What is the best free zipping and unzipping application

What is the best free zipping and unzipping application, I would like extensions .zip .rar


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I have always used, and am familiar with Winrar. But 7zip is the most popular, and free I believe.


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As RAK suggested 7Zip is one of the most popular and funnily enough one of the best..
You can download it here: 7-Zip


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Lets not forget the native "ZIP" function in windows, free and you can browse contents without extracting. That said as mentioned by the forum gods, 7Zip and Winrar (trial version will nag but doesnt expire) are the top dogs.

7-Zip is just awesome (from my several years experience of using it):

1. Supports variety of formats, including ZIP, RAR, and SFX archives
2. x32 & x64 OS support
3. Fast speed, uses multiple CPU threads
4. Simple, secure, and powerful

  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version

5. Free 100%

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Thank you, i surely will use it

Thank you, i surely will use it

7-ZIP, though I am using WinRAR

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