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Top 4 Free alternatives to Winzip and WinRar – Compression Tools

This Post is  about  the top Four Freeware alternatives to the most famous Compression tools winzip and Winrar.The tools we are going to discuss  are 7-Zip,JZip,PeaZip and AlZip . Lets see the complete Feature List and there reviews.

7ZiP

7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.This is One of the most popular freeware application that works with compressed files.

Top 4 Free alternatives to Winzip and WinRar

The main features of 7-Zip

1. High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA compression
2. Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
Unpacking only:ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS,
NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.
3. For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio
Provided by WinZip
4. Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
5. Self-extracting capability for 7z format
6. Integration with Windows Shell
7. Powerful File Manager
8. Powerful command line version
9. Plugin for FAR Manager
10.Localizations for 79 languages

7-Zip is a good program. The fact that it’s open source will appeal further to some of us. Overall, it’s a nice program and you should try this out. Download it Here

JZip

JZip is another best alternative to the Winzip.The Main Feautres include :

  1. Create, open and extract Zip, TAR, GZip and 7-Zip. Open and extract from RAR and ISO.
  2. jZip is absolutely FREE for everybody, home and enterprise users
  3. jZip is an easy to use and fast archiving software
  4. jZip is based on proven 7-Zip technology

jZip is the newest program in this category and is designed to help you to easily create archives and extract the files from compressed files. The application is 100% freeware so you can use it at home or in an enterprise environment with absolutely no strings attached.

Installing the application is a cinch and should not pose any problems. After all the files have been copied to their locations you can proceed to configuring the application by enabling explorer shell extensions, and jZip file association. The desktop shortcut will not be available unless you say so and at any time it can be removed from the jZip’s Configuration panel. Download Here

PeaZip

The Third in the list is PeaZip.PeaZip is a free Open Source file and archive manager: cross platform,available as portable and installable software for 32 and 64 bit Windows (9x, 2k, XP, Vista, Seven) and Linux (PeaZip is a desktop neutral application), supports 150+ archive types. Lets See the Futures
Full support : 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP
Extraction only ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, COMPOUND (MSI, DOC, XLS, PPT), CPIO, ISO, Java (JAR, EAR, WAR), Linux (DEB, PET/PUP, RPM, SLP), LHA/LZH, LZMA, Mac (DMG/HFS), NSIS, Open Office files, PAK/PK3/PK4, RAR, SMZIP, U3P, UDF, WIM, XAR, XPI, Z/TZ, ZIPX and many more…

PeaZip sports a more familiar Windows Explorer like interface and has shortcuts to all your frequently used folders like Documents, Downloads, Desktop, etc. It can compress files in all the popular archive formats including GZip and BZip2 (bz2). You may choose to TAR your files before compression (like .tar.gz) further reducing the archive size.

With PeaZip, you can compress /decompress files with a click but there are advanced options under the hood incase you want more control over the archives. For instance, you can password-protect your zip file using AES-256 encryption which is considered pretty strong. This feature is available in 7zip as well. Download Here

AlZip

This the one of best alternative for Winzip and Winrar.If you’re looking for tool that can handle many compression methods, from RAR and ZIP to TAR and TGZ and nearly 30 other formats, ALZip just might be the tool for you. In fact, archive format support is ALZip’s forte. It’ll even open ISO and other CD images. All the usual archive application options are here, as well: context menu additions, password protections, virus scanner integration, and assistance in creating self-extracting archives.
The interface looks modern and is well-designed, with archive contents displayed as icons, in a list or in a detailed spreadsheet-style grid. There are 14 criteria by which you can sort files, the program supports 21 languages, there’s a test function to make sure the archive works, and you can save in eight formats. Download Here

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