7 Best Free Alternatives To WinZip/WinRar!!

WinZip is a proprietary file archiver and compressor for Microsoft Windows, developed by WinZip Computing . It natively uses the PKZIP format but also has various levels of support for other archive formats.WinRAR  is a shareware file archiver and data compression utility developed by Eugene Roshal.  It is one of the few applications that is able to create RAR archives natively, as the encoding method is held to be proprietary.

The Most Common thing in these two softwares is:THE ARE NOT GOOD TO MY POCKET!!!

Why to pay for something which is Available FREE and that too works more efficiently then the softwares mentioned above.Dontbelieve me?Then try the following:


7-Zip is a free and open source file archiver designed originally for Microsoft Windows, and later made available to other computer operating systems. 7-Zip operates primarily with the 7z archive format,oped by Igor Pavlov. 7-Zip was the winner of the SourceForge.net 2007 community choice awards for "Technical Design" and for "Best Project".

Lets see some of its features:

High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
• Supported formats:
Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, MSI, WIM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
• For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
• Self-extracting capability for 7z format
• Integration with Windows Shell
• Powerful command line version
• Plugin for FAR Manager




Filzip is a freeware file archiver program for the Microsoft Windows platform.


Filzip supports seven different archive formats, allowing the user to add and extract files from the archives. These include ZIP, BH, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), TAR, and gzip. A handful of other formats are supported for extraction only, including ACE, ARC, ARJ, RAR, and ZOO.


  • Extracting support for several other archive formats: ACE, ARC, ARJ, RAR, ZOO
  • Support for internet encoded files .UUE and .XXE
  • Standard archive operations like add, extract, delete or view files from archive, and other functions like renaming files within ZIP archives, viewing and writing a comment, define an external viewing program, test the archive if it's valid (after a download), "Checkout" function, or automatically install a program out of an archive, set archive passwords
  • built-in email client, but also possibility to launch system default email client
  • Create SFX (SelFExtracting) archives to provide your data easily, e.g. over the internet
  • Copy, Rename, Move or Delete archives within Filzip
  • Find files in archives
  • Write ZIP file span (predifined size or user defined, no limits!)
  • Explorer & Shell integration using Filzip Shell Extensions.
    E.g. extract files from context menu, or add from explorer directly to zip
  • Converting between several archive formats, for example converting ZIP to CAB archive.
  • multiExtract support! you can select several archives and extract them at once. Many options.
  • Help file in new Compiled Html Help format.
  • Complete uninstallation



Another freebie...What makes it different...uh...ITS COOL INTERFACE!!!!


  • Full Windows Vista Support
  • Easy, Modern User Interface
  • Higher Compression Ratios
  • ZIP2.0 High Secure ZIP Encryption
  • Comment Archives & Files
  • Multiple Compression Formats
  • Extract from .RAR Files
  • Verify Integrity of Multiple Archive
  • Flexible User Interface
  • Tight Integration with Windows
  • Large Zip File Support
  • One Click Zip & E-mail
  • Split Zip File Capability



ZipGenius is the absolutely free software for Windows® that lets you compress files to almost any kind of archive. ZipGenius supports more than 20 compressed archive formats, including CD/DVD-ROM image files in ISO9660 standard. This is the file compression suite you were searching for: it is free and easy to use, plus it supports more than 20 formats of compressed archives, including RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, SQX, OpenOffice.org documents and the excellent 7-zip. ZipGenius now can precompress executable files going to be added to a ZIP archive through the UPX compressor.




TUGZip is a freeware file archiver for Microsoft Windows. It handles a great variety of archive formats, including some of the commonly used ones like zip, rar, gzip, bzip2, sqx and 7z. It can also view disk image files like BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG.

TUGZip supports the following file formats:

Disc images
  • BIN
  • C2D
  • IMG
  • ISO
  • NRG

File archives
  • 7-Zip
  • A
  • ACE (Extraction only; compression and other features can be added via Ace32.exe)
  • ARC
  • ARJ
  • BH
  • BZ2
  • CAB
  • CPIO
  • DEB
  • GCA
  • GZ
  • IMP
  • JAR
  • LHA (LZH)
  • LIB
  • RAR
  • RPM
  • SQX
  • TAR
  • TAZ
  • TBZ
  • TGZ
  • YZ1
  • ZIP
  • ZOO

Features Overview

  • Supports ZIP, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TAZ, YZ1 and ZOO archives.
  • Supports BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG disc-images.
  • Support for external plugins.
  • Windows® shell integration, for example drag & drop, shell context menu and drop handlers.
  • Create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP archives.
  • Script support which allows you to make automated backups.
  • Basic features like: add, extract, delete, rename, run, view, checkout, install, test, comment, SFX, virus-scanning, disk-spanning and much more.
  • Repair corrupted ZIP and SQX archives.
  • Can extract multiple archives at once using Multi Extract.
  • Encrypt archives using 6 different algorithms. Blowfish (128-bit), DES (56-bit), Triple DES (168-bit) and Rijndael (128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit).
  • Create self-extracting encrypted archives.
  • Automatic updates using the "Web Update" function.


6.Quick Zip:

Quick Zip is a powerful and fast utility that provides support to ZIP and other popular archive formats. Features include built-in support to 21 types (or 36 extensions) of archives and encoding formats; full integration to the shell, including an archive icon, which associates different archives with different icons, context menus, tool tips, drag-and-drop, and cut and paste; and a folder list, which shows the directory structure of files. You can add the current date and time in order to store and pick different versions of files in the same archive.



7.ZipStar is a FREE archiving application for home users. Use it to create and unpack the archive formats SQX, CAB and ZIP. ZipStar relies on the well-known Squeez technology, one of the fastest engines for file compression and extraction which is also used in SpeedCommander and Squeez.
Thanks to the integrated Quick View for the most common file and multimedia formats you can view files within archives without first having to extract them. You can compress and extract files directly from Windows Explorer! One thing I like about ZipStar is it's Office 2003 look.
ZipStar is completely compatible to Windows XP and Vista and can be used freely for non-commercial use.
The main features are
• Direct support for the archive formats SQX, ZIP and CAB
• Full support of ZIP64 (no restrictions regarding the archive size and number of files within a ZIP archive) and Deflate64
• Complete Windows Explorer integration
• Integrated Quick View for many file formats
• Archive Favorites and Archive Folders
• Archive information window which displays the most important archive properties


So what do you think now?Stop wasting your money on application like WinZip and WinRar and use any one of the above!!!




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