Comparison of file archivers

Comparison Of File Archivers

Comparison of file archivers

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of file archivers. Please see the individual products' articles for further information. They are neither all-inclusive nor are some entries necessarily up-to-date. Unless otherwise specified in the footnotes section, comparisons are based on the stable versions--without add-ons, extensions or external programs.


Note: Archivers in purple are no longer in development.

General information

Basic general information about the archivers: creator/company, licence/price etc.

Operating system support

The operating systems the archivers can run on without emulation or compatibility layer.

  1. A separate 64-bit Windows x64 Edition version is also available.
  2. The Unix-like system port is known as p7zip. p7zip also is provided by FreeDOS.
  3. A Windows Mobile release (version 9.05-alpha onward) is available.
  4. Aminet contains several solution for 7zip under both classic and newage Amiga OS.
  5. The programs for other platforms are called Unace, do not have the same GUI, and can only perform decompression.
  6. The programs for other platforms are called RAR.
  7. This program also has a POSIX version available.
  8. Beezer works on BeOS and ZETA platforms only.

Archiver features

Information about what common archiver features are implemented natively (without third-party add-ons).

  1. Application is only for decompression.
  2. GNU tar calls the external programs gzip and bzip2 to......
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