This quick tutorial is a basic online user's guide for PeaZip free file
archiver. From PeaZip application, it is possible to access, pressing
F1 key, to a minimal offline
localized tutorial covering basic topics and guide to most common
This tutorial page can be reached, from PeaZip, pressing Shift+F1, and
FAQ section can be accessed pressing Ctrl+F1.
be found in online help file
that can be downloaded for
off-line help, and on Frequently Asked
Questions pages, in form of single topic question/answer articles -
the help file is also featured in the application's installable and
portable packages for offline usage (pressing Alt+F1 to open the PDF
help file within PeaZip application); the online version is always up
date with latest PeaZip release.
Localization you can select the application's
double clicking the appropriate language file - at current level of
development, localization changes the language of
the main application's GUI.
Language file name
is composed by two-letter
language code, i.e. "fr"
for French in fr.txt; if needed for
clarity, it will be also added two-letter
country code i.e. "br"
for Brazil in pt-br.txt. Note that ".txt" extension may be hidden by
the operating system.
From Options > System context menu language you can select the language of Microsoft Windows context menu
entries for PeaZip; double click (and authorize
to make changes, if asked by the operating system) the appropriate
registry file, i.e. "de" for German.
PeaZip file manager and
file archiver utility
both as installable
package and as natively portable application (both for
MS Windows and Linux) so it can be used from removable flash drives, or
remote units, without needing installation.
Application's title shows information on the current archive, the
application's status bar gives
more detailed information on selected and displayed content.
Form Organize menu it is
possible to customize or hide any of the application bars, i.e:
- navigation bar (Ctrl+Shift+2) can be hidden (Ctrl+Shift+1) or display
a simple tree (Ctrl+Shift+3)
- status bar (Ctrl+Alt+1) can be hidden (Ctrl+Alt+0) expanded to
display more information (Ctrl+Alt+2) or to show bookmarks
history (Ctrl+Alt+4), recent archives (Ctrl+Alt+5) or clipboard
allows to set association with custom
programs and scripts to open / scan files inside archives
or in the file system
(i.e. custom file viewers, virus scanners etc).
the top of the app's window,
the toolbar contains file
compression / extraction
Please note, on
the right of
“Extract” button, an arrow shows a menu with functions
to directly extract all the content of the archive to most common
destinations without further interaction with extraction confirmation
- In the upper area are listed most common
operations: extract all to, allowing to select output directory (CTrl+E
or F12), extract all here (Ctrl+Alt+E), extract all to desktop
(Ctrl+Shift+E), extract all to documents (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E), extract to
1..3° bookmarked paths (if defined), and extract to default
extraction path (if defined). Only first, second and third bookmarks
are shown as quick extraction destination to not clutter the menu, but
bookmarks 1..8 are all accessible with keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+1..8.
Ctrl+0 extracts to previous path.
- In the lower area it is possible to set most
extraction options: extract to new folder, naming policy (only for
formats supported through 7z frontend), open output path after the task
completes, set default extraction path.
contains navigation and search controls. It features a bredcrumb (which
shows highlighted in-archive nodes for maximum ease of use), and a
menu (arrow button on the left of address bar): a similar menu for
quick path's selection is available to set output
path in extraction and compression interfaces (see below).
On the left, navigation bar
shows most common filesystem's paths (desktop, documents, downloads
etc) and user defined bookmarks; it can
be switched to a classic directory tree, a list of PeaZip functions by
name, or hidden (Organize >
PeaZip's context menu
archive management features in the top area (compress, decompress,
test, set password...).
In “Open with…”
area it is
possible to force opening the input file as it is an archive, and to
open selected files and folders (in filesystem as well inside archives)
favourite programs, scan with antivirus/antimalware etc; custom
can be set in Options > Settings > Open with...
In "File manager" submenu are featured mass rename, secure file deletion
, copy, move, rename
and create new
folder functions; its "File tools" submenu allows to find duplicate files
and to calculate checksum or hash
The application's context menu features other useful functions, like
objects to PeaZip's bookmarks, explore paths with system's file
manager, open command prompt in the current path etc...
In the status bar, in the bottom area of the application, the padlock
icon allows to set password
browse and extract
free file archiver supports standard Windows drag and drop extraction,
and provides oprimized drag and drop extraction
that can drag from application
writing data to system's temp directory: this allows the software to
operation even if there is not enough free space in system's unit, it
doubles the speed if data is being dropped to a different disk or
partition, and it is intrinsically more secure as no data is written
outside the intended destination.
