The fifth installment of Living Under a Rock is 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a FREE & OPEN SOURCE file archiver with a very high compression ratio. It supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, ISO, MSI, WIM, NSIS, RPM and DEB formats. If you aren’t sure exactly what a file archiver or a compression ratio is, don’t worry. All you need to know is that 7-zip is essentially a free and open source answer to WinZip or WinRAR.
In addition to a compression ration that is 2-10% better than both PKZip and WinZip, 7-Zip offers many other features:
- Highest compression ratio in 7z format using LZMA compression
- Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
- ZIP and GZIP formats compression ratio is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
- Self-extracting files for 7z format
- Integration with windows menus
- Powerful file manager
- Powerful command-line version
- Plugin for FAR Manager
- 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.
- Localized to 74 languages
- Easy Windows GUI interface
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