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List of file archivers

The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of file archivers. Please see the individual products' articles for further information. They are neither all-inclusive nor are some entries necessarily up to date. Unless otherwise specified in the footnotes section, comparisons are based on the stable versions—without add-ons, extensions or external programs.

Archivers

Note: Archivers in purple are no longer in development.

General information

Basic general information about the archivers: creator/company, license/price etc.

Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license
7-Zip Igor Pavlov January 2, 1999; 15 years ago (1999-01-02)[1] 9.20 (November 18, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-11-18)) [±][1]
9.22 beta (April 18, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-04-18)) [±][2]

9.30 alpha (October 26, 2012; 19 months ago (2012-10-26)) [±][2]

Free LGPL (RAR plugin is proprietary)
ALZip ESTsoft 1999; Template:Years or months ago (1999)
(as a WinZip translation)
8.51.0.0 (September 9, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-09-09)) [±] A free general serial number was published on developer's website altools.com in August 2012 Proprietary
ALZip for Mac ESTsoft 1999; Template:Years or months ago (1999)
(as a WinZip translation)
Template:Latest stable software release/ALZip for Mac A free general serial number was published on developer's website altools.com in August 2012 Proprietary
Archive Utility Apple Inc. October 24, 2003; 10 years ago (2003-10-24) Template:Latest stable software release/Archive Utility Included with Mac OS X Core Services Proprietary
Ark KDE team Unknown 2.14
February 9, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-02-09)
Free GPL
BetterZip BetterZip May 2006; Template:Years or months ago (2006-05) Template:Latest stable software release/BetterZip $19.95 USD Proprietary
Bitser Bitser January 1, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-01-01) 1.0 Beta
September 4, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-09-04)
Free Proprietary
Compressed Folders Microsoft Inc. June 25, 1998; 15 years ago (1998-06-25) Windows Small Business Server 2011
December 14, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-12-14)
Included in Microsoft Windows Windows Explorer shell since Windows 98. Proprietary
Disk ARchiver Denis Corbin 2002; Template:Years or months ago (2002) 2.4.10
March 9, 2013; 15 months ago (2013-03-09)
Free GPL
File Roller Paolo Bacchilega Unknown 3.8.3[3] (July 2, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-07-02)) [±] Free GPL
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Filzip Philipp Engel Unknown 3.06 (July 19, 2006; 7 years ago (2006-07-19)) [±] Free Proprietary
FreeArc Bulat Ziganshin November 1, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-11-01)
v0.36
0.666
(May 20, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-05-20)[4])
0.67 alpha
(December 12, 2012; 17 months ago (2012-12-12)[4])
Free GPL[5]
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| iArchiver Dare to be Creative Ltd. October 21, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-10-21) 1.4.1
October 30, 2008; 5 years ago (2008-10-30)
$26 Proprietary
Info-ZIP (Wzip) Samuel Smith March 1989; Template:Years or months ago (1989-03) 6.0
April 29, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-04-29)
Free BSD-like
IZArc IZSoftware Unknown 4.1.8 (July 4, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-07-04)) [±] Free Proprietary
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| KGB Archiver Tomasz Pawlak April 1, 2006; 8 years ago (2006-04-01) 1.2.1.24 November 1, 2006; 7 years ago (2006-11-01)
2.0 Beta 2 October 7, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-10-07)
Free GPL
PeaZip Giorgio Tani September 16, 2006; 7 years ago (2006-09-16) 5.1.1
October 6, 2013; 8 months ago (2013-10-06)
Free LGPL
PKZIP Phil Katz 1989; Template:Years or months ago (1989) 12.4[6]
(ca. September 2009; Template:Years or months ago (2009-09))
$29.00 Proprietary
PowerArchiver ConexWare March 1999; Template:Years or months ago (1999-03) 12.11
January 26, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-01-26)
$19.95 Proprietary
StuffIt Smith Micro Software 1987; Template:Years or months ago (1987) 15.0.4 (MacOS), 14.0.1 (Windows)
December 1, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-12-01)[7]
Free expander; Mac: $29.99 Standard,[8] $49.99 Deluxe,[9] $79.99 French Deluxe;[10] Windows: $14.99 Standard,[11] $29.99 Deluxe,[12] $49.99 French (or German) Deluxe[13][14] Proprietary
TAR AT&T 1979; Template:Years or months ago (1979) GNU tar: 1.26 (March 13, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-03-13)) [±]; star: 1.5.1; BSD tar: 2.6.0 Free Various
The Unarchiver Circlesoft July 1, 2006; 7 years ago (2006-07-01) 2.5
July 13, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-07-13)
Free LGPL
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| TUGZip Christian Kindahl August 18, 2002; 11 years ago (2002-08-18) 3.5.0.0
April 2, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-04-02)
Free Proprietary
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| WinAce e-merge GmbH Unknown 2.69
November 23, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-11-23)
Free expander (GNU/Linux & Mac only); $29.00 Standard; $39.00 Plus Proprietary
WinRAR Eugene Roshal / Alexander Roshal 1993; Template:Years or months ago (1993) 5.00 (September 3, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-09-03)[15]) [±] Free expander; $29[16] Proprietary
WinZip WinZip Computing, Inc 1991; Template:Years or months ago (1991) 17.5 (Build 10562 ) (August 7, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-08-07)) [±] $29.95 Standard; $49.95 Pro Proprietary
XAD a.k.a. XADMaster.library Dirk Stoecker 1998; Template:Years or months ago (1998) 13.1 Shareware, Free for non commercial use Proprietary
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Xarchiver Giuseppe Torelli Unknown 0.5.2
November 12, 2008; 5 years ago (2008-11-12)
Free GPL
ZipGenius Matteo Riso of M.Dev Software May 2003; Template:Years or months ago (2003-05) 6.3.0.2400
January 22, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-01-22)
Free Proprietary
Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license

