What are the best compression software?

asked by Edwin Siebesma
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7 solutions
  1. 9

    #1p7zip

    p7zip
    p7zip is a port of 7za.exe for Unix, Solaris, Linux, and other POSIX-like systems. It helps you archive files with a high compression ratio.
    Software

    Windows, Linux

    Free

    Stephanie Holmes
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "P7zip is an awesome free software download that will maximize your transfer of information through compression. It does exactly what compression software should and is free to use."
  2. 8

    #2BetterZip

    BetterZip
    BetterZip is an archiving application for Mac devices. BetterZip can currently open and extract over 30 archive formats.
    Software

    Mac

    $24.95- Free trial available

    Christina Olson
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "BetterZip is one of the most versatile archiving applications I've ever used, but it's probably more than most users need. It's great to have a single utility that can handle so many different archive formats, but it also has a fairly steep learning curve. I'm sure that advanced users will find all the additional functionality very useful, but for the average Mac user who just needs to create and extract archives, it makes the software a bit challenging to use. If you have the time and ability to learn it, BetterZip is a great solution for all your compression and archiving needs, but if you just need to create and extract archives it's probably best to look for something a little simpler."
  3. 7

    #3Zipware

    Zipware
    Zipware is a free zip software for Windows, with support for all major formats including the new RAR5 format and many Linux archive formats such as tar and gzip.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jeffrey Miller
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "this software is awesome. i love it."
  1. 5

    #4PeaZip

    PeaZip
    PeaZip is an open source file and archive manager for Windows. It supports a wide range of file formats, from traditional ones like 7Z, RAR, TAR and ZIP to experimental ones like PAQ/LPAQ family,
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Saanvi Yadav
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "For years, security experts have been practically begging tech users to backup all their data, not just because of ransomware but for any number of issues that could result in the loss of access or information. There was a time when that kind of additional protection meant investing in expensive hardware or a pricey cloud-based storage provider, but that’s no longer the only way to go."
  2. 3

    #57-Zip

    7-Zip
    7-Zip is a free compression tool for Windows and Windows Phone, supporting a wide range of file formats including .rar, .zip, .tar, .gzip and more. It also offers its own format named .7z. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jessica Harper
    Written on January 30, 2018
    "overall really good compression file software and a must have for those who need it. "
  3. 3

    #6The Unarchiver

    The Unarchiver
    The Unarchiver is an unpacker program for Mac that lets you open compressed archives from different file formats, including the .rar format. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Eugene Washington
    Written on January 29, 2018
    "It looks like a decent zip program for macs"
  4. 0

    #7PowerArchiver

    PowerArchiver
    PowerArchiver is compression tool for Windows supporting many formats, including zip, zipx, rar, 7zip, iso and many others. It also offers Backup, Burner, FTP, and much more.
    Software

    Windows

    $22.95- $39.95

    George Black
    Written on January 23, 2018
    "For someone like me who is constantly sending and receiving files this gets the job done. Nice and fast, simple to use, and has nice features. Don't really need anything more."

Summary

Best What are the best compression software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1p7zipSoftware 9 Free
2BetterZipSoftware 8 Paid
3ZipwareSoftware 7 Free
4PeaZipSoftware 5 Free
57-ZipSoftware 3 Free
6The UnarchiverSoftware 3 Free
7PowerArchiverSoftware 0 Paid
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