archiver for MATE, based on File Roller from GNOME 2

    http://www.mate-desktop.org/.

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