PeaZip is an open source application for Windows and Linux to create and extract multiple compressed archives simultaneously. Once you have installed PeaZip, you will no longer require installing another standalone compression program to extract or compress archives. It is not just a cross-platform application, but also supports compression across formats which are normally associated with operating system (e.g. .GZ for Linux). PeaZip provides full support for the following formats: 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, and ZIP, whereas, “extraction only” support is available for ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, Java (JAR, EAR, WAR), Linux (DEB, PET/PUP, RPM, SLP), Mac (DMG/HFS), PAK/PK3/PK4, RAR, UDF, WIM and lot more.
PeaZip usage is as simple as that of any common compression utility, such as, WinRAR or 7zip. After installation, it completely integrates with the context menu of both Windows and Linux based operating systems. Using the context menu options you can add files or folders to archive and extract compressed ones. To compress a file or folder, right click on it and select Add to Archive from right-click context menu.
A new window will pop-up, asking you to specify Output location, configure format options, select a compression format or optionally a volume size.
The Advanced tab contains options to select a compression level, method, function, and encryption algorithm. To create your archive, click OK.
The options provided for both Windows and Linux are the same and for this reason one is not deprived of any good feature for both platforms.
To extract a compressed archive, select an extraction option via right-click context menu to extract the archive to a selected folder.
PeaZip has multiple packages for both Windows and Linux distributions. The Linux packages include a Deb package for Ubuntu and Debian, as well as an RPM package for Redhat and Fedora users. PeaZip is currently not available for Mac OS X but the development efforts are underway.