PeaZip

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5.8
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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • PeaUtils
  • Random Password Creator
  • Password Protection
  • Create Archive Interface
  • Extract Interface
  • Test Archive
  • View Archive
  • Main Interface
  • Image Crop Window

Editorial review

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Francisco Martínez Senior editor

This review applies to version 5.5. The latest version of this software will soon be reviewed by our informers.

PeaZip is an open-source archive application that provides full support for well-known archive formats, such as 7Z, ARC, GZ, TAR, and ZIP, among others. Likewise, it is capable of reading and extracting more than 150 other file types, while providing you with a set of useful utilities that will allow you to check, view, encrypt, or convert archive files.

One of the features that make this all-in-one free tool stand out from the plethora of other similar file compressors (such as its renowned competitors WinZip and WinRAR) is its cross-platform nature.
Its one-file-fits-all installer will allow you to use PeaZip on Windows, Linux, and BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), as well as a portable app. The other outstanding feature is its support for more than 150 archive formats, including all the most widely used ones and a long list of less-known file extensions.

These two features, added to the fact that PeaZip will cost you nothing, are more than enough reasons to make you think twice before acquiring a file compression tool. If we throw in an extensive range of file management tools and utilities in the package, I find it hard to come up with a strong argument to go for a different app. PeaZip will let you view an archive and add or delete files to it without having to extract it and re-create it again. You can also convert any of the supported 150+ file types into ZIP, TAR, WIM, and 7Z in a snap, and choose between a one-big-file output and a set of individual archives – one converted archive for each input file. You can also compare files, calculate checksum and hash files, and detect duplicates in a simple and highly rewarding way. Finally, you can also make use of PeaZip to shred archives for good using its free space or zero delete modes.

Security is another of the program’s strong points. PeaZip not only encrypts your archives using state-of-the-art encryption algorithms (AES256, Blowfish, Twofish256, Serpent256, or EAX), but also adds passwords and keyfiles to them for extra security. Locking your archives is extremely easy, and you can make use of the program’s password-related extra tools to create Fort-Knox padlocks for your most sensitive data.

Be it PeaZip’s unbeatable compression and archiving open-source technology, be it the wide range of highly useful tools that come with it, this is a tool that I would seriously consider when looking for an effective, safe, and versatile archive utility.

Pros

  • Reads more than 150 archive types.
  • Full support for 7Z, ZIP, and ARC archives.
  • Allows you to edit and check archive files without decompressing them.
  • Encrypts and password-protects your archives.
  • Natively portable and cross-platform.

Cons

  • None.

What's new in version 5.4

2014 08 13
5.4.1

FILE MANAGER
- New design update
- New Tabs area for easier use of options screens
- Improved Layout context menu in Crete/Extract screens
- Path submenu in context menu for exploring bookmarked/recent paths so files/folders can be dragged to the application
- Advanced submenu grouping layout/task management entries
- Scan actions and Hexadecimal preview are now featured also in Test button dropdown menu
- Various improvements and fixes

EXTRACTION and ARCHIVING
- Improved information during multiple extraction and archiving tasks
- Quicker access to last used directory in Output path menu
 

Publisher's description

PeaZip is a free archiver utility, based on solid and proven Open Source technology of 7-Zip and other great Open Source tools (like FreeARC, PAQ, UPX...) for supporting additional file formats and features, in order to provide an all purpose zip utility featuring a powerful unified GUI that, unlike most of other classic file archivers like i.e. WinZip and WinRar, is natively portable and cross-platform, being available for 32 and 64 bit Windows (9x, NT/2K/XP, Vista/7/8/8.1/10, ReactOS, Wine), and Linux and BSD x86 and x86-64 (desktop neutral application, supports Gnome, KDE and other desktop environments).

Full support: 7z, FreeArc's arc/wrc, sfx (7z and arc), bz2, gz, paq/lpaq/zpaq, pea, quad/balz, split, tar, upx, zip.

Encrypt:
7Z: 7-Zip AES256 encryption
ZIP: WinZip AES256 AE encryption, and ZipCrypto for legacy compatibility; can decrypt PKZip's AES encryption
ARC: FreeARC AES256, Blowfish, Twofish256 and Serpent256
PEA: AES256 EAX authenticated encryption

PeaZip is localized in 29 languages and is capable of handling all most popular archive formats (150+ file types), supporting a wide array of advanced file and archive management features (search, bookmarks, thumbnail viewer, hashing, find duplicate files, convert archives...), especially focused on security (strong encryption, two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion...).

The distinctive trait of PeaZip is the innovative and easy to use compression/extraction interface, more similar to CD burners interfaces rather than to a classic file compressor. This design makes extremely simple to check (and update) items set for compression and extraction, integrating a full featured file manager component.

Also, tasks created in the GUI can be easily saved as batch scripts, in order to automate backup operations, or for fine tuning, or for learning purpose, bridging the gap between the ease of use of GUI applications and power and flexibility of console.

Latest comments

  All comments (7)
  • 0
    Harry 3 months ago

    (Un)zips every popular format.
    Does what it needs to do while still looking good doing it as well.

  • 0
    leonardo 2 years ago

    Small, quick and works well in Linux.

  • 0
    elektrofunkenstein 3 years ago

    Very useful


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