OS X comes with the aptly named Archive Utility that can be used to extract contents of compressed zip files, or create zipped archives of your own from your files and folders via the options provided in the right-click context menu. With no UI to speak of, the app works in the background and is fairly basic. What the default utility can’t do is create an archive of a folder that’s split into smaller zip files that can later be extracted as a whole into a single folder. There are several third-party apps available that allow you to do this but if you just want to quickly do it without using a third-party app, and don't mind typing in a command for the purpose, you can easily do so from Terminal. In what follows, we are going to show you how to use a Terminal command to easily create split zip archives of the contents of any folder. Read More
There’s an umpteen number of file compression utilities out there but 7-Zip easily wins hands-down for most users due to its open-source nature, light memory footprint, wide range of compressed archive format support, and price tag of free. Most archive utilities that we come across nowadays tend to support various archive formats irrespective of their default extension. Though usually, a file archiver works best with its native format for the best overall compression ratio. KuaiZip
is a Windows file compression utility that recently crossed my way and left me utterly impressed, to say the least. Not only does it seem to be more powerful than 7-Zip, but its intuitive UI makes it extremely easy to use, even for novices. The tool allows extracting most of the popular archive formats including ZIP, 7Z, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LZH, TAR, UUE, Z, as well as KuaiZip's own KZ format.
Compressing files and creating archives in Mac is easily accomplished through the default utility, Archive,
which compresses to a whole host of formats. Files can be compressed in command line as well via the Terminal,
but having to compress files or folders through the command line is much more complicated and inconvenient, which is why it’s best to use the tool provided. If you aren’t a fan of the native utility for some reason, there are plenty of other apps that you can use instead. and if nothing else works for you, the Terminal really isn’t going anywhere. One advantage that Terminal holds in this regard, is that, in addition to being able to create archives, you can add a file to an existing one through a few simple commands. This can save you a lot of clutter; you can add files to a single archive as per your need, and not have a mess of archives in a folder or on your desktop.
There’s no doubt that the default archive utility in Mac does what it’s supposed to do, but that certainly doesn’t mean it is the only archive utility you will ever need. There is a slew of other file archiving tools out there, and some are more feature rich than others, or present a better interface than the default one. iPackr
is a free Mac app that is just one of the many options available. Not only does it tout a great interface, but also previews files in folders, lets you compress and extract them, supports a simple drag & drop interface, and lets you create and manage folders.
One of the methods we use amidst sharing a group of files is to archive them a under single file. Tools like WinRAR and 7-Zip come in handy in such situations. They allow us to pack the files together, so the receiving part can download and extract the files in on go. Such software are also helpful in reducing the size of a file via their various file compression techniques. If you were looking for an easy to use file compression utility then try SpinZip
. It is a portable application for Windows that allows you to create ZIP files in three unique ways; User Specified Size, Specified Number of Files per ZIP, and One file per ZIP (auto-named). The application is developed for users who often need to send ZIP files via mail, and require selecting files manually from the source to prevent exceeding email attachment size limit. It can also come handy in situations where one wants to compress a large number of files without having to select them from multiple locations.
Compressing files to reduce their size is something we’ve all done, either to save disk space, or to make it easier and faster to email them. For the Windows platform, there are a multitude of file compression applications available, and very few of them will cost you anything. Mac, however, is a different story. The default Mac archiving utility takes care of most compression formats, as does Unarchiver
, a famous file compression and extraction app. However, password protected zip archives are different. Keka
is a paid Mac app that handles the usual file compression and extraction functions, and can also create and open password protected files (provided you have the password; this isn’t for cracking passwords). The app supports 7Z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP and BZIP2, lets you password protect files, and split files by size suitable for writing to a CD or DVD. Keka costs $1.99 in the Mac app store, but if you want the older version of the app (which we tested), you can download it for free from the developer’s website
is a backup utility for Windows that can create and manage backups of files and folders. The backups can be sorted on local, removable or remote locations. It allows you to protect your data by scheduling tasks and password protecting your backups. The data can be stored in original form, or in compressed archives to save disk space. Filters are available to exclude temporary data from your backups and run predefined backup tasks such as My Documents
, My Pictures
, Outlook Express
etc. Read on to find out more about FBackup.
is an archive extraction program which can unpack RAR, ZIP and 7zip compressed archives together in one go. It supports drag and drop functionality and automatically extracts different kind of compressed archives to a specified folder. You can also extract password protected archives before entering a password or selecting a password list to crack the archive before extracting it. In case you have forgotten the password of a compressed archive, the cracking mechanism will try passwords from a text document list and also utilize recently or commonly used terms in order to crack the archive's password.
7-zip, despite being the best archiving utility available out there, lacks some UI specific aspects which would have made it a lot better. Since many beginners find it a quite difficult to go around with 7-zip, it would be a good idea to try out an application which covers both facets – fast archive creation and extraction and drop-dead UI.
