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The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked  

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A list of the best zip software. Information includes the operating system, features and what formats each file extractor reads and writes.

This list includes classic file archivers like WinRAR, the best free zip programs like PeaZip or 7-Zip and even many file extractors based on tar, like GNU tar for Linux systems. The features on even some of the free zip software for Mac and Windows includes support for uncommon archive formats and features like encryption.

Which of these zip programs and file compression software is the best?

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7-Zip is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
7-Zip GNU Lesser General Public License

Free

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB, ZAR, XZ
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

2
PeaZip is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
PeaZip LGPL

Free

Operating system: Windows, Linux, BSD
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC, CAB, PAQ, ROLZ-based
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z, ARC

3
WinRAR is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
WinRAR Proprietary software, Shareware, Commercial License

Operating system: Windows, DOS, Android
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB
Some writeable formats: ZIP, RAR

4
BetterZip is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
BetterZip Proprietary software

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z, RAR

5
Hamster Free Zip Archiver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Hamster Free Zip Archiver

Free

Operating system: Windows
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, 7z, RAR
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, 7z, RAR

6
ALZip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
ALZip Proprietary software

Operating system: Windows
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC, CAB, ALZ
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, CAB, ALZ

7
iZip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
iZip

Free

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, 7z, RAR
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

8
GNU tar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
GNU tar Free

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Android
Features: multiple volumes, batch conversion
Some readable formats: TAR, GZ
Some writeable formats: TAR, gzip

9
ZipGenius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
ZipGenius Proprietary software

Free

Operating system: Windows
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC, CAB
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z, CAB

10
WinAce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
WinAce Proprietary software

Free

Operating system: Windows
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, RAR, ARC
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, CAB

11
Archive Manager is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Archive Manager GPL

Free

Operating system: Linux, BSD
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB, ALZ
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

12
Commander One is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Commander One Proprietary software

Free and paid versions available

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: data compression, password protection, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, 7z

13
The Unarchiver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
The Unarchiver LGPL

Free

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC, CAB, ALZ

Unarchiving only

14
Keka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Keka

Free

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB, ARC
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

15
Filzip is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Filzip Proprietary software

Free

Operating system: Windows
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, RAR, ARC, CAB
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip

16
Archive Utility is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Archive Utility Proprietary software

Bundled with Mac OS X

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: data compression, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ
Some writeable formats: ZIP

17
KGB Archiver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
KGB Archiver GPL

Free

Operating system: Windows, Linux, Android
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP
Some writeable formats: ZIP

18
WinZip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
WinZip Proprietary software, Shareware

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Android
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC, CAB
Some writeable formats: ZIP, ARC

19
Ashampoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Ashampoo

Free

Operating system: Windows
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB, ARC
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z, CAB

20
Ark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Ark GPL

Free

Operating system: Linux, BSD
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC, CAB, ALZ
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

21
B1 Free Archiver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
B1 Free Archiver Proprietary software

Free

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Android
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB, ALZ
Some writeable formats: ZIP

22
libarchive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
libarchive Proprietary software

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD
Features: multiple volumes, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

23
CRAX Commander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
CRAX Commander Proprietary software

Operating system: Mac OS X
Features: data compression, batch conversion
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, ARC
Some writeable formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, 7z

24
Disk ARchiver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
Disk ARchiver GPL

Free

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD
Features: data compression, password protection, multiple volumes, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: DAR
Some writeable formats: DAR

25
FreeArc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zip Programs & File Compression Software, Ranked
FreeArc GPL

Free

Operating system: Windows, Linux, BSD
Features: data compression, password protection, self extraction, batch conversion, encryption
Some readable formats: ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7z, RAR, CAB
Some writeable formats: ARC