To remove a file or a folder from an existing archive
(i.e. ZIP or 7Z
file, but corrent instructions works for any write-supported format)
press Cancel or use Delete >
"Delete from archive function".
A confirmation dialog will be prompted
allowing to cancel the operation if desired.
The removal from an archive means the file/folder is actually deleted,
not moved to recycle bin, and it will be likely not recoverable.
To delete the entire archive while it is being browsed, from dropdown
menu on the right of "Secure delete" button it is possible to select
any supported deletion function - recycle, quick delete, zeroe content,
and secure delete.
To update or add files to an existing archive, with the archive opened
in PeaZip, files/folders can be dragged to the archive to be added:
the application will show archive update interface and the operation
can be confirmed pressing "Ok" button.
It could also be used the Add button or menu entry to go to archive
update interface; no file/folder will be yet listed to be added in this
case, and can be added dragging files to PeaZip or using archive
creation's input list context menu: the list of input objects (in the
top area of the window) can be modified
dragging files/folders on it, or rightclicking and using its context
menu functions (add files, add folder, remove selected objects etc);
the archive will be not updated until the operation is confirmed with
Some archives cannot be updated (neither adding nor removing
files) because of:
At current level of development of PeaZip files/folders are added to
archive's root level; this limitation can be avoided i.e. adding data
that is already inside a folder, or in a nested subfolder, since the
folder nesting will be replicated in the archive.
- solid mode
used, that means compression of subsequent data
depends on statistical analysis of previous data (which usually brings
better compression fine tuning the statistical analysis of the input),
so removing files will result in the need of re-compressing the whole
archive, which may be cumbersome.
- the archive type is read-only supported (solely for
extraction or browsing operations), so
lacking the ability (or being prohibited by the format licensing terms,
in the case of RAR files) to modify archive content, data cannot be
neither added nor removed.
Hint: to edit an encrypted archive the password must be provided for
being able adding or removing content to the password protected file.
External online resources: solid
Topics and search suggestions: add and remove files / folders /
existing archive, edit and update data inside compressed file wiki,
archive content, modify zip file on
Microsoft Windows and Linux systems, delete archived files form
existing package, solid compression mode.