7-Zip is a open source file archiver with a high compression ratio. The program supports 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, WIM, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, Z. Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. Check license information here: 7-Zip license.
You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don’t need to register or pay for 7-Zip.
The main features of 7-Zip are:
High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
Compression ratio for ZIP and GZIP formats: 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
Powerful command line version
Plugin for FAR Manager
Localizations for 74 languages
7-Zip 18.06 changelog:
The speed for LZMA/LZMA2 compressing was increased by 3-10%,
and there are minor changes in compression ratio.
Some bugs were fixed.
The bug in 7-Zip 18.02-18.05 was fixed: there was memory leak in xz decoder.
7-Zip 18.02-18.05 used only one CPU thread for bz2 archive creation.
– Some bugs were fixed.