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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[edit]

Note: Archivers with names highlighted in purple are no longer in development.

General information[edit]

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

File archivers Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license
7-Zip Igor Pavlov January 2, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-01-02) 19.00
February 21, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-02-21)
Free LGPL (RAR plugin is proprietary)
ALZip ESTsoft 1999; 22 years ago (1999)
(as a WinZip translation)
8.51.0.0 (9 September 2011; 9 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; 22 years ago (1999)
(as a WinZip translation)
1.11 (June 13, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-06-13)) [±] A free general serial number was published on developer's website altools.com in August 2012 Proprietary
Archive Manager Paolo Bacchilega May 12, 2001; 20 years ago (2001-05-12) 3.36.2

May 4, 2020; 13 months ago (2020-05-04)[1]

Free GPL
Archive Utility Apple Inc. October 24, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-10-24) 10.10 (October 16, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-10-16)) [±] Included with Mac OS X Core Services Proprietary
Ark KDE team 1997 19.4.3
July 9, 2019; 23 months ago (2019-07-09)
Free GPL
B1 Free Archiver Adam Buyer August 2011; 9 years ago (2011-08) 1.5.86
November 25, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-11-25)
Free Proprietary
BetterZip MacItBetter May 2006; 15 years ago (2006-05) 5.1 (March 18, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-03-18)[2]) [±] $29.95 USD Proprietary
Commander One Eltima Software August 4, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-08-04) 1.1
September 29, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-09-29)
Standard Free; $29.95 Pro Pack Proprietary
Compressed Folders Microsoft Inc. June 25, 1998; 22 years ago (1998-06-25) Windows 8.1
August 27, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-08-27)
Included in Microsoft Windows Windows Explorer shell since Windows Me. Proprietary
CRAX Commander Soft4U2 September 1, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-09-01) 1.10.9
March 2, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-03-02)
$19.99 USD Proprietary
Disk ARchiver Denis Corbin 2002; 19 years ago (2002) 2.5.14
December 20, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-12-20)
Free GPL
Expander Haiku, Inc. 2002; 19 years ago (2002) R1 Alpha 4.1 (November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14)) [±] Free MIT
Filzip Philipp Engel Un­known 3.06 (July 19, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-07-19)) [±] Free Proprietary
FreeArc Bulat Ziganshin November 1, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-11-01)
v0.36
0.666
(May 20, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-05-20))
Free GPL
iArchiver Dare to be Creative Ltd. October 21, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-10-21) 1.4.1
October 30, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-10-30)
$26 Proprietary
Info-ZIP (Wzip) Samuel Smith March 1989; 32 years ago (1989-03) 6.0
April 29, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-04-29)
Free BSD-like
KGB Archiver Tomasz Pawlak April 1, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-04-01) 1.2.1.24 November 1, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-11-01) Free GPL
NanoZip Sami Runsas July 5, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-07-05)[3] 0.09a November 4, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-11-04)[4] Free Proprietary
PeaZip Giorgio Tani April 19, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-04-19) 8.0.0
June 10, 2021; 7 days ago (2021-06-10)
Free LGPL
PKZIP Phil Katz 1989; 32 years ago (1989) 12.4[5]
(ca. September 2009; 11 years ago (2009-09))
$29.00 Proprietary
PowerArchiver ConexWare March 1999; 22 years ago (1999-03) 17.01.04
October 5, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-10-05)
$22.95 Proprietary
StuffIt Smith Micro Software 1987; 34 years ago (1987) 15.0.7
December 1, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-12-01)[6]
Free expander; $49.99 Deluxe,[7] $79.99 French Deluxe;[8] Windows: $14.99 Standard,[9] $29.99 Deluxe,[10] $49.99 French (or German) Deluxe[11][12] Proprietary
TAR AT&T 1979; 42 years ago (1979) GNU tar: ; star: 1.5.3; BSD tar: 2.6.0 Free Various
The Unarchiver Circlesoft July 1, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-07-01) 3.11.3
September 16, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-09-16)
Free Proprietary
Terse IBM July 1, 1984; 36 years ago (1984-07-01) Free Proprietary
TUGZip Christian Kindahl August 18, 2002; 18 years ago (2002-08-18) 3.5.0.0
April 2, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-04-02)
Free Proprietary
WinAce e-merge GmbH Un­known 2.69
November 23, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-11-23)
Free expander (GNU/Linux & Mac only); $29.00 Standard; $39.00 Plus Proprietary
WinRAR Eugene Roshal / Alexander Roshal 1993; 28 years ago (1993)
Windows6.02 / June 14, 2021; 3 days ago (2021-06-14)[13]
Android6.00.build96 / November 13, 2020; 7 months ago (2020-11-13)[14]
Linux (CLI only)6.01 / April 12, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-04-12)[15]
FreeBSD (CLI only)6.01 / April 12, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-04-12)[16]
macOS (CLI only)6.01 / April 12, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-04-12)[17]
Free expander; $29[18] Proprietary
WinZip WinZip Computing, Inc 1991; 30 years ago (1991)
Windows25.0.build14245 / September 25, 2020; 8 months ago (2020-09-25)[19]
macOS8.0.build5151 / November 19, 2020; 6 months ago (2020-11-19)[20]
iOS7.1 / May 13, 2021; 35 days ago (2021-05-13)[21]
Android6.1.1 / February 19, 2021; 3 months ago (2021-02-19)[22]


