Programs to Unzip Files

The best programs to unzip files.


When you are talking about programs to unzip files, it is impossible not to speak of WinZip. It is one of the most famous commercial software for the management of compressed files through which ZIP files of all kinds can be created and archives can be decompressed in Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Zip, BZ2 and LHA / LZH. It has a very easy to use interface and supports direct data sharing via email or on social networks. The software is paid but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all its functions for a period of 30 days. It is compatible not only with Windows but also with Mac OS X. Download from here.


ZipGenius Is a great one program to unzip files made in Italy which makes extreme ease of use one of its main strengths. Compatible with all major versions of Windows, ZipGenius supports over 20 different compressed archive formats and integrates numerous advanced features that can be useful for more experienced users. It is available in two different versions, both free: the Standard one and the Suite one. In the latter there are accessories and additional functions, such as an FTP client, additional skins for the user interface and a tool for splitting files into several parts. Download from here.


Considered by many to be the best free alternative to WinZip and WinRAR, the compact and lightweight 7-Zip is a complete compressed archive management software that allows you to compress and decompress files using a wide range of different file formats. It allows you to open all the main types of compressed archives and to create new ones in ZIP or 7-Zip format. It is completely in Italian and despite having an essential user interface it is very easy to use even for less experienced users. It supports drag-and-drop and integrates into the context menu of the Windows Explorer. Download from here.


Another program that needs no introduction. WinRAR it is one of the most famous and used software for the management of compressed archives, practically the only one to guarantee write support for the creation of RAR files. It supports all major compressed archive formats, ISO image files and integrates seamlessly into the Windows shell. The software is paid but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all the functions for a limited period of time. At the end of the test period, the program continues to work but displays advertising banners and does not allow you to take advantage of certain advanced functions, such as creating password-protected archives. Download from here.

The Extractor

The Extractor it's not a classic program to unzip files, like WinZip or 7-Zip can be. It is a software for extracting files in batch mode, ie for the decompression of data from multiple archives at the same time. It supports ZIP and RAR file formats (including password protected archives) and, once installed on the PC, if associated with these extensions, it allows you to extract the contents of compressed archives with a simple double click on them (as happens on Mac systems, just to be clear). Download from here.


HaoZip Is a great one free compressed archive management software which is a serious alternative to 7-Zip and ZipGenius due to its extreme ease of use and the wide range of supported file formats (over 50, including the very popular ZIP, RAR and 7Z). It has a very accurate user interface (customizable via skin) and even if it has not yet been translated into Italian it is also ideal for less experienced users. According to official statistics, it offers 40% higher compression and decompression speed than other solutions for managing compressed archives. Download from here.