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Compress to 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZip, PAQ, PEA, self-extracting archives, TAR, WIM, XZ, ZIP files.
Open 150+ file formats, including ACE, CAB, DMG, ISO, RAR, UDF, ZIPX archives.
Extract, create and convert files, split / join, strong encryption, encrypted password manager, secure data delete, find duplicate files, compute hash, export scripts to automate backup and restore tasks.

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Convert RAR ISO TAR 7Z ZIP files

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Convert archive format i.e. RAR to ZIP

PeaZip allows to convert existing archives, belonging to any of the 150+ formats supported for extraction (CAB, ISO, RAR, ZIPX...), into any archive format supported for writing (7Z, WIM, TAR, ZIP and more popular file formats), on Microsoft Windows and Linux systems.
In example, RAR archives can be converted to ZIP format (that is ubiquitously supported) or to 7Z format (which offers better compression), or to TAR format (widely supported on Unix-like systems). This function also comes handy when the user, for an afterthought, wants e.g. to recompress the archive using higher compression settings, or to apply encryption, etc.

The software can work on multiple archives at the same time, either converting each input archive in a separate file in the chosen target format, or consolidating the multiple input archives in a new single archive of the desired format.
Non-archive files can be added as well to the input list, and will be compressed (or consolidated) in the chosen archive format.
In any case when using Conversion function input archives are firstly extracted and then recompressed in the new format, in order to get optimal compression ratio.

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To convert existing archives, click on "Convert" button in applications tool bar, or check the "Convert existing archives" option in archive creation dialog; add files to conversion procedure as for normal archive creation, as explained in the FAQ and in program's documentation (F1).

Flag "Add each object to a separate archive" if you want to create a separate output archive file for each input object, ie.e. to perform a mass file conversion of input archives, or uncheck the option if you prefer to merge all the input data in a single archive, i.e. to consolidate a set of backup.

If input file is encrypted, user needs to provide correct password to perform archive conversion, otherwise archive data will not be readable and extraction stage will not complete.

If verbose mode is selected, after the extraction stage file conversion procedure asks for confirmation to proceed with compression, this allows to abort the process in case of problems (disk full, unknown password, corrupted archives etc) or to further modify the uncompressed data before the final compression stage.

After the compression stage, file conversion procedure asks for confirmation before deleting temporary files and folders created for conversion, however original archives are not deleted and not modified in any stage of the conversion to always let the user in full control about keeping or removing them.

If "verbose mode" option is unchecked (default) archive conversion can proceed unattended once OK button is clicked.

Purposes of file conversion

  • Transform legacy read supported format archives (e.g. old backup or save files in ACE, ARJ, LHA), which may be, or become, obsolete - surpassed in terms of compression, performances, encryption features, or be troublesome to support in future systems
  • Provide recipients of data archived in a suitable, widely supported format - usually ZIP - for compatibility with most systems and most archive managers
  • Optimizing data backup, merging multiple existing save files (even from composite formats) in a single backup archive - removing "Add each object to a separate archive" flag
  • Re-compress old archives with better compression ratio, as more computing power and better compression algorithms are available; i.e. 7z/p7zip optimized Deflate algorithm compresses 2-10% smaller ZIP archives preserving full compatibility with format specifications standard, and 7Z format usually attain 30-70% better compression than classic ZIP format
  • Replace non-free archive formats (ACE, RAR) with free ones (7Z, ZIP) which can be supported by Free Software without being encumbered by patents' issues, in order to guarantee the format to stay supported even after the original author ceases development.

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Related articles: 7-Zip's 7Z file, Extract ACE file, De-compress CAB, Read ISO file, Open RAR file, TAR/TGZ/TBZ file, ZIP file, Open ZIPX file, Compare features of archive formats

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