Best File Compression and Extraction Utilities

Files compression utilities are software applications designed to make your computer files and folders just easier to organize and handle. File compression programs helps to compress large files and folders, which have a tendency to take up a lot of hard disk space. Archives can even be transferred to CDs, DVDs or flash drives for easy back-up of your family vacation photos or important work documents. All file compression software supports compression for common file types and extensions including Word DOC(X), Excel XLS(X); photo JPEG, GIF, TIF, BMP; music MP3, WMA, text TXT; executables EXE, PDF, rich text RTF, PowerPoint PPT and more.

 

Winzip

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Winzip is the world’s most popular Zip utility for file compression, encryption, packaging, and data backup. Now supporting Windows 7 and featuring an Office 2010-style   ribbon interface, WinZip 14.5 works the way you think, making it easier than ever to zip and unzip files for quick, efficient, and secure uploading and downloading, email transmission, and data archival. Compress files with WinZip 14.5 to save space and reduce transmission times. Use it to open Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, BZ2, CAB, IMG, ISO, and most other compressed file types. Bundle related files together and email them instantly. Secure confidential data and automatically back it up.

WinRAR

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Using WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression by consistently making smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs. WinRAR provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.WinRAR offers a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface.

PeaZip

There are a lot of file compression and extraction utilities available, but the above two are more popular and having more features. Now, it is the time for the free applications, that can be used to do the file extraction, compression and other operations without pending a penny from the pocket. Of these one of the best and most recommended utility is ‘PeaZip’, it is a cross-platform file archiver utility that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX, etc. You can use PeaZip to create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ,  ZIP, compressed files and can extract more than 130 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX and more. Some of the features of PeaZip are; extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes,etc.

7 Zip

Zipping7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio it is an open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. Formats 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR are supported fully, other formats can be unpacked.7-Zip is open source software, that is most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license.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 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. Self-extracting capability for 7z format.

ALZip

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For all your file compression needs, ALZip opens virtually every archive format imaginable. From ALZ and ACE to ZIP and ZOO, it even opens CD images too.Lost a ZIP password? Get it back with the ALZip password recovery tool. Create SFX files with cute ALZip icons, manage your ZIP and archive files with the intuitive ALZip explorer interface, and create or extract archives in 2 clicks.

StuffIt

StuffIt, a file compression program and more, reduces the size of the files you send and transfer, so they fly off your machine in a fraction of the time.

BitZipper

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One of BitZipper’s dominant strengths is its built-in support for 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, UU, UUE, WAR, WinRAR, WIM, XAR, XXE, XLS, Z, ZIP and ZOO files – no third-party products are needed.

ZipGenius

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ZipGenius can handle more than 20 compressed archive types, so it is a perfet companion for your work and daily activities; but ZipGenius doesn’t handle compressed archives, only: it is flexible and expandable so it could almost everything you want from it.ZipGenius is a FREEWARE product, it is absolutely free for everybody and it can be installed in any environment and on an unlimited number of workstations.

PowerArchiver

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Create Zip, Zipx, Iso, Pae and 7-zip files, open and extract Rar, Ace and backup your files with PowerArchiver which is an award winning multicore compression utility.PowerArchiver 2010 enables you to create ISO images, either by ripping the CD/DVD/BD with Disc Grabber, or directly with files from your hard disk. With PowerArchiver’s Virtual Drive feature, you can also mount .ISO images into Windows so they appear like a normal drive and you can browse inside.

 

jZip

jZip is a new compression utility for Windows. jZip supports multiple popular archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, 7z, ISO, TAR and GZip.

WinAce

WinAce is an archiving utility with an easy-to-use interface for creating, extracting, and viewing archives. You can create multivolume (disk-spanning) archives for ACE and MS CAB formats and self-extracting archives (SFX) for ACE and ZIP formats.

NXPowerLite Desktop Edition

Compress PowerPoint, Word, Excel and JPEG files by up to 98%, no need to unzip.The application offers five compression options from the quick Normal to the slower but more precise High Quality. Also included are a custom set of compression options and a special mode for mobile devices.

Free RAR Extract Frog

Extract files from your RAR archives.

There are also some other compression utilities available, just check some of them like, ZipWiz,JustZIPit, ExpressZIP.