When you need to create more storage space on your computer, you can delete a file or try to make it smaller. That's where file compression apps come in. They're also handy for collecting multiple filesmore
When you need to create more storage space on your computer, you can delete a file or try to make it smaller. That's where file compression apps come in. They're also handy for collecting multiple files into one package, for sending a file to someone else, for password-protecting them, and for better organization. Here are the best file compression apps for Windows.
7-Zip is compatible with almost all major file compression methods, and it's free. Its maker relies on donations to fund development. We recommend the regular version over the beta version, because the latter can have stability issues.
7-Zip's .7z file format may compress more than the .rar format, but the .rar format tends to compress more than a .zip file, and .rar files can be opened by Windows' built-in file compression tool, while a .7z file cannot. This means that WinRAR's provides the best of both worlds when you want to send your archive to someone who may be unwilling or unable to go through the process of finding, downloading, and installing 7-Zip.
WinZip is one of the oldest file compression apps around. Its proprietary .xzip format is worth a look if you are compressing archives over 1 gigabyte in total size, because these will take up slightly less space than the options available to 7-zip users. Prices start at $29.95, and you can optionally pay $7.95 a year to get automatically upgraded to newer versions when they become available.