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In the past, sending large chunks of files through the internet was a tedious and troublesome task. Longer uploading time, loss of files with a poor internet connection, and lastly chances of data getting corrupted. This worried a great deal to users who wanted to protect their data while compressing it into smaller sizes. Thankfully there are a lot of compression utilities in the market which solve all of the aforementioned issues with one in particular named 7-Zip.
While most of them offer a basic level of protection and compression of files, they aren't stable or reliable as 7-Zip, and for a good reason 7-Zip boasts of, it's high compression ratio along with LZMA compression, it's powerful AES encryption in ZIP and 7-Z formats as well as a powerful command-line version for more technically advanced users who like to tinker more for thorough protection and compression of important files. Read on more to know what else 7-Zip has to offer for users and what makes it very unique and simple compared to another compression software.
Different formats for unpacking
Not only 7-Zip excels at its powerful compression features, but it can also open multiple different file format and access several different supported formats which include CHM, CAB, ISO, DMG, LZH, LZMA, ZIP, NTFS, RAR, MBR, RPM, FAT, HFS, CPIO, WIM, XAR, SquashFS and Z. You can view the files of the aforementioned file types and delve deeper into archives which are normally not accessible for any other archive software.
No obligation to only ZIP and 7-Z file types
Another surprising feature that 7-Zip has to offer to its users, aside from its formidable encryption algorithms for minimizing file size to a greater degree. It can also archive files into different file containers such as TAR, WIM, GZIP, XZ, BZIP2, and more. Meaning that you don't have to spend additional money on other archive software to get the job done.
Unique compression algorithm
While ZIP formats have been around for a long time, it isn't efficient as newer formats. While 7-Zip does support the ZIP file extension, the users can benefit more from the software's own 7z format that makes use of its advanced LZMA and LZMA2 compression algorithms for robust file squashing. The developer of 7-Zip claims that the software is 30 to 70% more efficient than the old ZIP file type. Requiring only a small amount of memory requirement for compressing and extracting files without any issues whatsoever.
Multiple layers of security
Most of us know the importance of one's personal and sensitive data and falling it into the wrong hands can have serious consequences. Be it one's own personal data or the company's, 7-Zip gives you the liberty to compress and control how you prefer to archive your personal files. The container format, compression ratio, and applying layers of security with its unique bank-level 256-bit AES encryption. This ensures the total safety of your data while protecting it from hackers and preventing unauthorized access.
Faster and reliable
We all know compressing a large number of files in itself is a hugely time-consuming process and can be very frustrating, with no choice but to wait. But with 7-Zip's LZMA advanced compression algorithm, it reduces the time and improves the stability of your files all the while maintaining its high compression ratio. Depends upon the CPU and how many cores it possesses. If you have a CPU with 2 GHz or more, 7-Zip can compress files faster with 1 MB per second and decompress with an average speed of 10 to 20 MB per second. In addition to faster compression, it also supports P4 hyperthreading and multithreading at the same time. Making it all the more reason to use 7-Zip over any compression software.
If you're more of a technical or advanced user who is well versed with command parameters and switches. 7-zip also features a command-line version for Linux and Mac versions of the operating system as well as windows. The users can invoke 7 zip by opening a terminal window and entering 7Z (P7Zip) for Linux and 7za for windows. Not only the interface of the 7-Zip The command-line version is very simple and user-friendly, but it is also a highly customizable archive program with a plethora of command parameters. Plus it's also integrated with Windows shell with no bugs and perfectly optimized for Linux and Windows.
Offers different plugins including FAR Manager
Made by an independent developer Igor Pavlov, 7-Zip offers different kinds of plugins with more diverse and casual alternatives available for users. One plugin in particular "FAR plugin for 7-zip" performs transparent archive processing. Using this plugin files can be handled in the same manner as if they were in a folder with multiple supported archives such as RAR, ZIP, TAR, and GZIP. You can update manage and extract files from the archive since it doesn't make use of external programs.
- Integrated with Windows Shell
- Easy to use program
- Compresses and opens almost every archive
- The interface is a little sparse