Open-Source Alternatives To WinZip & WinRAR [Free Download]

15 June 2011 By Varun

WinZip and WinRAR are two of the best file archiver available in the market. But both these software are not free. And sometimes you might want to save some bucks which could be spend on a bigger software. So, do you have an option of a good, free and open source file archiver? Let’s find out in this article.


When you are looking for an alternative to WinZip and WinRAR, the first name that comes into mind is 7-zip. This is a somewhat popular open-source file archiver available for Windows operating system.

7-zip supports a huge number of file formats which goes like this, 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, WIM, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, Z. One of the better features present in 7-zip is its ability to split and compress a large file into into custom size. This is certainly helpful while emailing a large file. And if it contains sensitive data then password protect it with AES-256 encryption.

Download 7-zip for Windows from here


PeaZip is another alternative to WinZip and WinRAR. Unlike 7-zip, PeaZip works on multiple platform including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It also has a more user friendly user interface than 7-zip.

Full feature list of PeaZip:

1. full support: 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, and ZIP file formats

2. 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 and more

3. Create, convert and extract multiple archives simultaneously

4. Password protect zip file with AES-256 encryption

5. Split and Join files.

Download PeaZip for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from here

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itsme says:

Wery nice archiver!

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