Top Best Free File Compression and Decompression Software

WinRAR- The WinRAR application was developed to be a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives. WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression. By consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often faster than the competition. This will save you disc space, transmission costs AND valuable working time as well. WinRAR supports all popular compression formats (RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip). WinRAR provides complete support for RAR and ZIP 2.0 archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, Z, 7Z archives.

WinZip- WinZip is the most trusted way to work with compressed files. No other compression utility is as easy-to-use or offers the comprehensive and productivity-enhancing approach that has made WinZip the gold standard for file-compression tools.

You can quickly and securely zip and unzip files to conserve storage space, speed up e-mail transmission, and reduce download times. State-of-the-art file compression, strong AES encryption, compatibility with more compression formats, and new intuitive photo compression, make WinZip the complete compression and archiving solution.

7-Zip- The main features of 7-Zip: High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression. Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR; Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z. For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip. Self-extracting capability for 7z format. Integration with Windows Shell. Powerful File Manager. Powerful command line version.

WinAce- WinAce is an archiving utility with an easy-to-use interface for creating, extracting, and viewing archives. It includes built-in compression for ACE, ZIP, LHA, and MS CAB formats, and built-in decompression for ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS CAB, RAR, ARJ, ARC, GZIP, TAR, and ZOO formats. You can create multivolume (disk-spanning) archives for ACE and MS CAB formats and self-extracting archives (SFX) for ACE and ZIP formats.

BitZipper- BitZipper is the Swiss Army Knife of archive managers. It will almost certainly open any compressed file you will ever come across. The long list of supported file formats includes 001, 7Z, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZIP2, BZ2, CAB, CHM, CHW, CPIO, DEB, DMG, DOC, ENC, EXE, GZ, GZIP, HFS, HXS, ISO, JAR, LHA, LZH, LZMA, MSI, PPT, RAR, RPM, TAR, TBZ, TGZ, TXZ, UU, UUE, WAR, WinRAR, WIM, XAR, XXE, XLS, XZ, Z, ZIP, ZIPX and ZOO files. p>BitZipper will of course also help you create standard ZIP files, but also the new ZIPX files, which lets you compress data even more, resulting in much smaller archive files than the old standard ZIP files. BitZipper has a powerful built-in file viewer that can display dozens of image types, text files and other formats.

Quick Zip- Quick Zip is a powerful and fast utility that provides support to ZIP and other popular archive formats. Features include built-in support to 21 types (or 36 extensions) of archives and encoding formats; full integration to the shell, including an archive icon, which associates different archives with different icons, context menus, tool tips, drag-and-drop, and cut and paste; and a folder list, which shows the directory structure of files. You can add the current date and time in order to store and pick different versions of files in the same archive.

IZArc- IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, and view/write comments. IZArc has also build-in multilanguage support.

TurboZIP Express- TurboZIP Express is fast and you get the job done in a flash. It integrates beautifully with Windows Explorer, you can ZIP, UnZIP, add files, without even opening up TurboZIP Express. You can also compress large files to units of any maximum size of your choice.
A comprehensive set of internal viewing is supported for word processing, image, and multimedia files, including MP3, a quick peek is just a click away — all without ever extracting a single file!

ALZip- ALZip is a one-stop archiving and compression program designed for speed and ease of use. With support for more compression and archiving formats than any other major utility, ALZip is the only ZIP utility you’ll ever need. The ALZip 8.0 provides its own file format “EGG”, which makes better compression ratio and full Unicode support. Also, users can open 40 archive and compression file formats, open CD image files (ISO, BIN), open virtual CD files (LCD), create 8 archive and compression file formats, create self-extracting files (EXE), split files for easy transfers, file encryption with AES-256, integrate antivirus software, automate tasks with ALZip command-line functions, and get more done faster.

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Associate News Editor, worked in IT (Software) for over 10 years, in the outsourcing industry, product companies and web start-ups. She has operations management experience and has first-hand experience with project management, payroll and various other software programs designed for small and large business operations.
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Janina Energin

Associate News Editor, worked in IT (Software) for over 10 years, in the outsourcing industry, product companies and web start-ups. She has operations management experience and has first-hand experience with project management, payroll and various other software programs designed for small and large business operations.

Email: janina.energin@ceoworld.biz