PeaZip is a free ZIP files utility and free RAR file extractor, a fast and elegant all-purpose file manager and archive manager tool for Windows, Linux, and BSD.
The program freatures a powerful unified GUI that, unlike most of other classic file archivers like i.e. WinZip and WinRar, is natively portable and cross-platform.
PeaZip is based on solid and proven Open Source technology of 7-Zip for handling mainstream archive formats, and other great Open Source tools (FreeARC, PAQ, UPX...) for supporting additional file formats and features, for a total of over 150 file formats supported.
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract RAR, ACE, ARJ, CAB, DEB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RPM, UDF, ZIPX files
PeaZip is localized in 29 languages and is capable of handling all most popular archive formats (150+ file types), supporting a wide array of advanced file and archive management features (search, bookmarks, thumbnail viewer, hashing, find duplicate files, convert archives...), especially focused on security (strong encryption, two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion...).
The distinctive trait of PeaZip is the innovative and easy to use compression/extraction interface, more similar to CD burners interfaces rather than to a classic file compressor: this design makes extremely simple to check/update items set for compression and extraction, integrating a full featured file manager component.
Also, tasks created in the GUI can be easily saved and scheduled as batch scripts, in order to help automate backup/restore operations, or for fine tuning, or for learning purpose, bridging the gap between the ease of use of GUI applications and power and flexibility of console.
What is new in this release:
- PeaZip 5.6.1 release comes with revamped Help and Settings interface, and improved hotkeys for archive creation and extraction.
- RAR5 file format standard support is added as separate plugin available on Add-ons page, due the non-OSI compatible license of royalty-free RarLab's unrar.
- ZPAQ support is updated to 7.05 version, and it is introduced read/write support for BCM file compression format.
- LIBRE_DIRECTIVE allows users to disable calls to non-free software, helping program's deployment in OSI-compliant environments.
What is new in version 5.6.0:
Revamped Help & Settings interface, new hot-keys, improved menus and selection dialogs, added support for BCM and ZPAQ 7.05.
What is new in version 5.5.3:
Version 5.5.3 introduces new 7z 9.38 beta back-end for handling mainstream archive formats, improves context menu and navigation menu, and enhances address breadcrumb with clickable directory list for each node level.
What is new in version 5.5.2:
Version 5.5.2: Updated to 7z 9.35 back-end, LZMA2 new default compression algorithm for .7z format, improved scanning compressed files.
What is new in version 5.5.0:
Release 5.5.0 improves file manager introducing new advanced batch file rename functions, advanced selection features with a dedicated selection dialog, and a new copy selected path(s) function. Image manager was improved, with graphic files conversion to TIFF, PPM and XPM format in addition to existing JPEG and PNG conversion function, 4K and 8K pre-sets in fit to screen resolution, and pre-sets for conversion to JPEG with 90, 75, and 50 quality level. Archive management now features "Halt system after task completion" flag in Advanced compression/extraction options tab, and it was added option to remove single intermediate directory upon Extract to new folder operations. Quad and Balz binaries are now contained in PeaZip Additional Format Plugin 2.