10 Best Free WinZip Alternatives for Windows


Archiving or compression tools are the software used to compress and decompress files and folders. You can password-protect your data, reduce its size and do much more stuff with archiving tools. WinZip is one of the most popular archiving software available on the internet, but before you spend your money on it, it’s suggested that you try some of the free compression tools that are loaded with features and can give tough competition to WinZip. Don’t worry, we have done the research and come up with the 10 best free WinZip alternatives for Windows.

List of 10 Best Free WinZip Alternatives for Windows

1. WinRAR

winrar archiver

WinRAR is developed by Eugene Roshal and this software is one of the most popular compression tools with more than 500 million users worldwide.This is a paid software , but due to its unmatchable features and the free trial of 40 days that it gives to its users, we have to put it on the top of our list. After the completion of its free trial user gets a buy reminder every time he opens it. WinRAR is based on C++ and it’s compatible with several OS.It is available in over 50 languages and supports almost all types of archiving formats.


  1. Free trial of 40 days

  2. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit

  3. Supports almost all compression formats

  4. Multi-threaded CPU compression and depression

  5. Supports archive encryption

  6. Can create multi-volume archives with auto decompression

  7. Available on Windows, MacOS, Android, Linux, and FreeBSD

2. 7-Zip

7zip archiver

7-Zip is completely free-to-use, open-source software with a high compression ratio. Developed by Igor Pavlov and released in 1999, 7-Zip is one of the most lightweight file archivers available out there. Apart from supporting a wide range of archive formats, it has its own compression format 7z. that helps to lower the compression size. It has a simple UI, supports 87 languages, and is available for different platforms.


  1. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit

  2. Has it’s own 7z format with a high compression ratio

  3. Integrated with Windows Shell

  4. Powerful file manager

  5. Supports 87 language

  6. Self-extracting capability for 7z formats

  7. AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats

  8. Packing and unpacking of various compression formats

  9. Available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and others

3. Zip Free

ashampoo zip free

Zip Free is an outstanding platform by Ashampoo to read, write, extract, and repair archives for free. Like other software of Ashampoo, this one too has an appealing UI. It runs seamlessly on all versions of windows and has a powerful integration with Windows Shell in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You can split the existing zip files into multiple volumes, repair broken zip files, and many more things with Zip Free.


  1. Zip repair tool

  2. Self-extracting archives

  3. Appealing user interface

  4. Available in over 20 language

  5. Supports preview of compressed files

  6. AES encryption with 256-bit strength

  7. Fast compression and decompression

  8. Create and repair various types of archives

  9. Available for windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11)

4. PeaZip

peazip archiver

PeaZip is open source, free archiver, and encryption software that stands out to be another great alternative to WinZip. It offers two-factor authentication and provides a multiple file management feature with the support of over 200 archive formats. PeaZip offers a portable version as well and allows you to install plugins and different themes that are available on its official site.


  1. Open source

  2. Available in portable version too

  3. Create multi-volume archives

  4. Supports Over 200 archive formats

  5. Download desired plugins from the site

  6. Wide range of customizing options with themes

  7. Supports strong encryption with two-factor authentication

  8. Create, convert, compress, and decompress archives

  9. Available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and BSD

5. ZipWare

zipware archiver

ZipWare is a simple and fast software that supports all the major types of archive formats. It is completely free for personal and commercial uses and can handle small and large files easily. It supports Linux archive formats as well like tar, gzip, etc. You can simply drop files and perform all the archiving functions from Windows explorer.


  1. Create password-protected archives

  2. Cover archive to zip, 7z, and exe formats

  3. Integrated context menu

  4. Drag and drop feature

  5. Supports a wide range of archive formats

  6. Create self-extracting multi-volume archives

  7. Calculate MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256 and SHA-512 checksums for any file

  8. Available on Windows

6. PowerArchiver

powerarchiver tool

With over 60 compression compatibility, an encryption suite, an office plugin, and many more features, PowerArchiver stands to be a fine compression tool that can be used for personal and professional purposes. It gives you access to 6 different cloud services without installing them. It’s easy to install and manage with office add-ins, a command line version, and built-in secure FTP.


  1. Supports 60+ compression formats

  2. Virtual ISO drive

  3. Includes data/audio burner

  4. Advanced codec pack (.PA)

  5. Provides backup and cloud service

  6. Encrypt, decrypt, sign, and verify in various formats

  7. Auto-compress and encrypt files in MS Office 2016

  8. Secure FTP client with FIPS 140-2 validation

  9. Available for Windows and macOS

7. BandiZip

bandizip archiver

With convenient features and a clean UI, BandiZip is a fast processing powerful archiver that offers its free edition with ads and an ads-free professional edition with exclusive features like image preview, repair tool, password recovery, etc. You can download it from both its official site and Microsoft Store.


  1. View and edit archives

  2. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions

  3. Windows 11 context menu

  4. File integrity check test

  5. Explorer shell menu integration

  6. Extraction support for over 30 types of formats

  7. Available for Windows and macOS

  8. Fast compression and decompression of archives

8. Zip Archiver

hamstersoft zip archiver

Zip Archiver by Hamstersoft is another powerful and convenient archive completely free to use. One of the best features of this software is its cloud-sharing technology where you can directly share copies of files from an archive to Dropbox and Drive in just 2 clicks. Supports over 50 compression formats.


  1. Provides a high compression ratio

  2. Fast compression and decompression

  3. View and edit files from archives

  4. Create and unpack archives

  5. Easily share files to the cloud

  6. Supports over 50 archive formats

  7. Available for Windows (7, 8, 10, 11)

9. NanaZip

 nanazip archiver

Intended to serve a better user experience, NanaZip is an open-source file archiver based on the source code of 7-Zip and inherited all features from it. It has easy to use and clean UI that helps to browse and manage files easily. It supports of a wide range of archive formats, so unpack archives and create password-protected archives easily. NanaZip can also be downloaded from Microsoft Store.


  1. Based on the source code of 7-Zip

  2. Clean and modern UI

  3. Block loading unexpected libraries

  4. MSIX for modern deployment experience

  5. Supports preview of files without extraction

  6. Multiple volume archives generation

  7. Available on Windows (10 and later)

10. B1 Free Archiver

 b1 farchiver

B1 Free Archiver is a reliable, cross-platform, and simple archiver. It supports any of the popular archive formats and is free from any malware and adware. It has an android version as well that works as both an archiver and file manager. B1 Free Archiver has its own B1 format which is open source, can be encrypted with a password, and has a good speed-to-compression ratio.


  1. Manage, pack, and unpack archives

  2. Simple and fast

  3. Encrypt archives

  4. Free of malware and adware

  5. Supports almost 40 archive formats

  6. Has its own B1 archive format

  7. Available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Android

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Abhishek Mahato

Exploring the realm of the internet is one of the leisure pursuits of Abhishek. He's is fond of gadgets & games, and likes to put his learnings into useful tech articles for you.