See also: Compression

A File Format for compression, a standard the world over, created by PKWare (, who continues to create compression products.

Other compatible ZIP software:

  • WinZIP ( – possibly the most popular, this famous front-end for ZIP files adds a variety of features to ZIP files. (commercial nagware)
  • CoffeeCup’s Zip Wizard ( – one free alternative.
  • UltimateZIP ( Free fully-featured ZIP tool with a list of features. adware-supported.
Although the standard, other algorithms besides ZIP exist, however. Some provide better compression, such as RAR and 7ZIP while others are faster/open-source such as BZIP2, and GZIP (the open-source ZIP compression algorithm).


A list of other free compression software:

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