Hamster Zip Archive
is one such freshly developed archiving utility which, while having a neat and simple UI, offers almost all the features of 7-zip. What seems great about this application is, firstly, visually appealing user interface, and secondly, extremely simple usage. It claims to utilize full CPU resources while creating archives, so set of hefty files can be packed-up in a few minutes. As Windows shell integration is apparently important for every archiving utility, it not only integrates with Windows right-click context menu but offers uploading limit
presets for splitting a set of files to send them via email (5MB), uploading them to Windows Live Skydrive (50MB), RapidShare (100), and for burning set of files to CD (650MB) and DVD(4.7 GB). The splitting feature is most significant from all the other included features, as it can quickly create a set of archives for uploading them to specified services while considering the upload limit, so you wont have to face any problems while uploading them to any of supported services.
7Zip despite being an excellent tool for archiving data, does not include profiles and lists. By using archiving profiles and lists, you can lessen the overall effort to archive or extract files to a pre-selected directory. J7Z
is an alternative open source GUI of 7Zip that enables users to create custom profiles for saving and extracting archives. By default, it comes with five different profiles, whereas users can create additional profiles as well. The pre-defined profiles include the Default profile, Flash (profile for saving archives to a flash drive), Local (for saving data to local drives), Remote (for saving archives to a remote location) and Storage (for saving archives to any kind of storage device e.g. external drive).
If you’re running an operating system supporting NTFS, disk space shouldn’t be a problem for you thanks to NTFS file system’s built-in transparent compression functionality. FileThin NTFS
is a free tool that utilizes the same function of the native file-system, but also enhances it with additional support and extra features.
It happens quite so often that a set of downloaded archive packages carry voids, incomplete binaries and other problems which thwarts user to unpack the archive correctly, if you’ve faced such exceptions in the past while extracting compressed archives, you should consider giving AutoUnpack
a shot. It is a Windows application which uses PAR2 mechanism (famous successor of PAR1) to verify completion of downloaded files. When there are some incomplete binaries, it will promptly fix and fill the voids from PAR2 blocks to unpack/extract all the contained content. Another noteworthy build-in feature is auto-removal of all the sources - RAR, 7z, ZIP,TS, etc., after unpacking of corresponding archives is successfully completed
is a recovery program from DiskInternals - famous for writing recovery and repairing software. It is designed to repair CRC32/Archive errors and other known data discrepancies which arises due to some unidentifiable reasons in ZIP files. Many a times it happens that we get a message that states “Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive”, this repairing tool caters to all such invalid archive entries in ZIP files and recovers them promptly.
is one of the best compression utility out there developed by ConeXware. They’ve recently changed tracks and are offering their eminent product free for personal use, which is a stripped-down version of standard PowerArchiver yet provides many feature and options to make the most of it. For those who don't know, it supports a huge list of features and formats ranging from famous Zip, ZIPX to CAB, open source 7-Zip, to ISO, BIN , including Nero’s NRG.
Being a Mac buff, you must have enjoyed it's vigorous functionality of archive decompression, but perhaps also be familiar with two shortcomings. First it does not support all archive formats, second if you want to extract only specified files from the archive, it wouldn't let you do that. Zipeg
has been developed to overcome these problems and also add speed to extraction. Read More
Demands for file-compression utilities are getting higher as time progresses. Today systems are generally overwhelmed with a lot of data that needs to be archived. The file-compression utilities can be useful for compressing or backing-up precious data, which eventually provides extra space. As for now, 7-zip is the most eminent file-compression utility but severely lacks a handy user interface. Bitser,
however, is an alternative that provides almost every feature of 7-Zip along with extensive tabbed and easy-to-use interface having numerous options for managing archives & backups.
The importance and utility of archives has always been immense, and with the rapid increase in internet dependency, cloud computing and data sharing, archives have become more abundant than ever. In my work, more than half the software that I test come as ZIP files, RAR packages or some other archive format. Extracting a huge number of these one by one can not only consume a lot of valuable time, but also be weary on one’s fingers as you click through them all. Since batch operation is the buzz around the web these days, for almost every action, why should extracting archives be an exception? Apparently, that's the thought behind this utility.
Since launching AddictiveTips back in August, 2008 we have never taken a single day off, nor do we plan to do so. But sometimes a situation arises where there is no option left. We do our best to post tips every day and would continue to do so in future. When there is nothing left to report, we have always tried to at least post a single tip. Fortunately today is not that day. Read More
Need a cross-platform tool that can automate all the important tasks for you, such as, make automatic backups, synchronize files/folders, perform archive and software tasks, etc? JaBack does that easily. It is a free utility developed on Java that works on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Read More
Do you have tons of RAR(part of WinRar) archives in your directory and most of them are password protected? If yes, then the common method would be to right-click them and select Extract Each Archive To Separate folder from the context menu. This method will take time since you have to type the password of each and every archive separately, and what if you do not remember the password for most of the archives? Read More