Drag from app to system can
be used both for extraction form archives and for robust file copy.
PeaZip also accepts drag and drop from system
, to add files to archive (new or existing) or to
add one or more archives to extraction list.
PeaZip's file manager can optionally show supported image
GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP), without caching; the option can be set in
menu. PeaZip's file / archive browser GUI can be deeply customized from
menu, and can shown details, list or large icons.
PeaZip's entries in system's context menu:
entries and file association in Windows are set by setup package, it
can be used any time it is needed without needing to unistall the
Starting from Microsoft Windows 7 the menu items are sorted in a
with icons, since W7 introduces a new registry method to create
cascaded menus which is now recommended over COM methods.
During installation all of the entries in context menu can be skipped
and can be created in SendTo submenu
The SendTo entries are link files created in SendTo system folder
which, assuming C as system's disk, is located in C:\Documents and
Settings\(username)\SendTo (Windows XP) or
it is possible to simply copy the desired SendTo links from one user to
Archive files and
folders & convert existing
rightclick on the file list to show context menu to further edit the
list of files and folders to be archived, and other options.
"Output" area allows to select output path, archiving format,
compression level, and to span files in
- useful in order to keep output size below a
mandatory maximum size, i.e. for e-mail attachments.
icon shows if encryption password
set and allows to set/change/remove it.
In file archiving interface it is featured "Convert
" option, to extract existing archives
file compression stage - i.e. to convert
file to 7Z or ZIP format
This option, used with "Add each
object to a separate archive
" option enabled, performs a mass
conversion of listed archives to the desired format; otherwise, with
the option disabled, archive conversion is meant to consolidate input
data in a single archive, improving data compression efficency because
allows recompression of the original data from its uncompressed form.
specific file compression features are available in "Advanced"
"Console" and "Schedule"
tab can be
used to fine tune the task definition or to save and schedule the task
as a script.
- Full supported (read/write, convert to) archive
sfx (as 7z and arc self extracting archives), bz2, gz, paq/lpaq/zpaq,
pea, quad/balz/bcm, split, tar,
upx, wim, zip
Read more about how to
add files to a new archive
or how to compress each
file into a separate archive
Extract archive files
: rightclick on
the file list to show context menu to further edit the lit of files and
folders to be archived, and other options.
Editable extraction list allows to partially extract
data from the archive, extract all, or to extract from multiple
archives at once.
The padlock icon shows if password is set and allows to
It is possible to set the policy in case of
conflict with existing files: skip (default), overwrite, rename
existing files, rename
extracted files, or to ask interactively (in backend process' console).
While performing a partial extraction of content from an archive, it is
featured a link to switch to full archive extraction, on the top of the
list of objects listed for extraction.
specific extraction features are available in "Advanced" tab, "Console"
tab can be
used to fine tune the task definition or to save and schedule the task
as a script
Lern more about how to
extract (multiple) archives, and how to extract
selected content from archive.
- Read-only (open, browse, extract, list, test)
supported archive formats: 7z,
gz, tar, zip, zipx, arj, cab,
chm, cpio, deb, lzh, lha, rar,
rpm, z, iso, Java (jar, ear,
war), pet, pup, pak, xpi, wim, u3p,
lzma86, lzma, udf, Apple's dmg, hfs, xz, exe, dll, sys, msi, Open
Libre Office (ods, ots, odm,
oth, oxt, odb, odf, odg, otg, odp, otp, odt, ott), Microsoft
Office containers (doc, dot, xls,
xlt, ppt, pps, pot, docx, dotx, xlsx, xltx), Flash (swf, flv), quad,
balz, bcm, zpaq,
paq and lpaq families, ace [trough UNACE Plugin], arc, wrc, 001,
pea, cbz... (and more, 180+ types supported)
Generate and schedule
scripts for archiving and
From Console tab, featured in
file archiving / conversion and extraction UIs, it is possible to
the task defined in the GUI interface into a command line script that
can be edited (independently from the task definition in the GUI
frontend), clicking on the “Click to import…” label.
If the task definition is changed in the GUI the same label can be used
to refresh the task definition.
In extraction interface the “Click to import…” label can be
rightclicked to modify the command line for operating on all, displayed
or selected objects, if partial extraction of content is supported for
the current archive type (7z, arc, rar, tar, zip…).
