PeaZip Review

Extract dozens of popular compressed formats for free

PeaZip is a free file extractor program for Windows and Linux that supports a massive 180+ archive formats.

PeaZip can schedule archives, create self-extracting archives, and can even be used as a portable program without installation.

PeaZip free file extractor in Windows 10
What We Like
  • Extracts from a huge variety of archive formats.

  • A portable version is available.

  • Option to create self-extracting archives.

  • Integrates with Task Scheduler for scheduled archive creation.

  • Supports two-step verification on new archives for greater security.

What We Don't Like
  • Setup can be confusing with all the advanced options.

PeaZip Formats

Below is the full list of files PeaZip can open, followed by all the formats that it can compress files to (i.e., archive files that it can make).

Extract From

00, 001, 7Z, ACE, AIR, APK, APM, APPV, APPX, ARC, ARJ, BALZ, BSZ, BZ, BZ2, BZIP, BZIP2, CAB, CB7, CBA, CBR, CBT, CBZ, CDDX, CHI, CHM, CHQ, CHW, CPIO, CRX, CSPKG, DEB, DLL, DMG, DOC, DOCX, DOT, DOTX, DWFX, EAR, EPUB, EXE, FAMILYX, FAT, FDIX, FLA, FLV, GNM, GZ, GZIP, HFS, HXI, HXQ, HXW, IMA, IMAGE, IMF, IMG, IPA, IPSW, ISO, JAR, JTX, KMZ, LHA, LIT, LPAQ1, LPAQ5, LPAQ8, LZH, LZMA, LZMA86, MAFF, MBR, MDF, MPP, MSI, MSLZ, MSP, MSU, NTFS, NUPKG, ODB, ODF, ODG, ODM, ODP, ODS, ODT, OTG, OTH, OTP, OTS, OTT, OXPS, OXT, PAK, PAQ8F, PAQ8JD, PAQ8L, PAQ8O, PART1, PCV, PEA, PET, PK3, PK4, POT, PPS, PPT, PPTX, PUP, QUAD, R00, R01, RAR, RMSKIN, RPM, STAR, SEMBLIO, SFS, SLP, SMPK, SMZIP, SPLIT, SQUASHFS, STC, STD, STI, STW, SWF, SWM, SXC, SXD, SXG, SXI, SXM, SXW, SYS, TAR, TAZ, TB2, TBZ, TBZ2, TBZIP, TBZIP2, TGZ, TPZ, TXZ, TZ, U3P, UDF, VHD, VSIX, WAL, WAR, WIM, WMZ, WRC, WSZ, XAR, XLS, XLSX, XLT, XLTX, XPI, XPS, XZ, Z, Z01, ZIP, ZIPX and ZPAQ

Compress To

001, 7Z, ARC, BCM, BZ, BZ2, EXE, GZ, PEA, TAR, WIM, XZ, ZIP, ZST, and ZPAQ

PeaZip can guess how an archive file is to be opened, so it's possible there are other file formats not listed above that it can open. This is in vast difference to some of the other file unpacking software that can only support a few of the popular formats.

PeaZip Security Options

PeaZip can create password-protected archives with 256-bit AES encryption for several of the output formats, including 7Z, ZIP, ARC, and PEA.

When creating a new archive, a keyfile can be used alongside a password to create a two-step verification. This requires both the password and the keyfile to enable an archive to be opened, which greatly increases security.

PeaZip password protection screen

Other PeaZip Features

Here are some more notable features you'll get with PeaZip:

  • A random password generator picks a strong password for you.
  • Update the files in an existing archive.
  • Convert an archive format into a different one.
  • Use PeaZip from the right-click context menu to do things like convert, email, extract, and test archives.
  • Tabbed browsing helps keep things organized.
  • Supports several cryptographic hash functions, like MD5, SHA256, and Whirlpool512.
  • Quickly run web searches based on the name of any file on your computer.
  • Create an archive that's split up into different sizes so that they fit nicely on everything from a floppy disk to a Blu-ray.
  • If you're sending an archive over email, PeaZip lets you do so from inside the program by automatically adding the compressed file to a new email as an attachment.
  • PeaZip can securely erase files using the Random Data sanitization method.
  • The scheduling function in PeaZip makes it extremely easy to schedule file archives via Windows Task Scheduler any day of the week. You can back up files to another attached drive, for example, and have PeaZip compress it on the fly to save disk space.

Final Thoughts on PeaZip

PeaZip is one of the best file unzipper programs out there. It's packed with a large number of features and supports a tremendous list of file formats that it can decompress.

The sheer number of supported unpacking formats alone should already have you installing PeaZip, but the extra features and settings it brings along really do show just how great of a program it is.