7-Zip (or Seven Zip) is a archiver with a very high compression ratio with support for several other popular formats like RAR, ZIP, CAB and Linux formats like GZIP, BZIP2 and Redhat RPM. 7-Zip can also compress ZIP files up to 10% better than WinZip. With a fully functional user interface, 7-Zip can also be run from the command line with powerful options.
It also contains a file manager, a FAR manager plug-in, support for almost 50 languages and native 7Z support.
Seven Zip is great in that it's a completely free alternative to other archivers like WinRAR and WinZip. Even though it's a powerful program, both its simple side and more advanced side shine through. It's also great for those (like us, here at CC) who move between Linux and Windows.
7-Zip can create 7Z archives and create ZIP files.7-Zip features and highlights:
Seven-Zip is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from file archivers without restrictions. Seven-Zip 9.20 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this file archiver software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Igor Pavlov.
We have tested 7-Zip 9.20 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]