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Fernando Ortega
Popular free archiver with support for many compression archive formats including RAR, ZIP and 7-Zip
A review of 7-Zip by Fernando Ortega
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Free Freeware
Igor Pavlov | (1 more)
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, NT
Feb 28, 2019
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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.

Features and highlights
  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • Compress and Decompress: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
  • Decompress 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
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
Compability and license

Seven-Zip is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from file archivers without restrictions. Seven-Zip 19.00 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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  4. Open source and GPL software

Compatibility with this file archiver software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of 7-Zip may be available from Igor Pavlov. This download was signed by Igor Pavlov and distributed as 7z1900.exe and 7z1900-x64.exe.

7-Zip has been picked by our editors as excellent.
7-Zip has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested 7-Zip 19.00 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.

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