- File compression tools are extremely useful to manage large folders and keep your PC lightweight, at the same time.
- You have a lot of options to chose from, some free, some paid; we're guiding you through them, to help you choose.
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Sharing large files is easier than ever nowadays, yet there are situations when users need to compress their files due to file size limitations. Also, compressed files have a lesser impact on users’ system resources, preventing unnecessary strain on their computers.
There are plenty of compression tools available on the market, and choosing the right one for you can turn into an annoying task.
To make this action time-efficient, we’ll list the bestcurrently available for Windows 10, together with their main features, and you can choose the app that meets your needs the best.
Perhaps the most popular compression tool for Windows 10 is WinZip. It currently has more than one billion active users.
This tool is more than a simple compression tool as it also allows users to share, manage, protect, and backup their files.
WinZip unzips all compression major formats, such as Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7z, TAR, GZIP, VHD, XZ and more.
Other features include finding, opening, editing, moving, and sharing the files stored on PCs, networks, or cloud services.
The tool is integrated with Dropbox, G-Suite, or OneDrive.
Manage your important large files with this versatile compression tool for Windows.
NXPowerLite Desktop is a powerful tool that allows you to compress and optimize Excel, PowerPoint, Word, JPEG, and PDF files up to 95% without losing any quality and free up disk space or send them by email.
Optimized and compressed files retain the original format and are fully editable. It’s especially effective for office work and for people who work with lots of multimedia files.
The advanced settings give you the possibility to set the desired balance between the quality and compression ratio.
Additionally, this software integrates with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word as well as email clients and automatically compress attachments when they are sent.
Quickly compress your files and folders with this simple, yet fully-featured tool.
WinRAR is a powerful compression tool, with over 500 million users worldwide standing proof for the tool’s performance.
It compresses files for efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission, and organized data storage. The tool is also available in over 50 languages.
WinRAR supports the following compression formats: RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z, and 7-Zip.
Users can also split archives into separate volumes, making it possible to save them on several disks. Its 256-bit password encryption and its authenticated signature technology ensure secured file transfers.
Compress, encrypt, package, and backup all your large files with this all-in-one efficient tool.
This compression tool is 100% free and delivers a high compression ratio. It packs and unpacks the following file formats: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM, and can unpack more than 30 file formats.
Other features include:
- For ZIP and GZIP formats, it 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
- Localizations for 87 languages.
PeaZip is a free file archiver utility that works with more than 180 archive formats. If you’re tired of ads, you’ll be glad to know that PeaZip doesn’t contain any ads.
This tool also deploys a powerful and complete file manager, and strong security features, such as strong encryption, encrypted password manager, secure delete, and file hashing. The user interface is very friendly, with an intuitive design.
- PowerArchiver is a professional compression utility, able to operate with all the compression formats currently available. Apart from its compression capabilities, this tool can also encrypt files, reduce their size by 90% and back them as well.
Other features include:
- It’s the first tool to offer jump lists, taskbar progress, and taskbar icon overlays.
- UAC elevation support required when it detects the need for an admin account in order to read or write in some folder.
- VSS support for database compression.
- Unlimited size of the archive, unlimited size of files inside the archive and unlimited number of files inside archive.
Ashampoo ZIP FREE compresses and decompresses files fast and easily. It supports creating and extracting ZIP, 7-ZIP, CAB, TAR (TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, TAR.XZ) and LHA formats.
Other features include:
- Well-designed graphical interface, very intuitive and easy to use.
- Powerful AES encryption with 256-bit strength.
- Unlimited size of the archive, unlimited size of files inside the archive and an unlimited number of files inside archive when using ZIP and 7-ZIP formats.
- Integrated Preview that supports many different images, text and other file formats. Preview files without ever extracting them from the archive.
- Repair ZIP Tool – Repair broken ZIP files.
This free compression utility creates archived files in various formats and can open and extract them as well.
Bandizip is lightweight, has a very fast Zip algorithm for compression and extraction with Fast Drag and Drop, High Speed Archiving, and Multi-core compression. However, it handles only the most popular compression formats.
Bandisoft regularly releases updates and bug fixes for this tool, and will probably add more compression formats to its tool in the future. If you want an ad-free compression tool, with a very user-friendly interface, that costs you nothing.
Zipware is a free compression tool that is very simple to use. This tool supports all major archiving formats including the new RAR5 format and is fast and stable to handle both small and large archives.
Zipware offers full drag & drop support with Windows Explorer. The Windows Explorer context menu can scan any files using over 50 anti-virus products via VirusTotal.com, securing your folders. This compression tool also converts the supported archive formats to zip, 7z or ex.
As always, if you’ve already used one of the compression tools listed above, you can tell us more about your experience in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and was updated and revamped in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.