$29.95 Standard; $49.95 Pro Proprietary
XAD a.k.a. XADMaster.library Dirk Stoecker 1998; 23 years ago (1998) 13.1 Shareware, Free for non commercial use Proprietary
Xarchiver Giuseppe Torelli Un­known 0.5.4
September 14, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-09-14)
Free GPL
ZipGenius Matteo Riso of M.Dev Software May 2003; 18 years ago (2003-05) 6.3.2.3112
August 8, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-08-08)
Free Proprietary
ZPAQ Matt Mahoney March 2009; 12 years ago (2009-03) 7.15
August 17, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-08-17)
Free Mixed public domain and MIT[23]
iZip - March 2009; 12 years ago (2009-03) 7.15
August 17, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-08-17)
Free Mixed public domain and MIT[24]

Operating system support[edit]

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."

File archivers 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] Command-line interface[2] Command-line interface[2] Command-line interface[2] Command-line interface No Yes No
ALZip Yes Command-line interface[25] No No No No No No No No
ALZip for Mac No No Yes No No No No No No No
Archive Manager No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Archive Utility No No Yes No No No No No No No
Ark No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
B1 Free Archiver Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
BetterZip No No Yes No No No No No No No
bsdtar/libarchive Yes, bundled[9] No Yes, bundled Yes Yes, bundled Yes Partial Un­known Un­known No
Commander One No No Yes No No No No No No No
CRAX Commander No No Yes No No No No No No No
Disk ARchiver Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Filzip Yes No No No No No No No No No
FreeArc Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
GNU tar Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
iArchiver No No Yes No No No No Un­known Un­known ?
Info-ZIP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[9] Yes No Yes[8] No
KGB Archiver Yes[7] Partial Command-line interface Yes No No No Yes Un­known ?
NanoZip Yes No Command-line interface No
PeaZip Yes[1] Un­known Under Development[26] 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 ?
TUGZip Yes Un­known No No No No No Un­known Un­known ?
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 and RAR 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 Yes[27] Yes ?
WinZip Yes[1] Command-line interface Yes No No No Yes Yes Un­known ?
XAD No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known ?
Xarchiver No No No Yes Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known ?
ZipGenius Yes Un­known No No No No No Un­known Un­known ?
ZPAQ Yes Un­known Yes Yes 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. ^ The programs for other platforms are called Unace, do not have the same GUI, and can only perform decompression.
  5. ^ WinRAR is for Windows, RAR for other platforms.
  6. ^ This program also has a POSIX version available.
  7. ^ General Windows CE version.
  8. ^ Also Acorn RISC OS, Atari, MVS, OS/2, VM/CMS, VMS and others.
  9. ^ Bundled with Windows 10 since insider build 17063

Archiver features[edit]

