[Ask The Readers] WinRAR vs. WinZip vs. 7-Zip: What’s Your Favorite File Archiver?


For most, if not completely PC users, personal files archiver is one of the first apps to become installed during initial setup. There’s a very good reason for it, since archived files are highly common and a lot of the content we download will come in form of archives. Besides reducing overall file size, archiving is fantastic for combining multiple files in a single file then using that for easier, faster and much more secure sharing and backup. We’ve covered a fair amount of Windows file archivers here at AddictiveTips; now it's time to choose our as well as your favorite one.


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Based alone understanding in the file archiving  apps scene for desktop, you'll find three big names: WinRAR, WinZip, and 7-Zip. The former two are shareware, while the latter is provided for free and open-source.

WinZip was the king back when I started my journey with personal computers, since most of us didn’t are conscious of any other alternative. Then, because of being pushed by power users for better compression, WinRAR started gaining traction.

For years and then, WinRAR have been dominating the file archiving software market. It is famous for its never-ending trial period; users of web sites like Reddit, 9GAG and 4chan will know that you can find plenty of memes that poke fun as of this behavior.

WinZip remains popular, but has had a position second to WinRAR. It was only dethroned, within my personal opinion, as a consequence of just how bloated it became over time. The latest version of WinZip for Windows is sold with social media integration, image resizing, and support for directly uploading archives to various cloud services. WinRAR is centered on file compression and decompression, and that’s why more and more people prefer it. Also, WinRAR supports zip archives along with RAR ones, while WinZip doesn’t support RAR.

However, power users are aware with the third option, and several casual users will also be learning about it. 7-Zip costs nothing, open-source, minimal, remarkably fast, and works on all major desktop os's. It supports almost every archive format you are able to throw advertising online, from commonplace ones like ZIP, RAR, TAR, to unusual ones by most including Z and SMZIP. In addition, its own 7z format has become praised by users and critics alike for its higher level of compression compared to other available options. Despite being sparse inside the user interface department, 7-Zip provides the job done.

There are lots of other file archiving desktop apps on the market as well. I’m currently using PeaZip, but I may go back to 7-Zip since PeaZip feels a good deal slower when compared, even though it is easier about the eyes. We also positively reviewed KuaiZip last year, praising it because of its improved compression rates. Then there’s IZArc at the same time that’s known for its impressive format support and price tag of free.

Now, you tell us: what is your favorite archiver for Windows, and how come you think everyone should utilize it?

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