What are the best compression utilities?

asked by Edwin Siebesma
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7 solutions
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    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. 



    Deborah Hanson
    Written on January 24, 2018
    "When needing to compress information 7- zip software is one of the best. What is even better is the fact that it is free."
  2. 8


    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,



    Helen Delgado
    Written on January 24, 2018
    "I needed a compression utility that could handle a wide variety of compression formats, and PeaZip really fit the bill. It has a well-designed user interface that is very easy to use and makes it quick and simple to create or extract archives in whichever format I need. Best of all, it's open source and totally free! "
  3. 6


    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.



    Arthur Gutierrez
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "I've used winzip in the past, but I got kind of annoyed with always asking me to donate or buy the utility. I've started using Zipware. It's just as good as any other file compression utilities, but less bloated with asking me to always purchase it or donate. It's a pretty good software for file compression."
  1. 5


    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.


    $22.95- $39.95

    Diana Hall
    Written on January 20, 2018
    "Most compatible archiver out there that opens all files your friends and colleagues will send over"
  2. 2

    #5The 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.



    Martha Welch
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "I think this is good for those who could use it, i like the functionality this provides. "
  3. 1



    WinRAR is a file compression tool developed by RARLAB. It allows users to create, open, and unpack compressed archives, supporting various formats such as RAR and ZIP. The tool also has features for organizing files and encryption.


    Windows, Mac


    Account Mail
    Written on August 2, 2018
  4. 1

    #7WinZip: #1 zip & unzip tool

    WinZip: #1 zip & unzip tool

    With this app you will be able to unzip the most common compressed files, including .zip and .rar. In addition to this feature, you will be able to create your own compressed files with your favorite photos, videos and everything you can find of. 




    Eugene Bradley
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "this app is amazing! it is really helpful in creating your own compressed file"


Best What are the best compression utilities
17-ZipSoftware 12 Free
2PeaZipSoftware 8 Free
3ZipwareSoftware 6 Free
4PowerArchiverSoftware 5 Paid
5The UnarchiverSoftware 2 Free
6WinRARSoftware 1 Free
7WinZip: #1 zip & unzip toolApps 1 Free

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