PeaZip (64 bit)

PeaZip (64 bit)

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 24 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.9.1
File Size:
6.24MB
Date Added:
March 29, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
139,126
Downloads Last Week:
2,237
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Windows sometimes encounters an unusual or compressed file it can't open, though its offer to search for the correct program has been known to provoke groans. The antacid to this heartburn is a good third-party file-management utility, one that can decompress a wide variety of zipped files as well as copy, split, join, compare, verify, and delete files. Extras like secure password and key file creation, strong encryption, and hash and checksum generators would be welcome in such a tool. We'd like it to run in 64-bit editions of Windows and integrate with Explorer's right-click menus. Last but hardly least, it should be open-source freeware. Few tools can notch most of these benchmarks (wait--add benchmarking to the list) but we looked at one that fits all of the above: PeaZip (64-bit).

Installing PeaZip gives users the opportunity to associate it by default with a variety of file types, including not just most compressed file types but also formats used by other popular utilities such as 7-Zip; Office and OpenOffice files; Linux, Mac, NSIS, and Java files; and custom types. The PeaZip version we tested, Version 3.7, supports a total of 118 predefined file types. Like similar tools, PeaZip's context-menu integration means users simply need to right-click a file and select the PeaZip menu to access the program's tools. However, PeaZip does things a bit differently: instead of a simple menu listing functions, PeaZip opens a tabbed console that let us choose everything from format and volume options to advanced filtering; compression methods and levels; archive functions and threading; and even two encryption algorithms, 256-bit AES and ZipCrypto for legacy support. The Tools menu accesses the password/key-file features, advanced filters, the benchmarking tool, and Windows' systems tools. We ran the benchmarking tool, which identified our RAM usage, CPU threads, and compression and decompression performance in the tool's Report tab.

Is the best part about PeaZip the quick access from context menus or the way it handles those weird file types without long minutes of fruitless searching? Well, can't we have both?

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Can't do basic things properly"

    July 09, 2014   |   By Superstitious

    Version: PeaZip (64 bit) 5.3.1

    Pros

    It is free.

    Cons

    I tried to unzip 54 zip files by right-clicking and choosing extract to folder, most of which were only 1-3K large, and Windows ran out of RAM, tried to increase the swap file, and PeaZip threw up a ton of error messages saying it was out of memory. What kind of unzipper is too stupid to unzip the files one at a time?

    1. Create the new folder
    2. Unzip file #1.
    3. Unzip file #2.
    4. Etc.

    Instead, it looks like it's launching a copy of itself for each file and trying to have all the copies running before it starts to unzip anything! What the heck?

    Summary

    It may have OpenCandy. I found it with Malwarebytes on machines I installed PeaZip on.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great but still behind others."

    June 15, 2014   |   By iamnotatroll

    Version: PeaZip (64 bit) 5.3.1

    Pros

    Great UI.
    Frequent updates.
    Many compression and almost all extraction formats.

    Cons

    Slower than 7zip and winrar.
    Compression and extraction progress is not shown properly like winrar.
    Cant extract rar5.

    Summary

    Great app but need many improvement as many users noted. Great UI but change the logo. Make it faster. Has potential to be my main archive app if you fixed above issues.

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