WinRar is one of the most used compression and decompression software, using which we can easily transfer files from one pc to another in small size, but as it is paid tool we may like to look into free Winrar alternatives, so in this article, I have provided list of free Winrar alternatives for Windows or Mac.

1. 7-ZIP (Windows)

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When you think about WinRar or WinZip alternatives, one of the first software which comes in mind is 7-ZIp, it is best alternative of paid tools like WinRar.

7-Zip is free software with open source.

Features:

  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • Powerful File Manager
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Supports all common formats
  • Localizations for 87 languages
  • Integrated with Windows Shell.
  • Better Compression Ratio than WinRar

2. Ashampoo ZIP (Windows)

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Ashampoo ZIP Free come across file archives in different formats, e.g. the wide-spread ZIP format. Compressed files are easy to store and share.

Features:

  • Compresses and decompresses all common formats via a simple mouse click using Windows Explorer integration.
  • Great graphical interface, very intuitive and easy to use.
  • Supports creating and extracting ZIP, 7-ZIP, CAB, TAR (TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, TAR.XZ) and LHA formats.
  • Powerful AES encryption with 256 bit strength.
  • Repair ZIP Tool - Repair broken ZIP files.
  • SFX Wizard - Create powerful SFX - Self Extracting Archives.
  • Only utility that reads all types of encrypted ZIP archives (PKAES, WZAES, etc.)

3. Peazip (Windows and Linux)

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PeaZip is free file archiver utility,Cross-platform, full-featured but user-friendly alternative to WinRar, WinZip and similar general purpose archive manager applications, open and extract 200+ archive formats.

Features:

  • Open Source file compression and encryption software.
  • Fast, high compression ratio multi-format archiving to 7Z, ARC, Brotli, BZ2, GZ, PEA, TAR, WIM, Zstandard and ZIP archives
  • Portable packages, for Linux and Windows, does not need installation
  • Allows to split the archive into multiple files.
  • Can search for duplicate files also.

4.  SimplyRar (Mac)

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SimplyRAR is a tool for the extraction and archival of files on Mac systems. SimplyRAR is a very easy to use archiver that makes archiving and unarchiving files a breeze.

Unfortunately, SimplyRAR may have suppport issue as it is not being developed anymore, but you can install and use it. Previously, it was one of the top software used to compress files when sharing files on Apple device.

Features:

  • Extra organized menus that turn navigation into a breeze
  • Allows right clicking of RAR archives

5. B1 Free Archiver (Windows, Linux and Mac)

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B1 Archiver is a cross-platform application and works on all platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac and Android). It is a simple tool with great functionality.

Features:

  • It's free and available for both personal and commercial use.
  • Available for all OS
  • Supports most popular formats - b1, zip, jar, xpi, rar, 7z, arj, bz2, cab, deb, gzip, tgz, iso, lzh, lha, lzma, rpm, tar, xar, z, dmg and others.
  • Best speed to compression ratio
  • Uses 256 bit AES encryption algorithm.

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