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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver utility that provides an unified portable GUI for open source software technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX, and represents a freeware alternative to utilities as WinRar and WinZip.
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract 180+ archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files and more...
Features of PeaZip includes compress, convert and extract multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with optional two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure delete, find duplicate files, compute
checksum/hash values, export task definition as script.

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Add files and folders to new archive (7Z, TAR, ZIP...)


Archive formats supported for creation


PeaZip provides write support - create new archive, and edit existing ones adding files and/or directories - for following archive types:
  • 7Z, FreeArc's ARC / WRC, BZ2, BCM / QUAD / BALZ, GZ, *PAQ family (ZPAQ, LPAQ, PAQ), PEA, TAR, WIM, ZIP
  • creation of plain split files .001 (supported by 7-Zip/p7zip, HJSplit, and "split" Unix command)
  • creation of self extracting archives, based on 7Z or ARC standards - recipient will not need an extraction utility
  • strip + upx compression for executable files

How to create new archives


To add files and folders to a new archive, or to edit existing archive, you can:
create new archive from the system's file explorer
  • select files and folders and use context menu entry PeaZip > Add to archive to be prompted archive creation screen, allowing to set archive format, compression settings, output destination, encryption (password protection), and other options.
  • as alternative, use system context menu entry Add to .ZIP or Add to .7Z in order to start archiving selected files / directories without further interaction
create new archive from PeaZip main application
  • select files and folders, and use Add or Convert button to be prompted archive creation screen
  • as alternative, drag and drop files and/or folders from the system to an open PeaZip instance

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Archiving options


In the top part of the application window, PeaZip provides a file explorer showing list of input files and folders set to be archived (archive layout): rightclick on it for context menu to further edit the list, and for showing other input-related options.

Input context menu features controls to add files & folders, drag to application from search results, open bookmarked / recently visited paths (showing only directory items), add bookmarked / recently used files, load and save layout, and more...
Same menu is replicated clickingon the hamburger icon in the top right corner of the application's window.

In the lower part of the application, Output control sets output archive name and path, and its dropdown menu allows to quickly chose between system paths, recently used and bookmarked paths.
Padlock icon zip with password on the right of Output sets encryption password, if supported by the chosen archive format; PeaZip can create encrypted archives under following standards:
  • 7Z with 7-Zip AES256 encryption

  • ZIP with WinZip AES256 AE, and ZipCrypto for legacy compatibility
  • ARC with FreeARC AES256, Blowfish, Twofish256 and Serpent256

  • PEA with AES256 EAX authenticated encryption

Option settings


On the left (dropdown menus)
The first dropdown control sets archive format; by default PeaZip is set to archive to ZIP format, using optimized 7-Zip/p7Zip Deflate implementation which provides improved compression ratio and keeps compatibility with third parts zip files utilities.
Following dropdown controls set compression level (faster to higher - store option being the fastest but provides no compression), action (create new or update existing archive), and span archive in multiple volumes - useful to meet maximum size requirements, i.e. for email attachments.

On the right (checkboxes)
Add each object to a separate archive option create multiple separate archives at once, one for each file or folder in the input list.
Archive to original path overrides Output settings and create output archive(s) in same path of the input data.
Convert existing archives automate archive conversion process, extracting existing archives before starting actual archiving / compression stage in order to optimize final compression - used with "Add each object to separate archive" (active by default when "Convert" button is clicked from PeaZip file browser) it converts single input items to separate archives of the new format, otherwise consolidate all input archives to a single output archive in the new format.
Delete files after archiving send original data to recycle bin (default), quick non recoverable deletion, or secure deletion.
Open output path when task completes open the destination with system's default file explorer.
Send by mail automate creation of a new mail with output archive attached, if a supported mail client is installed in the system.
TAR before consolidate input in a single TAR archive before actual compression stage; this option is automatically activated when applying a pure compression format, as BZ2, GZ, or XZ, to multiple input files.

Above input layout area, below application's main menu, it is featured the archiving tab bar.
Advanced tab provides format-specific features - compression passes, dictionary sizes, alternative algorithms, solid compression, etc.
Console and Schedule tabs can fine tune task definition beyond GUI capabilities, and save / schedule the task in the form of command line script.


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