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

File archivers 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 Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
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 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
B1 Free Archiver Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BetterZip Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
bsdtar/libarchive non-tar formats[2] Yes zip Yes No No Yes Yes 7z, zip, rar 7z, zip, rar
Commander One Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Un­known Yes for 7z
CRAX Commander Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No
Disk ARchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Filzip Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes No No Un­known Un­known Un­known
FreeArc Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GNU tar No[2] Yes No Yes No Separate Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
iArchiver Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Un­known Un­known
Info-ZIP Yes No[11] Yes Yes[12] Yes Yes Yes Yes[12] ZipCrypto (weak) and AES[12] No
KGB Archiver Yes Not enabled by default Yes Un­known Yes No No Yes Yes Un­known
NanoZip Yes No Yes No Yes No
PeaZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[9] Yes[10] Yes
PKZIP Yes Yes Yes No Separate Separate No Yes Yes Un­known
PowerArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[7] Yes Yes Yes
StuffIt Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known
The Unarchiver No[1] some formats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[1] Yes Un­known
TUGZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Un­known
WinAce Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Un­known
WinRAR and RAR 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
Xarchiver Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
ZipGenius Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Un­known Yes No Un­known Un­known
ZPAQ Yes Un­known Yes Yes No Un­known Un­known Yes Yes 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. ^ Traditionally, tar, cpio, or pax calls the external programs gzip and bzip2 to perform compression; these external programs usually come with systems that contain the archiver. This is the case for GNU tar. BSD tar uses its own implementation, since it also has to deal with archive formats that do their own compression.
  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 file/path-names support was completed in release 3.0.1 on Unix systems, and in release 5.8.0 on Windows systems. GUI UTF-8 support for full internationalization of the application was completed in release 2.2.0. Optionally, extended characters can be set to be replaced by jolly "?" character for exporting scripts to legacy systems; scripts creation screen informs if commands are ANSI-safe, OEM-codepage-safe (on Windows), or requires UTF-8 compliant environment to run (system, command interpreter, etc).[28]
  9. ^ Commandline batch compression and expansion requires free add-on software downloaded from the WinZip website.[1]
  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. ^ Unicode and volumes since version 3.0 (2008). AES since 3.1 (in beta).

Archive format support[edit]

Reading[edit]

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 compression formats rather than archive formats.

File archivers ZIP
TAR
GZ
BZ/BZ2
7z
XZ
RAR
LHA/LZH
ACE
SIT
SITX
ARJ
KGB
DAR
ARC
CAB
ALZ
ISO/CD Image
ZPAQ
7-Zip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[1] No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
ALZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TAR No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Archive Utility Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No[7] No
Ark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
B1 Free Archiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No[11] No No No Yes Yes Yes No
BetterZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
bsdtar/libarchive Yes Yes Yes[10] Yes[10] Yes Yes[10] Partial[12] Yes No No No No No No No Yes No Yes No
cpio No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Commander One Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
CRAX Commander Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No Yes No
Disk ARchiver No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Filzip Yes Yes Yes No No Un­known Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No
FreeArc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes No[1] No No Yes No No No[12] Yes No Yes No
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 No
iArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No No
Info-ZIP Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
KGB Archiver Yes No No No No Un­known No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No
PeaZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
PKZIP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
PowerArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes 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 No
StuffIt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
The Unarchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Partial[11] Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TUGZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No
WinAce Yes Yes Yes No No Un­known Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes No No Yes No
WinRAR Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
WinZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes[4] Yes No No No Yes[5] No No Yes[5] Yes No Yes No
XAD Yes Yes Yes Yes No Un­known Yes Yes Partial Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Xarchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
ZipGenius Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes[10] Yes No No Yes[10] No No Yes Yes No Yes No
ZIP TAR GZ BZ/BZ2 7z XZ RAR LHA/LZH ACE SIT SITX ARJ KGB DAR ARC CAB ALZ ISO/CD Image ZPAQ

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[2]. These external programs may be shipped with your Operating System.
  3. ^ GNU tar lets you implement your own filters [3], allowing you to use other compression programs (p7zip, ...) and filters (GPG, ...).
  4. ^ Starting from version 11.
  5. ^ Requires external program. 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. ^ Requires external program.[4]
  8. ^ Only partial support for reading proprietary SITX format. [5]
  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, as they are not archive formats. See the above explanation for tar.
  11. ^ B1 Free Archiver for Android and B1 Online Archiver support ARJ format.
  12. ^ libarchive has issues reading RAR formats, some partial reads are unsupported hence broken for generic usage. [6]

Writing[edit]

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 compression formats rather than archive formats.

