This easy to use pair of command line-based archiving tools takes a few moments to learn, but it's worth the trouble for command window fans. IZArc Command Line Add-on is actually a pair of executable files. Izarcc.exe compresses, while Izarce.exe decompresses archives. Both are easily invoked from batch files and include many common options.
Both of these freeware executables offer all the options of old-style command line archiving tools. The publisher includes a single page manual that lists all options, and examples for most needs. Even an inexperienced user could pick up these tools in minutes. Testers found file compression comparable with Windows-based applications. The archive tool includes easily set options to use ZIP, AES 128bit, or AES 256bit encryption. Five different compression levels are also available. The decompresser handles anything the compressor creates, plus some archives created with other tools.
All of the functions for both tools are set with ASCII character options. You enter the functions through the command line, or invoked through a batch file. Some exit codes are available, but this application doesn't offer extensive error handling. Users in the need of command line archive tools should give this simple, but effective, freeware set a test.
The IZArc Command Line Add-On is a set of advanced command line tools for Windows. They can be called from batch (.bat) files, embedded in scripting languages or executed from other applications. Strong 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption (WinZip 9 compatible). Support BZip2 compression for ZIP archives (WinZip 9 compatible). Support large ZIP files (> 4GB). Test archive integrity. Display contents of archive.
Version 1.1 has added an option to set custom temp directory.