With support for nearly 190 archive file types, PeaZip is surely one of the most widely used free archive extractor and creator. This open-source development can open nearly any known archive file format, and can compress any file into a 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ, PEA, SFX, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, or ZIP archive quickly and without exhausting your system’s resources. Besides, the app’s native format, PEA, offers an excellent compression ratio.
Undoubtedly, it is in the file extraction area where PeaZip really shines. No other – free or commercial – extraction tool is capable of recognizing, opening, and extracting as many different formats as this app does. All popular and well-known archive types are on the list (ZIP, RAR, ISO, 7Z, etc.), and the program’s prediction abilities make it capable of extracting file types not listed yet. Besides, it is one of the fastest extractors available. When it comes to putting files into a new archive, however, PeaZip still struggles a bit in terms of compression speed. Though slightly improving with each version, this otherwise excellent tool is far from the top 10 when it comes to archiving speed. Things change when it comes to the number of compression formats supported. Thus, except for RAR – which remains off-limits for any free or open source development – PeaZip supports a good number of archive formats that include all the most common ones.
PeaZip comes with a series of utilities that add value to its high-end compression and extraction algorithms. Its interface offers you a useful Windows-like file explorer, where you can easily select, add, and sort files and folders for compression. Its improved security features include two-factor authentication, requiring both a password and a key file to anyone wanting to open a protected archive. Both can be randomly generated by the program’s built-in password manager, thus increasing its already excellent level of security. No other compression tool can compare to PeaZip when it comes to security. In terms of archive editing, this app can also split and join archives, convert them into other formats, manage the files inside an archive without extracting them, find duplicate files, create multi-volume archives, etc.
Over the years, PeaZip has managed to become the second most popular free compression tool, only behind Bandizip, and it outshines the latter in features and in the number of formats supported. This open-source file compressor needs only to improve its compression speed to become the best free option available.