Programs to Extract Files

You need to extract compressed archives in ZIP o RAR that you have downloaded from the Internet but do not know which software to use to do it? You would like to extract files ISO, so that you can view the contents, but you don't have the faintest idea which program to use to do this? I would say then that, fortunately for you, you have landed on the right guide, at the right time. If you want, in fact, I can show you the solutions you need.

Do you want'? Yup? Great. So I would suggest not wasting any more time chatting and starting immediately to get busy. Position yourself comfortably, take a few free minutes just for yourself and start concentrating on identifying the ones programs to extract files best suited to your needs, which I have reported to you right below.

In the following lines, in fact, you will find listed and explained those that, in my humble opinion, represent the best solutions of this type, both for Windows and for macOS. You can use it both to extract compressed archives and image files. However, fear not, you won't have to do anything particularly complex. So… what are you waiting for to try them?

Programs to Extract ZIP Files

Looking for gods programs to extract ZIP files and you don't know which solution to turn to? Then try the ones you find reported right below. They are available for both Windows that for MacOS and they are also quite simple to use, I assure you.

Windows Default Archive Manager

If what you are using is a PC with su installed Windows, the first solution I suggest you to consider to extract ZIP files is the archive manager default already included in the operating system, which you can take advantage of without having to install additional programs to extract. It is very simple to use and also allows you to create new compressed files.

To use it, right click on theZIP file icon in relation to which you are interested in going to act, choose the option Extract everything from the context menu that opens and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Extract.

If the ZIP file is protected by password, you will also be asked to type it in order to proceed with the extraction. Subsequently, the files contained in the compressed archive will be extracted to the same location as the latter.

As an alternative to as indicated above, you can extract the ZIP files also by double clicking on them and pressing the button Extract everything located in the toolbar of the window File Explorer that opens.

Please note that, eventually, it is also possible to extract only some of the files in the archive. To do this, double-click the ZIP archive and drag the icons of the files in it from the window that opens to the output location.

MacOS Default Archive Manager

Also on MacOS there is a default compressed archive manager, which can be used to extract ZIP files (and other compressed archive formats) without installing third party programs. The tool in question is called Compression Utility and it is very simple to use.

To use it, just double-click on theZIP archive icon in relation to which you are interested in going to act and the files it contains will be immediately extracted to the current position. Note that if the ZIP file is protected by password, you will be asked to type it in order for the procedure to be successful.

As an alternative to as I have already indicated, you can also extract the ZIP archives by right clicking on them and selecting the item apri dal menu conteuale che compare.

7-Zip (Windows)

When you are talking about programs to extract files, and more precisely of solutions able to intervene on archives compressed in ZIP format, it is practically impossible not to mention the name of 7-Zip. In case you have never heard of it, it is free software, open source in nature and for operating systems only Windows, thanks to which it is possible to decompress all the most popular compressed archive formats (ZIP, 7z, DMG, RAR etc.). It also supports password protected and multi-volume archives and also allows you to create new compressed files.

To download the program to your computer, visit its website and click on the link Download placed at the top of the page, in correspondence with the wording 32-bit x86 (if you are using 32-bit Windows) or 64-bit x64 (if you are using 64-bit Windows).

Once the download process is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes, install e Close.

Once the setup is complete, you can then use the program to extract your ZIP files. To do this, right click on thecompressed file icon in relation to which you are interested, go to act and select the item first from the context menu that is shown to you 7-Zip and then that apri.

In the window that is subsequently shown to you, click on the button Extract, indicate the location on your computer where you want to save the extracted files and click on the button OK. If the ZIP file is found to be protected by password, you will also be asked to type it in order to continue.

In addition to as I have indicated above, you can use 7-Zip to extract a ZIP file by right-clicking on it, selecting the item 7-Zip from the context menu that is shown to you and choosing the option Extract here, to extract the files to the current location, or that Extract the files, to specify a precise location to extract the files to.

If, on the other hand, you need to extract only some of the files in the compressed archive, right-click on the ZIP archive of your interest, select the item 7-Zip from the context menu that opens and then that apri, then drag the files of your interest out of the displayed window and drop them in the position you prefer. Alternatively, you can set 7-Zip as the default program to open compressed archives on your computer and thus have the possibility to operate it with a simple double click on the file to extract.

Keka (macOS)

Stai using MacOS and do not find the default compressed archive manager satisfactory, I suggest you rely on the use of Keka. It is an application for Apple computers only that allows you to extract ZIP files (even those protected by passwords), as well as the most popular compressed archive formats (7Z, ZMA, ZIP etc.), in an incredibly simple and fast way : by means of a simple drag and drop. It's free, but a paid version is available on the Mac App Store (costs € 3,49) that can be purchased to support the work of developers.

