Programs to Zip

The best programs to create and manage compressed archives, free and paid.

7-zip

It is considered by many to be the best free alternative to WinRAR and WinZip. It is in fact a complete and reliable solution for the creation, management and extraction of archives in various formats.

It allows you to open all major compressed archive formats (7Z, RAR, 7-ZIP, multi-volume archives, etc.) and create archives in ZIP or 7Z format. Despite a careless interface, it is very easy to use and supports drag-and-drop compression / decompression of files. Download from here.

IZArc

It is one of the best free archive management programs that makesimpressive amount of supported file formats one of the main strengths. Here is the complete list of archives it can read: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP and ZOO.

Allows to zippare file of any kind in an easy and fast way, also acting directly from context menu Windows. Just right click on the files to be compressed, select the IZArc item from the Windows context menu and you're done. Download from here.

TUGZip

TUGZip is another great solution for those who are tired of the usual programs to zip and is looking for easy-to-use free software that doesn't make you regret too much the more noble paid solutions.

This program allows you to open all major compressed archive formats and to create archives in the following formats: 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP. It integrates into the Windows context menu and supports encrypted archives. Download from here.

WinRAR

One of the most popular software in the world for managing compressed archives. It allows you to open and extract all major compressed archive formats (including CD / DVD image files and multi-volume archives) and create archives in ZIP and RAR format.

The program is paid but is available in one free trial version lasting 45 days. At the end of the trial, some features of the software are disabled and a message is shown at each opening inviting the purchase of a license. Download from here.

WinZip

Even though it lost its technical and public leadership a few years ago, WinZip remains a point of reference regarding i programs to zip. It has a comfortable and simple to use interface and allows everyone to easily create compressed archives to archive and send files via e-mail.

The program is paid but is available in one free trial version lasting 30 days. During the installation you have to be careful of the numerous ric

hieste relating to the installation of promotional software. Download from here.

ZipGenius

It is an excellent free solution for the management of compressed archives made in Italy. ZipGenius supports 20 different file formats and allows you to create ZIP archives easily starting from any file thanks to an extremely accurate and easy-to-use interface for anyone.

The program is available in two different versions: that Standard which includes all the standard functions for managing and creating archives and that Suite which also includes password management tools, FTP servers and custom skins. Download from here.