Download Compressed Files - Best Software & Apps

  • WinRAR

    5.50

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    The king of compressed files

    7
    3066 votes
    • PROS: Excellent compression ratio, Supports the major formats, Integrated with antivirus, Excellent compression ratio, Supports the major formats
    • CONS: Interface could be improved, RAR5 files can only be read by WinRAR5
  • WinRAR

    64 bits 5.40

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    Platform
    Windows

    The king of compressed files

    6
    358 votes
    • PROS: Excellent compression ratio, Supports the major formats, Integrated with antivirus, Create password-protected files
    • CONS: Interface could be improved, RAR5 files can only be read by WinRAR5
  • ODIN

    0.3.4.308

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create exact zipped images of your hard drive

    7
    105 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Works with any hard drive, Image files can be compressed, Image files can be split
    • CONS: Image generation takes a while
  • Bluetooth File Transfer

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Java
    BlackBerry

    Share files with other Bluetooth devices

    7
    77 votes
    • PROS: Very simple to use, Useful file management tools, Transfer multiple files simultaneously
    • CONS: Ugly interface
  • RAR for Android

    5.40.build41

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    The king of compressed files

    4
    1 vote
    • PROS: Official application, Excellent compression ratio, Supports the major formats, Integrated with antivirus, Supports the major formats
    • CONS: Interface could be improved
  • RAR Opener

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Simplify compressed files

    9
    1 vote
    • PROS: Lightweight program that's free and that works, Works with a variety of compression formats including RAR, .Zip and .7Z and .Tar
    • CONS: Small program, doesn't include advanced features.
  • Advanced Archive Password Recovery

    4.53

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Find the password for compressed files in various formats

    6
    8 votes
    • McAfee Stinger

      12.1.0.1113

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Detect and clean a variety of specific virus types

      8
      96 votes
      • PROS: Free, Scans compressed files and self extracting executables
      • CONS: You can't update - you must reinstall
    • Unrar Extract and Recover

      4.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Recover compressed content divided into multiple RAR files

      7
      33 votes
      • 7Zip Opener

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        All purpose app for compressed files

        8
        1 vote
        • PROS: Compatible with a number of compression formats like 7Zip, Rar, Tar and Zip , Lightweight, takes up very little space
        • CONS: Only decompresses, no compression options.
      • File Extractor for ZIP, RAR, 7-ZIP, and TAR archives

        3

        License
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        Platform
        iPhone

        Extract the contents of ZIP, RAR, 7-ZIP, and TAR compressed files directly on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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        • Opener

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Open a variety of compressed files cleanly on your Windows PC

          7
          1 vote
          • PROS: Works with many common compression formats, No bloatware or malware with install, Fast, small install and easy to use
          • CONS: Very simple, not many advanced options
        • EF Find

          8.40

          License
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          Platform
          Windows

          Search for text within compressed files

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          No votes yet
          • PROS: Locates text within compressed files, Simple to use, Includes refined searches
          • CONS: Limited to compressed files
        • InsideCAT

          Lite 4.00

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Disk cataloger with support for compressed files

          10
          6 votes
          • SiNimage

            1.1

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Hidden compressed files or text on an image

            10
            1 vote
            • IZArc2Go

              4.1.6

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              A portable version of the popular compressor IZArc

              4
              13 votes
              • PROS: No installation required, Support for drag and drop, Support for encryption, multi-volume sets and executable EXE compressed files
              • CONS: Not integrated with Windows Explorer, Can't be associated with certain file formats
            • Acubix PicoZip

              3.01

              License
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              Platform
              Windows

              Zip and unzip compressed files easily

              7
              2 votes
              • SWF Video Converter

                3.5

                License
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                Platform
                Windows

                Convert video files to compressed flash video

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                No votes yet
                • WinMount

                  3.2.0929

                  License
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                  Platform
                  Windows

                  Compression, file mounting and more

                  6
                  17 votes
                  • PROS: In-built compressor compatible with 7Z, ZIP and ISO, Password protect compressed files, Integrates into context menu
                  • CONS: Irritating nag screen, Not the easiest to navigate
                • HTC Zip

                  1.20

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Pocket PC

                  Handle Zip files on your mobile device

                  6
                  3 votes
                  • PROS: Creates Zip archives in a few steps, Quickly unpacks compressed files, Powerful built-in search
                  • CONS: Doesn't support all compression formats
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