To download Keka for free on your Mac, visit the program's website and click on the button Download vx.x.xx. Once the download process is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'Keka icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Afterward, right click on it and select the item apri from the context menu, in order to open the software by going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Now that you see Keka's window on your desktop, drag theZIP file icon you wish to extract, releasing it at the wording Release here to extract. Once the extraction procedure is completed, the contents of the archive will be saved in the same location as the original ZIP file. Note that if the compressed archive you intend to extract is protected by password, you will be asked to enter the latter to continue.

As an alternative to how I just indicated, you can extract a ZIP archive with Keka by right clicking on the file, selecting the item apri with from the contextual menu that appears and choosing the program name. Alternatively, you can set Keka as the default program to open compressed archives on your computer and get the ability to operate it with a simple double click on the file to extract.

Programs to Extract RAR Files

Let's move on to the programs to extract RAR files, another widely used format for compressed archives. To find out which are the most interesting software of this type, both for Windows that for MacOS, continue reading.

7-Zip (Windows)

Stai using Windows, first of all I would like to point out that also to extract compressed archives in RAR format you can use 7-Zip, the software I told you about in the previous lines. The operation for what concerns the extraction of RAR archives is practically the same as what I have already illustrated to you in the step dedicated to archives in ZIP format.

WinRAR (Windows)

It's really hard not to know: WinRAR is the official program to extract files and manage archives compressed in RAR format, but it also supports ZIP files and many other archives, including self-extracting and / or password-protected ones. It is distributed as trialware, so you can download it for free and at every start it shows a warning asking you to purchase a license within 40 days. After this period of time, in reality, the software continues to work, but shows the invitations to purchase in a more insistent way and does not allow you to take advantage of the advanced functions (e.g. secure encryption with AES-256-bit logarithm for archives to create).

To download WinRAR to your computer, visit the program's website and click the button Pick up che trovi in ​​corrispondenza della voce WinRAR per Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 a 64 bit (if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows) or the wording WinRAR per Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 a 32 bit (use Windows 32 bit).

Once the download process is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes, Install, OK e Close, but will conclude the setup.

At the end of the setup, to extract the RAR archive of your interest, right click on the relative one icon and select the item Extract files from the context menu that is shown to you. In the window that later appears on the desktop, specify the output location in the top field, indicate the update and overwrite mode and click on the button OK placed at the bottom. If the archive is protected by password, you will also have to enter the latter in the dedicated field.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to extract the items in the RAR archive directly in the current location, right-click on the file of your interest and select the item Extract here, while if you want to view the contents of the archive without extracting it, you can do so by selecting the option Apri with WinRAR which you will always find in the context menu visible after right clicking on the file. Optionally, you can also extract the archive to a folder with the same name by right clicking on the file and choosing the option Extract files to [archive name] from the menu. Also, to open files with WinRAR on double click, you can set it as the default program on your PC.

Keka (macOS)

Keka, the program to extract compressed archives specific for MacOS that I pointed out in the previous lines regarding files in ZIP format, it can also be used to extract RAR archives. To use it for the purpose in question, all you have to do is follow the instructions I have already given you in the step dedicated to archives in ZIP format, absolutely nothing changes.

Programs to Extract ISO Files

Now I'll point out which ones are the best programs to extract ISO files present on the square, both as regards Windows and MacOS. Find them below. Identify what you think will do the most for you and use it right away.

7-Zip (Windows)

7-Zip, the software to extract ZIP files that I told you about in the step at the beginning of the guide, can also be used to extract files in ISO format. To use it to perform this operation, after installing the program as I have already explained to you, you have to worry about associating the ISO format to 7-Zip, to ensure that the CD and DVD image files automatically open with it

To do this, open 7-Zip File Manager looking for it in Start menu and select, in the window that is shown on the desktop, the menu Means, then click on the entry options, in order to access the panel with the program settings. Then select the format ISO clicking on it and then clicking the buttons Apply e OK per salvare i Cambiomenti.

Then, you can open the ISO file of your interest by simply double clicking on it icon. The contents of the image file will then be visible in a new window on the desktop. That's all!

DIskImageMounter (macOS)

macOS include the utility DiskImageMounter, which allows you to open ISO files and mount them in virtual drives, with a simple double click on their icon (or using the menu Open with). To extract the files, just drag and drop them from the window they are originally in.

Also Keka, the software for MacOS of which I told you at the beginning of the guide, relating to programs to extract ZIP files, can be used to extract files in ISO format. To use it for the purpose in question, you must follow the instructions that I have already given you in the step dedicated to archives in ZIP format, the operations to be performed are always the same. In any case, know that you can

Programs to Mount ISO Files

If what you were looking for weren't some useful software to extract image files, but programs to mount ISO files, by creating virtual drives, the solutions to which you have to appeal are different from those I indicated in the previous lines. The tools to which, in this case, you must refer, in fact, are the ones that I have pointed out to you in my specific tutorial on the subject.