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PeaZip, free file archiver utility, Open Source WinRar / WinZip alternative software providing unified cross-platform portable GUI for tools as 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX.
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ, PEA, self-extracting archives, TAR, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract 150+ archive types: ACE, CAB, DMG, ISO, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files...
Features includes: extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, split / join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure delete, find duplicate files, calculate hash value, export job definition as script to automate backup / restore.

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Archive management

Add/remove files to existing archives

Convert existing archive files

Create, open extract 7-Zip's 7Z files

Open and extract ACE files

Compress and extract BZip2 files

Open and extract CAB files

Open and extract DMG, ISO, UDF disk images

Compress and extract GZip files

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Open and extract RAR files

Create, open and extract TAR / TGZ / TBZ files

Create, open extract ZIP files

Open and extract ZIPX files

FAQ | Archive management, general topics

FAQ | File management, platform-specific notes

FAQ | Security, tips and tricks, quick answers

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General topics

Change application's language and settings
Save archive layout, save/schedule task definition as scrip, save task log
Saved compression settings
Console and graphic modes
Stop and undo tasks
Manage 7Z, ACE, CAB, *PAQ, RAR, TAR, ZIP files...

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General topics

Change application's language and settings
From Options  > Localization you can select the application's language, PeaZip will display language files in peazip_folder\res\lang\ path.
You can download additional localizations from "PeaZip resources" group on SourceForge, and manually copy them in peazipfolder\res\lang\ path. New translations are made available for users as soon as they are provided, and then will be packaged with future releases of the program for ease of use.
From Options > Settings in main menu you can deeply customize the applications behaviour; see program's online help file for more detailed description of available options, like turning on/off messages, choosing a default archive format, etc...

Hint: the reset button allows to restore default settings; it does not reset bookmarks and custom editors which have separare reset.
Setting files can be reached clicking on the link on the bottom left of the Settings panel, which represents the configuration's path.
Deleting configuration files forces PeaZip to rebuild configuration based on hardcoded defaults; conversely, you can save backup copies of the configuration files to keep desired settings.

PeaZip introduces some concepts to improve the way archiving-related tasks are handled, bridging the gap between GUI and command line based software.
  • Save archive layout: archive layout is a list of object scheduled to be archived or extracted. When creating a new archive or when extracting existing archives, files and folders can be added to the archiving or extraction layout which is visible on the bottom of the first tab of archiving and extraction interfaces. Layout can be saved (and edited as a text file), a saved layout can be added to the current archiving or extraction layout and PeaZip will take care to verify if entries are duplicate and if they accessible. Layouts make easier to define, merge, handle, maintain and edit with external tools the lists of object to be archived or extracted (i.e., for backup or restore purpouse).
  • Save task definition as script: most of the tasks possible to do with PeaZip can be exported as a command line in a text file, using Save task definition buttons in Console tab, both in archiving/conversion and in extraction interface (or extract rar how to button in task's window). From the console tab the task can be modified and tested. Advanced users can use those saved scripts (main menu Tools > Saved task definition scripts points to the default PeaZip's script directory) to speed up building scripts, or for learning purpose about the underlying executables, or for fine-tuning the task bejond the GUI's capabilities.
  • Schedule task definition script: Schedule tab in archive/conversion and extraction interfaces is intended as a quick way to schedule a task (i.e. to automate backup or restore) in system's Task scheduler (Windows Vista and newer systems).
  • Save task log
    Each task launched by PeaZip run in a separate PeaLauncher instance. If a task ends in error, or test and list tasks, the task's window is kept open to let the user inspect and the task log it generated, and the command behind the job.

Saved compression settings

PeaZip remembers last used compression levels and compression algorithm for each format; custom options (where applicable), like passes, dictionary size etc are remembered only for the current session or until the compression format is changed.
All those settings can be reset to default using the reset button on "Options" panel.

Console and graphic modes
PeaZip can also be set to always keep open the job's window to always let the user inspect the job log in Options > Settings > General (1) tab
In the same tab tab it is possible to set how those applications are presented to the users (binarie user interface) chosing between 3 alternative modes:
  • Console mode launch applications with their native console interface, allowing the user to spare resources and to see the native text-based progress indicator for each application, which generally is more reliable and detailed than the graphical one.
  • Graphic mode (default) wraps the job in a graphical presentation making easier to read and save job log and job definition, to change underlying process priority, to pause or stop the job and to open the output path in a click. Optionally at job completion the window can auto close itself or shut down the system. This is the default mode for most job types.
  • Graphic + console mode allows to get the best of the two modes, with a GUI to control the job and a console window to have a real-time log of ongoing activity.
How to stop and undo tasks
You can use "Stop" button in the graphic wrapper to stop the underlying job's process; partial outcome of the task will not be automatically deleted and will remain available for inspection, as well the job log.

Manage .7Z, .ACE, .ARC,  .BZ2, .CAB, .GZ, .PAQ, .RAR, .TAR, .ZIP, .ZIPX files...
PeaZip supports more than 150 file extensions, only most common ones are associated by the installer to the application, but all supported file types can be opened from PeaZip's file browser.
Some file types are minor variations of most common archive formats (i.e. APK, JAR, PAK and many more are basically ZIP archives) and generally can be opened, even when not explicitly supported by PeaZip, modifying the file extension.
Anyway, in those cases, additional standards may be mandatory implemented by the format (i.e. resource's naming conventions, checksums etc), so if you modify a file opened in that way be sure to know the specific file format standard.

PeaZip uses Open Source components from 7-Zip/p7zip, FreeArc, and other state of art Open Source software to offer the same GUI frontend to create, browse, test and extract 7z and ZIP archives under Linux and Windows as well.
PeaZip for Linux/BSD is desktop-neutral so it can be used either under Gnome or KDE desktop environment, or also other desktop managers. System integration mechanisms relies on FreeDesktop standards and requires a compliant environment, such Gnome and KDE, but basic archiving operations are not affected.
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For most archive formats, to extract one or more files you can alternatively:
  • Use context menu entry "Extract here" or "Extract here (to new folder)"
  • Use context menu entry "Extract..." to be asked for output path and other options
  • Open the archive in PeaZip in PeaZip and use "Extract" button (you can chose output path, enter password and other options before confirming with "Ok") to extract selected object, or Extract > Extract all in application's context menu to extract all the archive
  • Open the archive in PeaZip and drag desired objects from the application to the system (the opposite can be used to add objects to the archive)
  • Open the archive in PeaZip and doubleclick on an archived file to preview it
To enter password in PeaZip click in the locker icon in the status bar (in the file/archive browser) or the locker icon below output address field in extraction (decryption) and archiving (encryption) interfaces, or click Tools > Enter password / keyfile in main menu, or press F9.
Using a Keyfile is optional, leave it blank if you don't want to rely on two factor authentication - use of keyfile increases security over password only encryption since also having access to the keyfile will be required to perform the extraction, hampering dictionary and social engineering attacks for password guessing shortcuts.
PeaZip features an encrypted password manager (Tools > Password manager from main menu) to securely manage user's passwords.

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