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CAB file format



WHAT IS CAB FILE FORMAT

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CAB extension designates Microsoft Cabinet format, a compressed archive / package standard developed by Microsoft, employing various compression algorithms standards including public domain Phil Katz's Deflate (default compressor algorithm for .zip format), to create various types of compressed packages used for multiple purposes, such as distribution of software components and updates.

CAB packages role for Microsoft Windows world is similar to some extent to TAR in Unix/Linux world, or to functions later performed by Microsoft's WIM Windows Imaging Format (supported by PeaZip for extraction and archiving) for Vista and more recent systems - still, CAB format works with more ercent Microsoft ssystems.

Read more on Microsoft Cabinet formatMicrosoft CAB standard specifications page on MSDN, CABMS Cabinet file .cab format Wikipedia page, and WIMWhat is Windows Imaging Format archive format specifications on Microsoft Technet.

PeaZip provides read-only support for CAB files, allowing opening for browsing/inspection, selective decompression of CABINET file content, and to convert existing .cab containers to other archive formats (ZIP, 7Z, etc) more handy to work with in a non-Windows or mixed Operating Systems environment.

.CAB extension is associated to PeaZip by default, from read-supported formats group in File associations screen of Windows installers
This option can be selected/deselected running custom installation or from application's main menu Options > System integration


  



  

.CAB

Author Microsoft

SPEED Microsoft CAB package

Usually high, due commonly employing Deflate, suited to its primary role of package distribution.







COMPRESSION RATIO cab vs zip

Usually moderate, in most common cases CAB packages comes with fast but moderate Deflate compression.

ADVANCED OPTIONS N/A
CAB is usually employed as distribution for software packages, cannot be evaluated in terms of pure archiving options.








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