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Editors' Review

7-Zip is a utility program to help you extract compressed files and create your own compressed files in several different formats. With these tools you can easily send large quantities of information or open compressed files you receive without hassle.

Pros

Format options: This program can handle multiple compression formats. It can package files into 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, and TAR formats, and it can unpack all those, in addition to ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, and more.

Advanced capabilities: This app is straightforward enough that novice users will have no trouble accessing its basic features. But for more advanced users, there are other options as well that make this program even better. These include the ability to create self-extracting 7z files and the option to add password protection to compressed files.

Cons

Compression process: The compression process this app uses takes more time to complete than some alternative programs' processes do. Compressions carried out through 7-Zip also require a lot of system resources while they're in progress.

Bottom Line

7-Zip is completely free to download and use, and its many upsides far outweigh the few minor drawbacks that come with it. If you're looking for an alternative to WinZip or another similar program, this is a good option to consider.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 19.00

  • Encryption strength for 7z archives was increased: the size of random initialization vector was increased from 64-bit to 128-bit, and the pseudo-random number generator was improved.
  • Some bugs were fixed.

General

Publisher 7-Zip Software
Publisher web site http://www.7-zip.org
Release Date February 21, 2019
Date Added February 22, 2019
Version 19.00

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 1.13MB
File Name 7z1900.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 10,367,895
Downloads Last Week 2,735

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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