What is zpaq?
zpaq is a free and open source incremental, journaling command-line archiver for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/X. Documentation can be found at: http://mattmahoney.net/dc/zpaqdoc.html
The source code includes the libzpaq API providing compression and decompression services for applications in C++. Developers may be interested in the zpaqd development tool and sample configuration files found on the utilities page - http://mattmahoney.net/dc/zpaqutil.html.
zpaq is written by Matt Mahoney and released to the public domain. It includes code from libdivsufsort 2.0 (C) Yuta Mori, 2003-2008, MIT license, public domain code for AES from libtomcrypt by Tom St Denis and public domain code for salsa20 by D. J. Bernstein.
When compression ratio is important. ZPAQ is based on the top ranked PAQ context mixing algorithm.
zpaq.exe is a ZPAQ compatible multithreaded compressor and decompresser with 4 compression levels. The latest version can be found at http://mattmahoney.net/dc/zpaq.html
For quick help, run zpaq with no arguments. For detailed usage, see zpaq.cpp.
Last update was in 2016, but it can still be downloaded from their website.
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Said about zpaq as an alternative
Not really discontinued, just not updated in 5 years.
Since there have been no security issues, there is really nothing to update a simple utility like this.
Works good for it's purpose as one of the best compression standards out there, although lack of widespread adoption of the protocol does limit it's usefulness to internal use.
I recommend 7z or zip for files for others due to exceeding the adoption and familiarity threshold that people know how to open the archive.