7-Zip: Free and Open Source File Archive Utility for Windows and Linux

Most of the times we here at AskVG post various articles which feature themes, utilities, registry scripts, etc. These things are provided for download in ZIP file format and we always suggest you to use 7-Zip to extract those ZIP files. Recently when I posted article about 7-Zip theme manager, I realized that there is not any dedicated article for this awesome utility at AskVG. That was quite surprising for me.

So today in this article, we are going to feature this excellent file archive utility so that more and more people can know about it.

"7-Zip" is a free file archive utility which allows you to unpack/extract wide range of formats like ZIP, RAR, GZIP, 7z, RPM, MSI, ISO, CAB, DMG, VHD, WIM, TAR, etc. 7-Zip is one of the most popular and our favorite file archiver. The default file format used by this software is 7z.

It can be installed in almost all Windows versions including Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Its command line version is also available for Linux/Unix.

7-Zip is an open source program. Most of its source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions.


Features List:

  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Supported formats for packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
  • Supported formats for 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.
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 79 languages

Its a very light-weight software and doesn't take much memory of your system.

7-Zip can be downloaded for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows OS. At the time of writing this article, the latest version available of 7-Zip is 9.20 and a beta version 9.22 is also available for testing. There is another alpha version 9.23 available.

You can download it using following link:

Download 7-Zip

Do you also use 7-Zip in your system? If you use any other file archiver, please let us know in your comment...


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  • the beta works very well. use it since months and had never trouble with it.

  • i use winrar for 3 years, i still do use it, my trusted archiver and file explorer

  • I Use Kgb for last 1 year it compresed windows 7 iso in to only 9 mb.

  • 7-Zip 9.25 alpha was released quite a long ago... =.= (2011-09-16)


    What's new after 7-Zip 9.23 beta:

    - LZMA decompression speed was improved.
    - "compress and send to email" code was improved to support more email clients.
    - New command "h" to calculate hash values CRC-32, CRC-64, SHA-256 or SHA-1 for files on disk.
    - New -spf switch to store full file paths including drive letter to archive. If you use that switch with extract command, please check that file names in archive are correct.
    - Some bugs were fixed.

    NOTE: New -spf switch feature is for testing only!
    That code is still under development. Please write about any bugs there.
    It stores full file paths to archive only if you specify these full paths in command.

    Forums: sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/forums/forum/45797/topic/4711128

  • Is newer alpha avaliable, v9.25

  • Hey VG , I use winzip 16.0 . By the way....do you have any giveaways running right now?>?????????

  • VG

    Thanks guys. Updated the article with new version links. :)


  • This is another open-source archive manager, called PeaZip and is also available for Windows and Linux users... Been using it for months without any problem.

  • Oh, they have signed a partnership with open candy, so we can't trust if the software is safe or not. Sorry for being careless about this. Time to uninstall.

  • 7-Zip 9.30 alpha was released

  • I use WinRAR, but my pc no longer supports it(Windows XP, Gawd knows how) so 7zip

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