File archivers ZIP
TAR
GZ
BZ2
7z
XZ
RAR
LHA/LZH
ACE
SIT
SITX
ARJ
KGB
DAR
ARC
CAB
ALZ
ISO/CD Image
ZPAQ
Special
7-Zip Yes Yes Yes[14] Yes[14] Yes Yes[14] No 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 No
Archive Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[12] Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No No
Archive Utility Yes No No No No Un­known No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Ark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[10] Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
B1 Free Archiver Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
BetterZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes 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 No
Commander One Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
CRAX Commander Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No
Disk ARchiver No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Filzip Yes Yes Yes No No Un­known No Yes No No No No No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No
FreeArc Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No
GNU tar No Yes Yes[1] Yes[1] No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
iArchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known No 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 No
KGB Archiver Yes No No No No Un­known No No No No No No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No
PeaZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No No No Yes
PKZIP Yes Yes Yes Yes No Un­known No No No No No No No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No
PowerArchiver 2018 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[17] Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No Yes .bh (BlakHole) by ZipTV
Star No Yes Yes[1] Yes[1] Yes[1] Yes[1] No No No No No No No No No No No No No
StuffIt Yes Yes Yes Yes No Un­known No[9] Yes No[4] Yes Yes No No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No
TUGZip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known No[2] Yes No[4] No No No No No No Yes No Un­known No
WinAce Yes Yes Yes Yes No Un­known No Yes Yes No No No No Un­known Un­known Yes Un­known Yes No
WinRAR Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
WinZip Yes No No No No No No No No No No No[3] No No No No No No No ZIPx
Xarchiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known No[11] Yes No Un­known Un­known Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No
ZipGenius Yes Yes[7] Yes[7] Yes[7] Yes Un­known No Yes[8] No No No No No No Un­known Yes[7] No No No
ZIP TAR GZ BZ2 7z XZ RAR LHA/LZH ACE SIT SITX ARJ KGB DAR ARC CAB ALZ ISO/CD Image ZPAQ Special

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. ^ Requires external program(if you are using WinZip 11.1 or earlier). 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. ^ Updating archives is not supported.[7]
  8. ^ Requires external program.[8]
  9. ^ Stuffit supported file formats [9]
  10. ^ Ark is a front-end only and requires appropriate command-line programs be installed. Programs like bzip2, gzip, tar, zip usually come with systems that contain Ark; writing in .rar format requires a commercial program. [10]
  11. ^ Xarchiver is a front-end only and requires appropriate command-line programs be installed. Programs like bzip2, gzip, tar, zip usually come with systems that contain Xarchiver; writing in .rar format requires a commercial program. [11][12]
  12. ^ Archive Manager is a front-end only and requires appropriate command-line programs be installed. Programs like bzip2, gzip, tar, zip usually come with systems that contain Archive Manager. writing in .rar format requires a commercial program.[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
  15. ^ it is possible to open war and jar files to extract e add/replace file; files war and jar are still valid after that
  16. ^ it require console rar.exe, and the path to it -- specified in Options . it can be taken from WinRAR software . PowerArchiever also doesn't support separate definition of the Dictionary Size and Compression Method .

Uncommon archive format support[edit]

PeaZip has full support for Brotli, Zstandard, various LPAQ and PAQ formats, QUAD / BALZ / BCM (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.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ https://macitbetter.com/version-history/
  3. ^ https://encode.su/threads/111-NanoZip-a-new-archiver-using-bwt-lz-cm-etc
  4. ^ https://encode.su/threads/111-NanoZip-a-new-archiver-using-bwt-lz-cm-etc?p=26974&viewfull=1#post26974
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  6. ^ "StuffIt Updates". Smith Micro Software. Archived from the original on 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
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