How to Open Zip Files for Free

Are you tired of the advertising windows that appear every time you open an archive with WinRAR or WinZip? Well, you could purchase a license and unlock the full version of one of these programs or, perhaps, you could rely on the utilities included "standard" in Windows or macOS. How do you say? Don't feel like spending money and find the compressed file extraction utilities included in Windows and macOS are too limited? So I don't see any other solutions, you have to download a free application for managing compressed archives: there are many to choose from, you just have to find the one that best suits your needs.

Whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac, I assure you that you will find a program capable of open ZIP files for free and to solve all your problems related to the management of compressed archives. You'll also be able to extract password-protected ZIP files and multi-volume archives (those split into multiple parts) without annoying commercials or interruptions. And it doesn't stop there! Using the programs I am about to recommend, you can also open other compressed file formats (eg. RAR, 7z etc.) and create compressed archives starting from files and folders you have saved on your PC.

In the second part of the post, if you need it, you can even find apps that allow you to open ZIP files on smartphones and tablets, always for free. Now, however, let's not get lost in chat further and let's see immediately what are the best free solutions for managing compressed archives on all major software platforms. Happy reading and have fun!

How to Open ZIP Files for Free on Computer

If you are looking for a solution to open ZIP files for free on your computer, you are satisfied: below is a list of software for Windows and macOS that allow you to open ZIP, RAR and many other types of compressed archives at no cost without showing annoying screenshots promotional.

7-Zip (Windows)

Impossible to talk about free software for opening ZIP files without mentioning 7-Zip, the best free and open source alternative to WinRAR and WinZip. It is compatible with all major compressed archive formats (ZIP, 7z, DMG, RAR etc.), including password protected and multi-volume archives, and also allows you to create new ones in ZIP and 7z format.

To download 7-Zip on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the link of download for free located next to the item 64-bit x64 (or next to the item 32-bit x86, if you are still using a 32-bit operating system). Then open the file 7zxx-x64.exe that you just downloaded on your PC and, in the window that opens, click on the button first Yes and then install e Close to complete the 7-Zip installation process. If you are asked to restart your PC, accept.

Now you can open any file in ZIP format with 7-Zip by right clicking on its icon and selecting the items 7-Zip> Open from the menu that opens. Choose, therefore, whether to open the individual files contained in the archive, by double clicking on them, or whether to extract them in a folder of your choice: to do this you can drag the files with the mouse out of the 7-Zip window or you can click on the button Extract located at the top left and then choose the destination folder of the files using the button [...].

Do you want to have 7-Zip automatically open ZIP files when you double-click their icons? Nothing easier: open 7-Zip File Manager (you can find it in the menu Start Windows), go to the menu Tools> Options located at the top and, in the window that opens, click on the column adjacent to the icon zip until the wording appears 7-Zip. Click Quindi Sul Pulsating Apply to save the changes and that's it.

PeaZip (Windows / Linux)

PeaZip is a great free and open source software for managing compressed archives. It is compatible with Windows and Linux and supports all major archive formats: ZIP, RAR, 7z, TAR, ZIPX etc. It also supports encrypted files, multi-volume archives and the creation of ZIP, ZIPX and 7z archives. It is also available in a portable version that does not require installations to be used.

To download PeaZip on your PC, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button first PeaZip 64 bit Free Download (or on the button PeaZip Free Download if you are still using a 32-bit operating system) and then on the button Download PeaZip. When the download is complete, open the file peazip-xx.WIN64.exe that you have just downloaded to your computer and, in the window that opens, first click on the button Yes and then Next.

Accetta quindi the conditions of use of the program, meeting the segno di spunta accanto alla voce I accept the Agreementclick on your button Next and set the program language to Italian by selecting the option IT – Italian give menu to tendin Application language.

At this point, click on your button Next, choose the file formats you want to automatically open with PeaZip by double clicking on their icons (eg. ZIP, ZIPX e RAR) and complete the program installation process by first clicking on Next and then install e Finish.

Now you just have to double-click on an archive in ZIP format, wait for PeaZip to open and choose what to do. If you want to open one of the files contained in the archive, simply double-click on it. If, on the other hand, you want to extract the contents of the archive into a folder, use the button Extract located at the top left or drag the files of your interest out of the PeaZip window. Easier than that ?!

The Unarchiver (macOS)

If you have a Mac and you need to open ZIP files for free, you can turn to the utility included "standard" in macOS or to The Unarchiver, a free application that allows you to extract all the files contained in the archives with a simple double click. ZIP, RAR, 7z, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, ZH, ARJ and ARC format (including encrypted archives and multi-volume archives). To install it, open the page of the Mac App Store that hosts it and click on the button Get / Install the app which is located at the top left.