Operating system support

The operating systems the archivers can run on without emulation or compatibility layer. Linux Ubuntu's own GUI Archive manager, for example, can open and create many archive formats (including Rar archives) even to the extent of splitting into parts and encryption and ability to be read by the native program. This is presumably a "compatibility layer."

Windows
DOS Mac OS X Linux BSD Other Unix AmigaOS
Android
Windows Mobile Windows Phone
7-Zip Yes[1] Command-line interface[2] Yes[2] Yes[2] Command-line interface[2] Command-line interface[2] Command-line interface[4] No Yes No
ALZip Yes Command-line interface[17] No No No No No No No No
ALZip for Mac No No Yes No No No No No No No
Archive Utility No No Yes No No No No No No No
Ark Unknown No Unknown Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown ?
BetterZip No No Yes No No No No Unknown No ?
Bitser Yes[1] No No No No No No No Unknown ?
bsdtar/libarchive Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Unknown Unknown ?
Disk ARchiver Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Unknown ?
File Roller No No No Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown ?
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Filzip Yes No No No No No No Unknown Unknown ?
FreeArc Yes[4] Unknown Unknown Yes[4] Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown ?
GNU tar Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown ?
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| iArchiver No No Yes No No No No Unknown Unknown ?
Info-ZIP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes[8] ?
IZArc Yes Unknown No No No No No Unknown No ?
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| KGB Archiver Yes[7] Partial Command-line interface Yes No No No Unknown Unknown ?
PeaZip Yes[1] Unknown Under Development[18] Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown ?
PKZIP Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown ?
PowerArchiver Yes Unknown Command-line interface No No No No Unknown Unknown ?
Star Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown ?
StuffIt Yes Unknown Yes X86 only, older version (5.2.0?) No older version (5.2.0?) No Unknown Unknown ?
The Unarchiver Command-line interface No Yes Command-line interface No No No Unknown No ?
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| TUGZip Yes Unknown No No No No No Unknown Unknown ?
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| WinAce Yes Command-line interface[5] Command-line interface expander only[5] X86, Command-line interface expander only[5] No No Command-line interface expander only Unknown Unknown ?
WinRAR Yes[1] Yes Command-line interface[6] X86 and x86-64, Command-line interface[6] Command-line interface[6] Command-line interface[6] Command-line interface expander only Unknown Yes ?
WinZip Yes[1] Command-line interface Yes No No No Yes Yes Unknown ?
XAD No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown ?
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Xarchiver No No No Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown ?
ZipGenius Yes Unknown No No No No No Unknown Unknown ?
Windows DOS Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS Android Windows Mobile Windows Phone

Notes:

  1. ^ A separate 64-bit Windows x64 Edition version is also available.
  2. ^ The Unix-like system port is known as p7zip. p7zip also is provided by FreeDOS.
  3. ^ A Windows Mobile release (version 9.05-alpha onward) is available.
  4. [1]
  5. ^ The programs for other platforms are called Unace, do not have the same GUI, and can only perform decompression.
  6. ^ The programs for other platforms are called RAR.
  7. ^ This program also has a POSIX version available.
  8. ^ General Windows CE version.

Archiver features

Information about what common archiver features are implemented natively (without third-party add-ons).

