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7-Zip – best freeware file zip/archive utility

7-Zip File Manager7-Zip is an Open Source product that You may use for private or commercial use for free. 7-Zip is really my favorite archive tool! It does everything that can WinZip or WinRar - most popular commercial zip utilities. And even more - it uses it’s own format “7z”, that sometimes has better compression ratio.

There are main features of 7-Zip:

  • High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
  • 7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
  • Supported formats:
    1. Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
    2. Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 63 languages

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