Best Free Tools to Create & Extract Compressed Files

Best Free Tools to Create & Extract Compressed Files

In this article I'll tell you about various free tools and software to create and extract compressed files. Compressing files and folders is an easy way to transfer large number of files between different devices, computers and servers in bulk or send them as email attachments.

7-Zip

Pros:

  • Requires very less system resources
  • High-compression 7z format
  • Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
  • Works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2016 / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT.

Cons:

  • No archive repair tool

PeaZip

Pros:

  • No advertisement, free for personal and professional use
  • Archive repair tool
  • Open and extract 180+ archive formats: 001, 7Z, ACE(*), ARC, ARJ, BR, BZ2, CAB, DMG, GZ, ISO, LHA, PAQ, PEA, RAR, TAR, UDF, WIM, XZ, ZIP, ZIPX, ZST and many more.
  • Portable packages, for Linux and Windows, does not need installation

Cons:

  • No support for batch compression

Ashampoo Zip Free

Pros:

  • Supports Windows 7, 8 and 10, as well as Windows Server editions
  • Powerful integration with Windows Explorer Shell, both 32bit and 64bit
  • Supports creating and extracting ZIP, 7-ZIP, CAB, TAR (TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, TAR.XZ) and LHA formats
  • Supports extracting from over 30 different formats, including RAR, ZIPX, ARJ, ARC, ACE, MSI, NSIS, CHM, DMG, RPM, CPIO, VHD, XAR, LZMA, LZH, SquashFS, CramFS, Z, ZOO, WIM plus ISO (ISO9660 and UDF)
  • Repair ZIP Tool - Repair broken ZIP files

Cons:

  • Fewer advanced options than other software like 7-Zip
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