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7-Zip is a free file archiver. It is open source software which enables a user to compress files in ZIP, BIZP2, 7Z, XZ, and GZIP formats and also to create WIM and TAR archives. Additionally, it unpacks formats like CHM, ARJ, DEB, CAB, ISO, CPIO, VHD, CHM, MSI, DMG, UDF, CramFS, XAR, LZMA, Z, MBR, FAT, LZH, NSIS, SquashFS, NTFS, RPM, EXT, ARJ, AR, QCOW2, UEFI, VMDK, IHEX, VDI, GPT, and RAR.

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Using 7-Zip, a user can create self-extracting files that do not need any additional software to be opened. Furthermore, it integrates with the Windows’ system shell hence it is quite easily available via the Windows Explorer. There is also an option to secure ZIP and 7z files with strong AES-256 encryption.

Other powerful features include a file manager and a plugin for the FAR manager. 7-Zip supports Windows computers. There is also a command line version to Linux computers.