PeaZip Review: Free File Compression Tool

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Review of PeaZip

Great free alternative to other file archiving applications like WinRar, WinZip and Bandizip.

In this review, we’ll be taking a look at PeaZip’s capabilities, exploring its interface, compression /decompression capabilities, extensive format support, and what features it has to offer.

What is PeaZip?

But before we check this all out first let’s talk about what PeaZip is and what it does.

PeaZip is a free-to-use open-source program that supports over 200 archive formats.

Some examples are: 7Z, ARC, Brotli BR, BZip2, GZip, PAQ, PEA, and RAR(+).

Not only that, the program also supports a few different operating systems. But in this review, we will be taking a look at PeaZip on Windows.

PeaZip Interface

Peazip interface

Upon launching PeaZip you are greeted with a nice, simple, good-looking interface.

In the top menu bar, you have many different options such as File, Edit, Browser, Organize, Tools, Options, and Help. And then you have a toolbar with buttons that say Add, Convert, Extract, Test, and Secure Delete.

So overall the interface is not overcomplicated.

You will also notice that PeaZip has added a section within the Windows context menu giving you all the tools you need when it comes to extracting, opening, adding, converting, and encrypting archives.

PeaZip options in the Windows Context Menu.

Using PeaZip To Create a New Archive

So when it came to actually using the program to create an archive like ZIP, 7Z, ARC, Brotli BR, BZip2, GZip, PAQ, or PEA, the program wasn’t too slow. It took a few seconds but obviously, this also depends on your hard drive speed.

The interface for creating the new archive was easy to follow, especially being able to add a password to the archive folder which worked fine. While Peazip is doing it’s thing and creating the archive folder you also have the option to pause if needed.

Create a new archive and encrypted with password protection in PeaZip

PeaZip Compression & Extraction

In regards to Compression, PeaZip managed to easily make the folder size smaller and I just used the first option the program offered me. But I am pretty sure with the number of different settings the program has to offer, you would be able to decrease the size of the archive folder even more!

Comparing two file sizes in Windows after using PeaZip to compress a file

Extraction was again very easy to do and can be done using the Windows context menu, it took only a few seconds for me to extract the folder that I zipped up using the program. I was also prompted with a Window to input the password that I added to the Zip folder.

PeaZip extracting files.

Other Features

It’s hard to talk about everything PeaZip has to offer as there is a lot!

But one thing I do like about the archiving utility is being able to change the theme of the program. So if you want to customize the look you can do just that.

PeaZip Review Verdict

Overall it’s hard to believe that such a small easy-to-use program can be free of charge, and continue releasing new updates while supporting different operating systems.

PeaZip is a powerful and reliable file compression tool with what I thought was a very user-friendly interface, strong format support, and advanced features for both basic and advanced users.

So if you are looking for a decent open-source file archive program for your computer, then PeaZip is definitely worth taking a look at.

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