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Top File Compression Tools

Posted by becks | 12:36 PM |

Here are the 7 best file compression tools available today that will add power and simplicity to your life.

1. 7 Zip is a free utility for Windows and Linux that has its own, powerful 7z compression format, but compresses and uncompresses 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR files. This convenient compression tool will also uncompress files in the ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z formats.

2. Universal Extractor is a popular Windows compression tool because it integrates nicely with Windows Explorer. This free utility will open compressed files for viewing and extraction as well as other file types such as executables and database files. Universal Extractor detects the type of file you want to open; you can open files even if they have no extension, so extracting files is always fast and easy. Universal Extractor extracts files: it does not have the ability to create compressed files.

3. PeaZip is an open source compression tool that will extract and create compressed files such as 7Z, 7-Zip sfx, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LHA/LZH, NSIS, OOo, PAQ/LPAQ, PEA, QUAD, RAR, RPM, split, TAR, Z, ZIP. You can download versions of PeaZip that run on either Windows or Linux for free.

4. KGB Archiver has one of the highest compression ratios available when it uses its own PAQ7 algorithm. In fact, with KGB, you can shrink files to less than one-fifth of their size This program works with KGB and Zip files, so you’ll use it more to compress than to decompress. KGB Archiver also integrates with Universal Extractor and incorporates the option to use AES-256 encryption for files you create. Version two of KGB Archiver is now in beta and is available for Windows only. The current release of KGB (1.x) runs with Windows, Linux, or Macintosh. This is a free utility.

5. TUGZip is a robust compression tool that supports scripting and other powerful options. File archives in P, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TAZ, YZ1 and ZOO formats are all opened in TUBGZip and disk images in BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG formats can also be opened. TUGZip will create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP files. This program integrates well with Windows shell and enables powerful browsing and drag and drop functionality as well as several encryption formats. TUGZip is free and runs only in Windows.

6. WinRAR is a shareware file compression tool for which you must pay if you use it beyond the trial period. WinRAR supports encryption, and handles all the most common file formats. You can download WinRAR for use with Windows, Macintosh, Pocket PC, Linux, Linux 64, FreeBSD, and MS-DOS. You can purchase WinRAR for $29 for a single user license, with options with a declining pricing scale for additional users.

7. The Unarchiver is designed to be a replacement for the default Mac OS X file archive handler. This is free software that runs on Macintosh. It handles files in Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt, and other formats and easily installs in the Mac OS X environment.

These 7 best file compression tools all have outstanding capabilities and will help you deal with compressed files whenever you need to create them or open them. Try them all. Find the one you like best or install one or more on your system to make sure you are always ready.