Data compression
Shell integration
Password protection
Multiple volumes
Self extraction
File repairing
Batch conversion
Unicode file /
directory names[5]
Encryption
Filename Encryption
7-Zip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ALZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[8] No Unknown Unknown
Archive Utility Yes Yes No Unknown No No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown
ARJ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown
Ark Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
BetterZip Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Bitser Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
bsdtar/libarchive No[2] Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown
Disk ARchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
File Roller Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Filzip Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown
FreeArc Yes[4] Yes Yes No Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes
GNU tar No[2] Yes No Yes No Separate Yes Yes Unknown Unknown
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| iArchiver Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Unknown Unknown
Info-ZIP Yes No[11] Yes Yes[12] Yes Yes Yes Yes[12] Weak No
IZArc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| KGB Archiver Yes Not enabled by default Yes Unknown Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown
PeaZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[9] Yes[10] Yes
PKZIP Yes Yes Yes No Separate Separate No Yes Unknown Unknown
PowerArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[7] No Yes Yes
StuffIt Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown
The Unarchiver No[1] some formats Yes No No Yes Yes Yes[1] Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| TUGZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Unknown
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| WinAce Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Unknown
WinRAR Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[3] Yes Yes[6] Yes Yes
WinZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[10] Yes Yes Yes
XAD No[1] Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Xarchiver Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ZipGenius Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Yes No Unknown Unknown
Data compression Shell integration Password protection Multiple volumes Self extraction File repairing Batch conversion Unicode file /
directory names[5]
Encryption Filename Encryption

Notes:

  1. ^ Application is only for decompression.
  2. ^ GNU tar calls the external programs gzip and bzip2 to perform compression; these external programs usually come with systems that contain GNU tar.
  3. ^ Allows adding a variable amount of redundancy for much better error recovery. See also RAR (file format).
  4. ^ Extracting/adding file and/or directory names into archive in either UTF-7, UTF-8 or UTF-16/UCS-2 encoding to support single file/directory name which contains characters from different languages. More recent versions of the zip file format have support for Unicode filenames.
  5. ^ In WinRAR 3.60, when opening 7-Zip archives which contains Unicode file/directory names, they will not be displayed correctly. There will be no problem extracting them, however.
  6. ^ Does support Unicode names, but not under the default (initial) option settings: the user must tick "Use OEM conversion for filenames" under "General" on the "Miscellaneous" tab in the Configuration dialog to enable Unicode name support. Full support for Unicode files names by default is supported only for 7-Zip and RAR archive formats.
  7. ^ Commandline batch compression is available only for ZIP and ALZ formats.
  8. ^ UTF-8 support was completed in release 2.5. On Unix systems the support is full, while on Windows systems, due to limitation of the Windows shell environment, double-character encoded characters cannot currently be displayed in filenames of archived objects, and those chars are replaced by a corrupted character. Optionally, extended characters can be set to be always replaced by a 'corrupted' "?" character to avoid possible issues between archive's and system's character encodings.[19]
  9. ^ Commandline batch compression and expansion requires free add-on software downloaded from the WinZip website.[2]
  10. ^ Peazip supports file encryption and file name encryption, although only in certain types of archives, including its own Pea format, 7-zip, zip and Arc.
  11. ^ Many shells have built-in zip file support. Windows Explorer has "Send To"->"ZIP-compressed folder".
  12. ^ Since version 3.0 (2008).

Archive format support

Reading

Information about what archive formats the archivers can read. External links lead to information about support in future versions of the archiver or extensions that provide such functionality. Note that gzip, bzip2 and xz are rather compression formats than archive formats.

ZIP
TAR
GZ
BZ/BZ2
7z
xz
RAR
LHA/LZH
ACE
SIT
SITX
ARJ
KGB
DAR
ARC
CAB
ALZ
ISO/CD Image
7-Zip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[1] No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes
ALZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archive Utility Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown No No No No No No No No No No No No[7]
Ark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
BetterZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Yes
Bitser Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes
bsdtar/libarchive Yes Yes Yes[10] Yes[10] Yes Yes[10] Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No Yes
cpio No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Disk ARchiver No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No
File Roller Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Filzip Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No
FreeArc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes No[1] No No Yes No No No[12] Yes No Yes
GNU tar[2] No[2] Yes Yes[2] Yes[2] No[3] Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| iArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No
Info-ZIP Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IZArc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| KGB Archiver Yes No No No No Unknown No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
PeaZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
PKZIP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
Star[2] No[2] Yes Yes[2] Yes[2] Yes[2] Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
StuffIt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Unarchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Partial[11] Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| TUGZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| WinAce Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes No No Yes
WinRAR Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes
WinZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes[4] Yes No No No Yes[5] No No Yes[5] Yes No Yes
XAD Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Yes Yes Partial Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Xarchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
ZipGenius Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes[10] Yes No No Yes[10] No No Yes Yes No Yes
ZIP TAR GZ BZ/BZ2 7z xz RAR LHA/LZH ACE SIT SITX ARJ KGB DAR ARC CAB ALZ ISO/CD Image

