Have you ever found files that have these extensions :. Zip,. Rar,. Tar,. Iso,.7z and others? I’m sure most of you are familiar with this type of file. If you do not know, those files that I mentioned above is the type of archive file that contains file or files inside the archive. The main advantage of archive files is it compresses file(s) thus the size could be smaller than the actual total size. Actually there are variety of tools (both free and paid software) that are able to open, extract and create archive files. But I strongly recommend you to use 7-zip. This freeware is very simple and lightweight, yet very powerful and reliable. Moreover you can download 7-zip latest version 2020 for free, use it forever and it won’t cost you anything. 7-zip download is available for various OS including Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Talking about archive files, actually there are two software that are quite popular, winrar and winzip. But as an alternative you can use 7-zip instead. This is my favorite freeware to compress or packing files (create archive files) and decompress or open or extract archive files. 7-zip is very efficient, lightweight, easy to use, powerful and has many other advantages.
7-zip Main Features
1. Supported formats:
Compressing and decompressing: 7z, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, BZIP2
Decompressing only: NSIS, HFS, XAR, DMG, WIM, COMPOUND, UDF, ISO, CHM, SPLIT, LZH, DEB, RPM, CPIO, Z, ARJ, CAB, RAR, LZMA
2. Provides high compression ratio for 7z format with LZMA compression. Also provides better compression ratio for ZIP and GZIP formats than Winzip and PKzip.
3. Supports 7z self extracting capability
4. Windows Shell integration
5. Provides powerful file manager and command line version
6. Supports plugins for FAR manager
7. Available in 74 languages (localization)
For windows users, once you have installed 7-zip you can run it from shortcut that created in the start menu. Alternatively you can either create or open archive files via right click on file(s) to open contextual menu.
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