Review of Free File Extractor, PeaZip

Extract Dozens of Popular Compressed Formats for Free With PeaZip

Screenshot of PeaZip in Windows 7
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PeaZip is a free file extractor program for Windows and Linux that supports a massive 180+ archive formats.

PeaZip can schedule archives, create self-extracting archives, and can even be used as a portable program without installation.

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Pros

  • Can extract from a huge variety of archive formats
  • Portable version is available
  • Option to create self-extracting archives
  • Integrates with Windows Task Scheduler for scheduled archive creation
  • Supports two-step verification on new archives for greater security

Cons

  • Setup can be confusing with all the advanced options

Extract From:

00, 001, 7Z, ACE, AIR, APK, APM, APPV, APPX, ARC, ARJ, BALZ, BSZ, BZ, BZ2, BZIP, BZIP2, CAB, CB7, CBA, CBR, CBT, CBZ, CDDX, CHI, CHM, CHQ, CHW, CPIO, CRX, CSPKG, DEB, DLL, DMG, DOC, DOCX, DOT, DOTX, DWFX, EAR, EPUB, EXE, FAMILYX, FAT, FDIX, FLA, FLV, GNM, GZ, GZIP, HFS, HXI, HXQ, HXW, IMA, IMAGE, IMF, IMG, IPA, IPSW, ISO, JAR, JTX, KMZ, LHA, LIT, LPAQ1, LPAQ5, LPAQ8, LZH, LZMA, LZMA86, MAFF, MBR, MDF, MPP, MSI, MSLZ, MSP, MSU, NTFS, NUPKG, ODB, ODF, ODG, ODM, ODP, ODS, ODT, OTG, OTH, OTP, OTS, OTT, OXPS, OXT, PAK, PAQ8F, PAQ8JD, PAQ8L, PAQ8O, PART1, PCV, PEA, PET, PK3, PK4, POT, PPS, PPT, PPTX, PUP, QUAD, R00, R01, RAR, RMSKIN, RPM, STAR, SEMBLIO, SFS, SLP, SMPK, SMZIP, SPLIT, SQUASHFS, STC, STD, STI, STW, SWF, SWM, SXC, SXD, SXG, SXI, SXM, SXW, SYS, TAR, TAZ, TB2, TBZ, TBZ2, TBZIP, TBZIP2, TGZ, TPZ, TXZ, TZ, U3P, UDF, VHD, VSIX, WAL, WAR, WIM, WMZ, WRC, WSZ, XAR, XLS, XLSX, XLT, XLTX, XPI, XPS, XZ, Z, Z01, ZIP, ZIPX and ZPAQ

Compress To:

7Z, ARC, BALZ, BZIP2, GZIP, PEA, QUAD, SPLIT, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP, and PAQ

Security Options

PeaZip can create password-protected archives with 256-bit AES encryption for 7Z, ZIP, ARC, and PEA file formats.

When creating a new archive, a keyfile can be used alongside a password to create a two-step verification.

This requires both the password and the keyfile to enable an archive to be opened, which greatly increases security.

My Thoughts on PeaZip

I have found PeaZip to be one the best file unzipper programs out there. It's packed with a large amount of features and supports a tremendous list of file formats that it can decompress.

In addition to what I've listed above, PeaZip can actually take a guess at how an archive file is to be opened, so it's possible there are other file formats not listed above that it can open. This is in vast difference to some of the other file unpacking software I've used, which can only support a few of the popular formats.

A nice feature in PeaZip is the ability to create an archive that is split up into different volume sizes. This ensures you can place parts of the archive on a CD, DVD, or even floppy disk, and then rejoin them at a later time. If you're sending a new archive to someone over email, there are even designated volume sizes that indicate which ones can be used so as not to exceed most email file size limits.

If you are sending an archive over email, PeaZip makes it even simpler by letting you do so from inside the program by automatically adding the compressed file to a new email as an attachment, which can easily speed things up for you.

The scheduling function in PeaZip is unlike any other compression software I've seen. It makes it extremely easy to schedule file archives via Windows Task Scheduler any day of the week. Without using any software, you can backup files to another attached drive, for example, and have PeaZip compress it on the fly to save disk space.

As if you'd think the features would stop here, PeaZip also has a unique function of being able to securely erase files. With the PeaZip program open, you can select data to erase using the Random Data sanitization method to securely erase files.

The sheer number of supported unpacking formats alone should already have you installing PeaZip, but the extra features and settings it brings along really does show just how great of a program it is.