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CAB file format



WHAT IS CAB FILE FORMAT

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

CAB packages function 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.

PeaZip provides read-only support for CAB files, allowing opening for browsing/inspection and selective decompression of CABINET file content, and to convert existing .cab files to other archive formats (ZIP, 7Z, etc).

.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.







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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External online resources: Microsoft Cabinet formatMicrosoft CAB standard specifications on MSDN, CABMS Cabinet file .cab format Wikipedia page, WIMWhat is Windows Imaging Format archive on Microsoft Technet.

Topics and search suggestions: how to convert, open and extract CAB files wiki, free CAB opener and extractor, view, browse, explore, navigate, read Microsoft Cabinet archives, manage and unpack .cab format, decompress cab package, download .CAB extension player / reader / viewer / manager program, disassemble cab file.



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