What are the best Linux file compressors?

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    Gzip is one of the oldest compression methods for Linux, originally developed in 1992.  It has a very high  compression / decompression speed rate.


    Johnny Ruiz
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "As part of job as a systems administrator I regularly have to deal with how to efficiently use the disk space we have available. One of the biggest problems I had was dealing with multiple Linux installation files which we had to maintain for legacy systems used in some of our applications. The installation files were massive and could easily eat up half of my usable disk space. To solve this problem I found the best Linux file compressor GZIP. GZIP has allowed me to free up 50% of my previously used disk space. It also has great speeds when doing the original compression. It took me under 3 days to do my initial file compression and we are talking about a lot of large files. If you are looking for a great Linux file compression solution, look no further than GZIP!"
  2. 6

    #2XZ Utils

    XZ Utils
    XZ Utils is the succesor or LZMA UTils.  It is an all-purpose free data compression software for POSIX systems.


    César Amador
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "I find XZ Utils to be a powerful data compression tool. It is usable in Linux as well as a myriad of other platforms. I like that it is freeware and there is no fee for using such a powerful program. "
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    004 solution(s) -> Pablo


    Lucía Arellano
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "I wanted to be able to compress some of my Linux files. I tried Engrampa and it did what it advertised but it was not very user friendly. You have to know what you are doing to use this program. There are better options out there that are more intuitive for compressing files."
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    Btrfs is a file system that is part of the Linux kernel, that allows comppresion of full volumes, zlib or lzo.  



    Juan Delgado
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "I work as a sysadmin for my company and have been toying around with several Linux file compressors looking to see what I want to implement. Thus far, Btrfs has been the most successful from a functional, utilitarian standpoint. Results have been great and very easy to learn and user-friendly. Highly recommended. "
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    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.

    Windows, Linux


    Brian James
    Written on June 13, 2017
    "P7zip is a compressor that I use daily. It is easily able to handle any kind of zip, rar, 7z, etc file that you can throw at it. It works very well on Linux. The 7z file compression is actually outstanding. It shrinks files smaller than a regular zip file."


Best What are the best Linux file compressors
1gzipWebsites 10 Free
2XZ UtilsWebsites 6 Free
3EngrampaWebsites 5 Free
4BtrfsWebsites 4 Free
5p7zipSoftware 1 Free

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