Open a supported
archive format in PeaZip archive explorer
If the file
extension is associated with the application, it is only needed to double click the file to open it in
PeaZip's archive explorer to inspect its content - i.e. to check if the
data matches to the expected content, or to browse to a specific
archive sub-path to selectively extract specific content.
File association is set by default, from
the Windows installer, for most common archive types (7Z, ACE, RAR,
TAR, ZIP, ZIPX...), but PeaZip provides read support - open,
browse, and extract -
for over 180 archive formats, compressed files, or data containers,
including: 7z, apk, bz2, gz, tar, zip, zipx, arj, cab,
chm, cpio, deb, lzh, lha, rar,
rpm, z, iso, Java (jar, ear,
war), xpi, wim, u3p,
lzma, udf, dmg, swm, Open Office /
Libre Office (ods, ots, odm,
oth, oxt, odb, odf, odg, otg, odp, otp, odt, ott), Microsoft
Office (doc, dot, xls,
xlt, ppt, pps, pot, docx, dotx, xlsx, xltx), Flash (swf, flv), quad,
balz, bcm, zpaq,
paq*, lpaq*, ace, arc, pea and
To open a spanned
(split) archives it is recommended to save all the parts
(i.e. files with .001, .002, etc extensions) in the same directory, and
to open the
first part - the one usually having extension .001, .R01, Z01 - this
allows to read and navigate the split archive content as for
extensions with PeaZip
also manage and explore many not explicitly supported formats, as many
container format being
variations of other archive formats - frequently, package formats have
to or derived from ZIP standard, which is under public domain.
To attempt opening a
file with unknown, non supported, extension, rightclick the file and
"Open as archive" from PeaZip's
group in system context menu.
This action is available for any file type, and will try to open and
list arbitrary unsupported format as it was a supported archive type.
Same function is available in PeaZip application's context menu: when
browsing the filesystem a unknown file type can be selected and
attempted to be
opened and explored as it was a know archive type.
Browse and search
manager can navigate and search archive content the same way it does
for the filesystem: address bar
provides back, forward, up navigation button, breadcrumb provides shortcuts to
explore parent nodes (both in the filesystem and inside the archive)
and jump to
directories in each node, and navigation sidepanel (on the left) shows archive directory tree allowing
quick inspection of archive's content.
on/off flat mode view, showing
all the content of the archive at once.
on magnifying glass icon on the
right of address bar or pressing F3 provides in-archive search popup, to find
files, folders or extensions inside archives - optionally
recursive (search in subfolders) or non-recursive.
Tools > Use advanced filters
(Shift+Ctlr+F9) allows to apply multiple inclusion and exclusion
content to be displayed (also apply to archive/extraction operations).
Typing in address bar
filters displayed results showing only items matching the typed string,
helping to reduce on-screen results.
To further refine
selection of files and folders to work with, "Select..." from search
context menu (clicking magnifying glass icon on the right of address
bar) provides advanced selection
features: by newer or older date, by smaller or larger size, by same
initial, by same extension, etc.
Once the intended content is reached, or found, several actions are
click a file inside the archive to preview it, the file is
transparently extracted to a temporary folder and opened with
- drag&drop items from the archive to the system to
extract them, or red more to use other selective
- add or
remove data from existing archive or update files already in
archive applying specific rules
archive content, and save report to file
archive is opened, or expanded to flat view, or browsed to desired
content, or filtered to show relevant search results (depending on
user's needs) you can save to Unicode text file what is displayed in
PeaZip's archive explorer, rightclick on file browser's column header
and select "Save to TXT" entry - same function is available in
application's context menu Navigation > Save as TXT.
application's tool bar (and context menu, More submenu) it is featured
Test button, performing a thorough test of integrity of archive's
content and find problems preventing correct extraction of the content.
"List" and "List (with details)" are featured in Test button dropdown
creating a list of archive's content, all these functions shows "Save
task log" allowing to export result of the analysis to Unicode text
List with details function shows one line for each known property of
each item in archive's table of content (size, comprtessed size,
date/time, compression and encryption algorithms, etc), while List
create a classic "dir" or "ls" -like list with archive's TOC, one item