Free WinRAR & WinZip Alternative on Windows10 & Mac OS

Posted Under: Linux, macOS , Open Source, Shell, Tools, Tutorials, Windows, Zip on Mar 5, 2017
7zip is a free file archiving and file compression / decompression utility. 7zip is a free open source better alternative to both WinRAR and WinZip. It currently support over 45 formats. 7zip can open RAR files created with WinRAR. 7zip file manager

7z Features Highlights

  • Free and open source
  • Download 7zip for Windows from here.
  • 7zip is available for MAC OS, download it from here.
  • To install 7zip in Ubuntu Linux, run the following command in shell
    sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
    To extract / decompress RAR in Ubuntu Linux use the following command in terminal
    sudo apt-get install p7zip-rar
  • To install 7zip in Solaris 10 and 11, paste the following command in the shell
    pkgadd -d http://get.opencsw.org/now
    /opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -U
    /opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -y -i p7zip 
    /usr/sbin/pkgchk -L CSWp7zip # list files
  • 7zip uses AES 256 bit encryption to encrypt files.
  • Utilized multiple processor cores for speedy compression of files.
  • 7zip can create self extracting archives (sfx) files.
  • 7zip by default integrates into windows shell launcher for easy access and usability.
  • 7zip can also be used via command line options.
  • 7zip DLL can be easily included in to other projects and can be distributed freely.
  • 7zip SDK is available in C, C++, C#, Java programming languages.
  • 7zip is multi lingual and support 87 languages.