PeaZip

PeaZip 8.0

Free
Creates archives and unzips compressed files and folders

Extracts over 180 archive formats like 7Z, ZIP, TAR, ARC, ACE, CAB, etc. and creates archives in a variety of formats including its native one called PEA.

When it comes to creating, editing, and extracting archive files, PeaZip offers an open-source alternative to a wealth of other similar tools. Though based mainly on the 7-Zip, FreeArc, and other technologies (including their own PEA projects), this tool can open more than 200 archive types and compress files into 7z, ARC, ZIP, and TAR archives, as well as into other well-known formats. Besides, if you happen to have a RAR license, you can also use PeaZip to create and open RAR archives.

After nearly 15 years of restless development (since its first inception as Pea-Peach back in 2006), PeaZip has achieved a deserved level of recognition among its many competitors. The efficiency of the open-source technologies it supports has a lot to do with it, but also its easy-to-use interface and the high versatility of the whole tool. Its clear interface, however, is sometimes “too clear” – it is difficult to tell one option from the other or to be sure that you are on the right window when they all look so similar...

To compensate for that minor design flaw, PeaZip offers support for a couple of hundreds archive file formats and comes with a nice list of management features (some of them referred to as PEA tools), such as archive search, a thumbnail viewer, find duplicates, edit files inside archives without extracting them first, file encryption and two-factor authentication (AES256, Twofish256, Serpent256, etc.), file shredding, archive repair, password manager and generator, and many more.

PeaZip works like a charm. It is flexible and versatile, and it offers support for various platforms. It has a portable version for all Windows architectures, and, being an open-source project, you can rest assured that it will go on developing into a better and better tool with each new iteration.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Extracts more than 200 archive file types
  • Offers an excellent compression ratio
  • Opens RAR files
  • Includes strong encryption capabilities

Cons

  • A confusing interface with very similar windows for different functions
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