Download File Compression - Best Software & Apps

  • 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
  • 7-Zip

    18.01

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    GPU archiver with high compression ratio

    7
    392 votes
    • PROS: Compatible with main archive formats, Good choice of update modes, Split archives to specific sizes, Compress to 5 different archive formats
    • CONS: No virus scan, No file repair tool, Can’t set file encryption level
  • WinZip

    22

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    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    If "zipping" has made it to the dictionary, WinZip is to blame

    6
    859 votes
    • PROS: Quick and easy compressions, Supports the use of passwords, Share via Facebook and email, It can create self-extracting files
    • CONS: Improved compatibility, Only compresses into ZIP format
  • UnRarX

    2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Unzip RAR files on Mac with this WinRAR style extractor

    6
    414 votes
    • PROS: Unzips RAR files easily just like WinRAR, Unzips files quickly, Works on older Macs
    • CONS: Doesn't create RAR archives,
  • Free MP3 Cutter

    2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Cut your MP3s down to size

    7
    479 votes
    • PROS: Very simple, Free, Built-in player
    • CONS: Only works for MP3, Doesn't allow you to join pieces
  • Bandizip

    5.15

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Compress and decompress Zip, Rar, 7z with fast archiving and Unicode support

    7
    124 votes
    • The Unarchiver

      3.11.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      A fast and free way to unpack your files

      6
      231 votes
      • PROS: Very fast, Handles almost any file type, Free to use
      • CONS: No 64-bit version
    • ZArchiver

      Varies with device

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      A free utilities & tools app for Android, by ZDevs

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      No votes yet
      • PeaZip

        6.2.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Compress and decompress files quickly and easily

        8
        220 votes
        • PROS: Support for many formats, Perfect integration with Windows Explorer, Very comfortable to use, Very good advanced features
        • CONS: Doesn't support creation of RAR files
      • WinZip for Windows 10

        1.1.159

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        Platform
        Windows

        Zip and unzip with style

        5
        12 votes
        • PROS: Impeccable design, File encryption, Easy to navigate, Compatible with Dropbox, Drive, SkyDrive
        • CONS: Only .zip and .zipx files, "Empty" kind of look
      • 7zX

        1.7.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Mac

        7zip archives and more in a click

        5
        149 votes
        • PROS: Free to use, Works with several major compression formats, Doesn't require installation to unzip, Allows passwords
        • CONS: Doesn't have a GUI - requires dragging and dropping of files, No batch processing,
      • RAR

        (WinRAR for Mac) 5.10

        License
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        Platform
        Mac

        Simple file compressor

        4
        159 votes
        • PROS: Seamless compression resulting in low file sizes, Huge array of options and settings, Intuitive Quick-Start feature
        • CONS: No GUI - command line only, Requires purchasing a license
      • Ultimate ZIP Cracker

        8.0.1.0

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        Platform
        Windows

        Discover the passwords to your ZIP files quickly

        5
        47 votes
        • DMG Extractor

          1.3.8.0

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Extract files from DMG files

          6
          107 votes
          • PROS: Open DMG files without converting to ISO, Raw Zlib Bzip2 and Zero block type DMG files,
          • CONS: Very specific to DMG files will not open other files, A certain level of technical expertise is required,
        • Universal Extractor

          1.6.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Extract files from any type of archive

          6
          39 votes
          • PROS: Small and light, Context menu integration, Supports drag and drop
          • CONS: Not very slick, Relatively limited functions
        • Stuffit Expander

          2011 15.0.7

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Mac
          Windows

          The most popular file expander and decoder for Macs

          5
          34 votes
          • PROS: Drag and drop interface, Over 30 supported formats, 512 and AES 256-bit encryption
          • CONS: Installs a lot of extra components, Doesn't archive - only decompresses,
        • KGB Archiver

          2.0.0.2

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Free file compression tool for personal computers

          6
          147 votes
          • PROS: This software package is free to download., There are a number of different compression options available.
          • CONS: The last update occurred as far back as 2009., This system will require a substantial amount of RAM space.
        • ORPALIS PDF Reducer Free

          1.0.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Software to minimize the size of existing PDF files

          6
          48 votes
          • PROS: The file size of a PDF document can be reduced by as much as 80 percent., A free demonstration version can be downloaded at no obligation.,
          • CONS: Users will be required to pay to enjoy all of its features., There is no version available for smartphones.
        • 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.
        • RAR to ZIP Converter

          1.0

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Convert your RAR files to ZIP

          5
          71 votes
          • PROS: Transform RAR files to ZIP, Supports the use of passwords, You can define the level of compression
          • CONS: No advanced features, Doesn't support drag and drop
        Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
        #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
        118.013926.8Windows
        22.14796.7Windows
        3228596.4Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
        464 bits 5.403586Windows
        52.24145.5Mac