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Classification Utility
Type File Compression
Creator(s) Igor Pavlov
First Release July 18, 1999[1]
Development status Active
License GNU LGPL
Website 7-zip.org

OS Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT
Permanent Storage up to 2 MB

7-Zip is a free, open source program which compresses information in storage to save drive space and data transfer. Not only is this software free to private users, it is also free for commercial purposes.[2] This program is authored by Igor Pavlov; he first released 7-Zip on July 18, 1999.[3]


  • Commandline support[4]
  • Can compress and decompress 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM formats
  • Can decompress (but not compress) AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z formats.
  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting option for 7z format (packages as an "exe")
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 87 languages
  • 7-Zip supports the following Operating Systems Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, and N.T There is also a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.[2]


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