7-Zip open source file archiver


7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license.The program can be used from a command line interface, graphical user interface, or with Microsoft Windows shell integration. 7-Zip began in 1999 and is actively developed by Igor Pavlov.You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don’t need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

It is very light on system and fast in operation.

The main features of 7-Zip

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

7-Zip works in Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT / ME / 98. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.

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7-zip has not been specifically made for windows 8. But it will work on windows 8.

After installing 7-zip here are some settings that needs to be done –

Open 7-zip File manager. Select ‘Options’ from ‘Tools’ menu.In the System tab select different types of archives to associate with 7-zip as shown below. You can choose more extensions than what is shown below.

In the ‘7-zip’ tab you can tick on ‘Integrate 7-zip to shell context menu’ and ‘cascaded context menu’. Also you can tick on different types of context menu items which you want to have as shown below.

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