7-Zip is great software of managing files and considered to be a great application with high ratio of compression to extract the files, create compressed files in various formats. The software is utility software for archival of files and primarily used to compress files. The own archive format of 7-Zip is 7z but at the same time, read all archived formats. The application is mostly utilized with command line interface, shell integration and graphical user interface. 7-zip is an open source application and most of the codes are under LGPL license and has other mixed licenses.
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The software program is highly usable for numerous features such as:
- Strong encryption with AES-256 within the 7z and ZIP formats.
- Integration with multiple operating system.
- Powerful manager of files.
- FAR manager Plug-in available in software.
- Improved ratio of compression for better file management.
- Large number of supported operating systems.
- Capability of self-extraction’.
- Command line version.
- Localized in more than 74 languages.
- Suitable for 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
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The format options compatibility is one of the most important advantage of 7-Zip as it can handle almost all popular formats of compression. The files can be packaged and unpackaged, read and written with variety of formats. The application has advanced feature and capabilities. The straight interface is easy to use for new users and has no problem with access of core features. The advanced users can also utilize the software in even better manner. The ability of extracting the files with 7z files and password protection with encryption methods for compressed files is excellent and can be used for better security of files. Considering the advanced features, it is one of the most used applications in the file compression and management field.
The process of compression takes comparatively more time to complete the process as compared to the other programs. The compressions are conducted with 7-Zip and require large system requirements while the process is conducted in system.
7-Zip comes with the best compression ratio of files and new format 7z comes with compression of LZMA to enhance the performance of application. There are a large number of operating systems for packing and unpacking files such as XAR, CPIO, DMG, CAB, ISO, HFS, LZM, RAR, NSIS, UDF, WIM, Z, MSI, TAR, GZIP, ZIP, BZIP2, RPM DEB, ARJ etc. The compression ratio of 7-Zip is 5-10 % better than ratio provided by similar applications. The capability of self extraction and its integration with Shell windows add up to the features of application. The application has powerful manager with command line version.
7-Zip is free for users and it has various advantages which outweighs the minor drawbacks comes with the application. The alternative programs such as WinZip are compared then; 7-Zip has better features and utilities.
The updated version of 7-Zip can extract file system images such as ext3 and ext4 from Linux. Some minor bugs are also fixed.