When installation is complete, to associate The Unarchiver with the ZIP files and automatically open them with it, start the program by selecting its icon from the Launchpad and, in the window that opens, select the tab Archive formats. Then put the check mark next to the item Zip archive And that's it.

From now on, by double clicking on a ZIP file icon, its contents will be extracted to the current folder (in a sub-folder with the same name as the archive). If you want to change this behavior, open The Unarchiver, select the tab Extraction and choose the default folder in which to extract the ZIP archive files through the drop-down menu Extract archives to.

Keka (macOS)

Keka is an excellent free and open source software for macOS that allows you to extract archives in RAR, 7Z, LZMA, XZ, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, ISO, EXE, CAB and PAX format (including encrypted and multi -volume) and to create files in 7Z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, DMG and ISO format. To download it on your Mac, connect to its official website and click on the button Download Keka which is on the left.

A download complete, apri il dmg package which contains Keka and drag the program icon into the folderApplications of macOS. After that, to turn Keka into the default software for opening ZIP files, do this.

  • Select any file in ZIP;
  • Press the key combination cmd+i on your computer keyboard;
  • In the window that opens, expand the field Open with, select Keka from the drop-down menu that appears at the bottom and first presses the button Edit everything and then Continue per salvare i Cambiomenti.

Mission accomplished! Now opening any file in ZIP format, this will be processed by Keka, which will extract its contents in the current folder. At the first extraction, you may be asked to authorize the start of Keka by pressing the button apri.

BetterZip Quick Look Generator (macOS)

Are you using a Mac and would like to have the opportunity to view the contents of the ZIP files before extracting them? It can be done. All you need is BetterZip Quick Look Generator, a Quick Look plugin that allows you to view a list of files contained in ZIP archives without having to extract them first. It is compatible with all versions of macOS and is extremely easy to use.

To download BetterZip Quick Look Generator on your computer, connect to this web page and click on the item Legacy version 1.5 which is located at the bottom. Once the installation is complete, take the file BetterZipQL.qlgenerator you just downloaded on your Mac and copy it to the folder /Library/QuickLook/ (if you don't know how to get to this folder, right click on the Finder in the Dock bar, select the item Go to the folder from the menu that appears and paste the path /Library/QuickLook/ in the window that opens. At this point, open the terminal macOS and give the command qlmanage -r in order to reset Quick Look and make the changes take effect.

Et voila! From now on, selecting a ZIP file in the Finder (or on the desktop) and pressing the space bar on your Mac keyboard, you will be able to view the contents of the archive without extracting it first. Convenient, right? 

How to Open ZIP Files for Free on Smartphones and Tablets

Do you often receive ZIP files by email and are you looking for a way to open them on the go using your smartphone or tablet? No problem, there are several apps you can rely on (if we exclude the ones present by default on Android and iOS, for example, iCloud Drive, which are quite limited).

X-plore File Manager (Android)

X-plore File Manager is a great free file manager for Android. Among its many functions, it also allows you to open ZIP files and extract their contents to a folder of your choice. It supports password-protected archives, multi-volume archives and also allows access to cloud storage services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

To download X-plore File Manager on your device, search for the application inside the Play Store, select its icon from the search results and press the button Install / Accetto. When the download is complete, start the app, go to the path that contains the ZIP file you want to extract and press the icon of the latter: the contents of the archive will become immediately visible under the latter.

Readdle Documents (iOS)

Documents by Readdle is a free file manager for iOS that allows you to manage and view files of various kinds, including ZIP files (even if password protected). It also supports cloud storage services (eg Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud Drive) and local network devices. To download it to your iPhone or iPad, search for it inApp Store e pigia prima sul pulsating Get present next to its icon in the search results and then on the button Install.

When the installation is complete, start Readdle Documents and go to the path that contains the ZIP archive of your interest. For example, if the ZIP file you intend to extract is located in a local folder on your device, you need to select the tab Documents. If, on the other hand, it is on a network path or online service, go to Services, presses on the option Add account and select the cloud storage service or the FTP, SFTP, SMB or WebDAV server of your interest.

Finally, tap on the del icon ZIP file to extract and open the folder with the same name as the archive that is created in the current folder: inside it you will find all the data that has been extracted from the archive.

Other Apps to Open ZIP Files for Free

If none of the applications I have just listed have fully met your expectations, try taking a look at my post on the best apps to open ZIP files: there you will find a wide range of apps for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile in able to open ZIP files (plus other types of compressed archives) in an extremely easy and fast way.