Notes:

  1. ^ Used to, but no longer does, due to technical and legal issues.
  2. ^ Tar implementations call external programs (like compress, gzip or bzip2 or any other programs working with abstract streams and supporting the "-d" option) to perform (de)compression, and allowing you to implement your own filters[3]. These external programs may be shipped with your Operating System.
  3. [4], allowing you to use other compression programs (p7zip, ...) and filters (GPG, ...).
  4. ^ Starting from version 11.
  5. More info
  6. ^ Archive Utility itself is unable to open ISO files, but Disk Utility, which also comes with Mac OS X, is able to mount them as virtual disks.
  7. [5]
  8. [6]
  9. ^ FreeARC uses .arc as its filename extension, but this format is not the same as the traditional ARC file.
  10. ^ Supports these formats as compression stream of other archive formats like tar.bz2 or iso.xz but does not support the format as an archive itself.

Writing

Information about what archive formats the archivers[5] can write and create. External links lead to information about support in future versions of the archiver or extensions that provide such functionality. Note that gzip, bzip2 and xz are rather compression formats than archive formats.

ZIP
TAR
gzip
bzip2
7z
xz
RAR
LHA/LZH
ACE
StuffIt
StuffIt X
ARJ
KGB
DAR
ARC
CAB
ALZ
ISO/CD Image
7-Zip Yes Yes Yes[14] Yes[14] Yes Yes[14] No No No No No No No No No No No No
ALZip[6] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Unknown
Archive Utility Yes No No No No Unknown No No No No No No No No No No No No
Ark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No[10] Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
BetterZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
Bitser Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
bsdtar/libarchive Yes Yes Yes[15] Yes[15] Yes Yes[15] No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Disk ARchiver No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No
File Roller Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[12] Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Filzip Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown No Yes No No No No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
FreeArc No[20] Unknown Unknown Unknown No[20] Unknown No[20] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown
GNU tar No Yes Yes[1] Yes[1] No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| iArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No No No No No No No No No No No No
Info-ZIP Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IZArc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| KGB Archiver Yes No No No No Unknown No No No No No No Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
PeaZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
PKZIP Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown No No No No No No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
PowerArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No
Star No Yes Yes[1] Yes[1] Yes[1] Yes[1] No No No No No No No No No No No No
StuffIt[4] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown No[9] Yes No Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| TUGZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No[2] Yes No[4] No No No No No No Yes No Unknown
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| WinAce Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown No Yes Yes No No No No Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Yes
WinRAR Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
WinZip Yes No No No No Unknown No Yes No No No No[3] No Unknown Yes No No No
style="background: Template:Rh2/bgcolor; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left; font-weight: bolder; " class="rh heading table-rh"| Xarchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No[11] Yes No Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ZipGenius Yes Yes[7] Yes[7] Yes[7] Yes Unknown No Yes[8] No No No No No No Unknown Yes[7] No No
ZIP TAR GZ BZ/BZ2 7z xz RAR LHA/LZH ACE SIT SITX ARJ KGB DAR ARC CAB ALZ ISO/CD Image

Notes:

  1. ^ Tar implementations call the external programs gzip and bzip2, 7z, xz, ... to perform compression; these external programs usually come with systems that contain tar.
  2. ^ Requires rar.exe from WinRAR.
  3. More info
  4. ^ Requires Ace32.exe from WinAce.
  5. ^ The Extractor and XAD are not included in this list because they only expand archives.
  6. ^ ALZip can also write to the following formats: BH, JAR, and LZH
  7. [7]
  8. [8]
  9. [9]
  10. [10]
  11. [12]
  12. [13]
  13. ^ If there are more than one, files must be grouped in a .tar before being compressed.
  14. ^ supports the formats as stream compression of other archive format and can create compressed format like tar.bz2 or iso.xz but cannot create an archive in these formats

Uncommon archive format support

PeaZip has full support for various LPAQ and PAQ formats, QUAD and BALZ (highly efficient ROLZ based compressors), FreeArc format, and for its native PEA format.

7-Zip includes read support for .msi, cpio and xar, plus Apple's dmg/HFS disk images and the deb/.rpm package distribution formats; beta versions (9.07 onwards) have full support for the LZMA2-compressed .xz format.[1]

See also

References

Further reading

  • Maximum Compression site benchmarking compressors for several filetypes (text, executable, jpeg etc.).
  • Kingsley G. Morse Jr., "Linux Journal, issue 137, September 2005
  • Patrick Schmid, Achim Roos, (March 10, 2010) "Tom's Hardware

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