PeaZip: a new type of file compression software

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PeaZip is a file archiving program which supports many common compressed file types like ZIP and TAR, as well as 23 others. It even has it's own proprietary compression format called PEA. The program will run on Windows or Linux, but Windows users may not find it quite as intuitive as other archiving programs because it doesn't offer features like drag and drop. The program doesn't need to be installed, and can even run remotely, but the Windows version offers an install/uninstall option for familiarity.

PeaZip is an open source project, and as such, makes a special effort to support open source compression formats. If you've run across an obscure archived file and aren't sure how to expand it, you may want to give PeaZip a try.

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One Response to “PeaZip: a new type of file compression software”

  1. jess says:

    I am using PeaZip on Windows. While not mentioned above, the installer version of PeaZip also has shell integration (right-click on a file to zip).

    This program is really easy to use and has nice icons! I thought the lack of drag-and-drop would suck, but because of PeaZip’s well organized UI I haven’t missed it at all. However, this program is being actively developed so I’m sure this feature will appear soon.

    I like this a whole better than WinRAR (mostly because of the pretty icons) and it’s free.