The task definition script can be edited, launched for testing, or
saved as a text file for future use, i.e. study, scripting, analysis
By default, PeaZip prompts to save script in its “Saved scripts” folder
(unique for each user) that can be opened from Tools in main menu.
featured in archiving / conversion and extraction UIs only on Vista and
newer systems, is meant to help creating, in a single pass, a schedule
to run the script (i.e. backup and restore,
etc) generated from the task defined in the GUI interface.
The schedule is identified by an unique, editable name, which is used
also as file name for the saved scheduled script.
“Manage saved scheduled scripts” opens PeaZip’s Saved scheduled scripts
folder so script files can be edited to modify the task definition
(what does the task do), copied, deleted etc.
“Task Scheduler, manage tasks saved in PeaZip branch” opens system’s
Task Scheduler, PeaZip’s tasks are collected in PeaZip subfolder of
scheduled tasks library (tree on the left of Task Scheduler window).
From system Task Scheduler it is possible to manage PeaZip’s scheduled
tasks, i.e. for fine tuning the schedule (when does the task run), or
deleting obsolete tasks.
Schedule dropdown menu allows to set the schedule on an hourly, daily,
weekly, or monthly base, or once, starting at specified start time.
Optionally, it can be provided different user/password for running the
PeaZip compiled for
GTK2 widgetset, running on Gnome desktop environment (Ubuntu Linux).
PeaZip free file archiver
PeaZip for BSD is a desktop
utility and as long as the needed libraries are installed (GTK2 or Qt,
ia32-libs on 64 bit systems) it can be used on KDE
or other desktop environments.
PeaZip software is developed with Lazarus/Freepascal,
which supports a wider range of systems and widgetsets (including BSD
and Apple Mac OSX
), if you
interested in porting the application check for
the sources on download page.
PeaZip is a desktop neutral program by design, and it is distributed on
app's domain as generic Linux packages not targeted to a
distribution: it is meant to run on as many as possible
distributions/versions, and on multiple desktop environments.
It is recommended you check your distribution's repository to find if
a specific package fitting your needs at best has ben released by
note that ia32-libs are
required to run PeaZip and any 32 bit binary on 64 bit Linux/BSD
PeaZip free file archiver utility can be
context menus of KDE and Gnome; all
resources to manually integrate portable version of the program, or
enhance installable version's integration, can be found in FreeDesktop_integration folder in
PeaZip compiled for
Qt widgetset, running on KDE desktop environment.
PeaZip is a fully modular software due to its frontend/backend
any backend binary can be independently replaced with alternative
versions (i.e. 64 bit versions) as long as the same syntax is supported.
This design allows also to easily export tasks defined in the GUI as
command lines, to be used for future iterations of the same task, or
for learning purpose, or to fine tune the operation beyiond the scope
and limits of the graphical interface.
Instructions refers to a generic Linux system, but can be applied on
same desktop managers under BSD systems. Please note that different
distributions and different flavours of BSD may differ in some default
'Archiving' folder, which is contained in 'nautilus-scripts', to your
user's profile '.gnome2/nautilus-scripts' folder; that folder is
hidden, so you can either find it flagging 'View>Show hidden files'
in Nautilus, or clicking on 'Scripts>Open scripts folder' in Gnome's
Konqueror (KDE 3.x)
service menu (.desktop files): copy .desktop files from
"kde3-konqueror" folder to (kde directory)
/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus. Please note that KDE directory may
vary from distribution to distribution (or can even be customized by
the user at KDE installation); /opt/kde3 is usually a common place for
installing KDE and is used, in example, in Suse and OpenSuse. The (kde
directory) is specified in $KDEDIR in environment variable and can be
overridden by $KDEDIRS.
This integration is automatically performed by the installer.
Dolphin (KDE 4.x)
service menu: copy .desktop files from "kde4-dolphin" to
/usr/share/kde4/services/ServiceMenus/. Please note that some
distribution may use different paths. This integration is automatically
performed by the installer.
If the Qt version
does not start on some systems, as some system's visual styles may
cause recursive repainting error, you can fix the problem starting it
in a console (or script) as: peazip
For help about
PeaZip spin-off utilities PeaExtractor (archive
extraction utility) and PeaUtils
(file management tools),
see online guide and how to sections in respective product pages.