5 Best Free File Compression Software

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Zip files are what we regularly have to deal with. A zip file contains one or more files that have been compressed, to reduce file size. Reduced file size helps to share it easily over Internet.

Today almost all operating system (OS) comes with inbuilt support for zip files with limited use. There are many software available for file compression which can do compress your files and reduce the file size. File Compression Software not just compress your files but they can easily zip or unzip files and they support many different file compression formats. Here are 5 free best free file compression software which can do same task as paid compression software.

5 Most Popular File Compression Software

1. 7-Zip

7-Zip is open source software and my favorite file compression software. It is very easy to use and supports file like 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, WIM, and Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.

2. Free RAR Extract Frog

Free RAR Extract Frog is a skinable extraction tool for RAR-archives that support spanned archives as well as the decompression of password protected files. Start the extraction of a RAR file by drag ‘n’ drop, double click or shell integrated context menu.

3. IZArc

IZArc is freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, etc. With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools.

4. ZipGenius

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.

5. PeaZip

PeaZip is open source file compression software. It supports compress file create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP and can extract 129 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF and many more.


  1. Peazip is slow as molasses, compared to WinRar anyway. Otherwise it’s good, but that extra 2 seconds for everytime I extract a file just gets to me.

  2. I second 7-Zip and PeaZip suggestion, both are based on the same open source components so performances are the same (and are good, there are a lot of benchmarks).
    Zip compression may be a bit slower than with WinRar, but this happens because 7-Zip and PeaZip use an optimized deflate that has higher compression ratio: the advantage is better compression without switching from a perfectly standard Zip file.
    And they may seem slower if comparing 7z to Rar format, but it both compress better that Rar and scales better in performances on multi-core machines, two important advantages IMHO.

  3. AXXO says:

    Free arc the best!! try it ! way bttr than 7zip !! just way bttr !


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