7 Free Archive Software as Alternative to WinZIP and WinRAR

Winzip and Winrar are the most famous and popular utilities software to compress files into archive formats like zip, iso, rar, and others. Unfortunately these software is not free. You should spent your money to use this programs on your Windows PC. There are some free alternative software that can compress or un-compress files in many archive formats type.

Here 7 Free Archive Software as Alternative to WinZIP and WinRAR. List is in alphabetical order.

1. 7-Zip

Credits: 7-zip.org

7-Zip is a file archiver open source software with a high compression ratio. There are some archive software that use 7-zip as a based software. For example: Easy 7-Zip and JZip.


  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • Many support popular archive formats like (7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM)
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Archive from command line

2. B1 Free Archiver

B1 Free Archiver
Credits: majorgeeks.com

B1 Free Archiver is fast and simple free archive software.


  • Simple, fast with clean interface
  • Support B1 format and almost 40 other formats

3. Hamster Free ZIP Archiver

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver
Credits: softonic.com

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver improve Zip algorithm for archiving, which reduces the time required to create an archive by more than 2-fold and it has multi-core processor support.


  • Uses multi-core processors when creating zip-archives
  • Support Zip, WinZip, 7zip, WinRAR and other archive formats.

4. IZArc

Credits: izarc.org

IZArc is free file compression utility supporting many archive formats which can open CD image files like ISO, BIN, CDI and NRG.


  • Support many archive format and can open CD image files like ISO, BIN, CDI and NRG
  • Allows drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer
  • Integrating in Windows Explorer context menu
  • Repair damaged zip archives
  • Can run your preferred Anti-Virus scanner when you open any archives.
  • Converting from one archive type to another type.

5. PeaZip

Credits: peazip.sourceforge.net

PeaZip is archive utility to compress files and extract archive file on your computer.


  • Easy to use GUI with Drag&Drop and context menu integration
  • Compress, convert, split, encrypt, and secure delete
  • Open RAR TAR 7Z ZIP ZIPX files, 150+ formats supported
  • Available in portable

6. ZipItFree

Credits: zipitfree.com

ZipItFree is a free Winzip alternative with 10X Compression technology which can compress JPEGS up to 40% without loss of quality.


  • Advanced compression format (Black Hole) with high compression ratio, and fast decompression.
  • ZipV2 encryption algorithm to protect file archive
  • Support for most popular compressed and encoded formats currently in use
  • Split Zip File capability
  • Add comment on archiver and files

7. ZipGenius

Credits: zipgenius.com

ZipGenius handles more than 20 types of compression formats and it allows user to browse CD/DVD-ROM ISO image files.


  • Supports more than 20 types of compression formats
  • Allows user to browse CD/DVD-ROM ISO image files
  • Secure archive file with CZIP
  • Support command line

If you know another good free utility to compress files then please share with us on the comment box below.

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