PeaZip is a free software for Windows and Linux which can create, convert and extract compressed files in batch from many formats. This cross platform archive manager is available in both portable form and an installable package for Windows (9x, 2k, XP, Vista, 7) and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Redhat, etc). PeaZip works like any other archive manager and supports more than 130 file formats including formats used by famous applications such as WinRAR, 7Zip, etc.
PeaZip provides Full support for the following formats (including compression and extraction): 7z, FreeArc’s arc/wrc, sfx (7z and arc), bz2, gz, paq/lpaq/zpaq, pea, quad/balz, split, tar, upx and zip.
Whereas, it supports Extraction and archive testing support for the following formats: 7z, bz, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, gz, gzip, cpio, deb, lzh, lha, rar, r01, 00, rpm, z, taz, tz, iso, jar, ear, war, lha, pet, pup, pak, pk3, pk4, slp, [Content], xpi, wim, u3p, lzma86, lzma, udf, xar, dmg, hfs, part1, split, swm, tpz, kmz, xz, txz, vhd, mslz, apm, mbr, fat, ntfs, exe, dll, sys, msi, msp, ods, ots, odm, oth, oxt, odb, odf, odg, otg, odp, otp, odt, ott, gnm, doc, dot, xls, xlt, ppt, pps, pot, docx, tgz, tpz, tar, zip, zipx, z01, smzip, arj, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, dotx, xlsx, xltx, swf, flv, quad, balz, zpaq, paq8f, paq8jd, paq8l, paq8o, lpaq1, lpaq5, lpaq8, ace, arc, wrc, 001, pea, cbz, cbr, cba, cb7, cbt and many more.
See the below instructions for Windows and Linux users regarding the usage of this free software.
Instruction for Windows Users:
To create a new compressed archive from files and folders in a desired file format (such as 7Zip, Zip, Gz, etc) right click on file(s) and folder(s) and select Add to Archive option.
Alternatively, you can open PeaZip main interface and add files and folders to create a compressed archive. Either way, you will be able to select a file format and other advanced options which will allow you to split, password protect the new archive that is being created. You can also add already compressed files to PeaZip and tick convert exsisitng archives option to convert its file format (for example from one format like 7Zip to another like tar).
Similarly, you can right-click compressed files and select Extract or Extract Here to decompress the files.
When you compress or extract file(s), a progress bar will alert you of the ongoing process.
Instructions for Linux Users:
Linux users can benefit from PeaZip the same way. Files can be opened for compression or extraction from right-click context menu via the Open With PeaZip option.
The compression and extraction options are the same as the Windows version which includes the utility to select a desired conversion format, password protection, encryption, etc.
You will get a prompt for jobs successfully completed once files have been compressed or extracted.
Below is a demonstration of the various compression formats I used to create archives. This includes formats used in both Windows and Linux operating system. hence, PeaZip can help you create, convert and extract formats used for various operating system types, without switching between a Windows or Linux distribution for managing compressed archives.
PeaZip has multiple distribution packages for Linux and a single package for Windows. It works on:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Linux Operating Systems including Ubuntu, Debian, Redhat, Fedora, etc.