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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX...
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract over 150 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files and more...
Features of PeaZip includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export job definition as script.

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What is PeaZip

PeaZip is a free archiver utility, based on solid and proven Open Source technology of 7-Zip and other great Open Source tools (like FreeARC, PAQ, UPX...) for supporting additional file formats and features, in order to provide an all purpose zip utility featuring a powerful unified GUI that, unlike most of other classic file archivers like i.e. WinZip and WinRar, is natively portable and cross-platform, being available for 32 and 64 bit Windows (9x, NT/2K/XP, Vista/7/8, ReactOS, Wine), and Linux and BSD x86 and x86-64 (desktop neutral application, supports Gnome, KDE and other desktop environments).

Full support: 7z, FreeArc's arc/wrc, sfx (7z and arc), bz2, gz, paq/lpaq/zpaq, pea, quad/balz, split, tar, upx, zip

Read (browse, extract, test): 7z, apk, bz, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, gz, gzip, tgz, tpz, tar, zip, zipx, z01, smzip, arj, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, cpio, deb, lzh, lha, rar, r01, 00, rpm, z, taz, tz, iso, jar, ear, war, lha, pet, pup, pak, pk3, pk4, slp, [Content], xpi, wim, u3p, lzma86, lzma, udf, xar, dmg, hfs, part1, split, swm, tpz, kmz, xz, txz, vhd, mslz, apm, mbr, fat, ntfs, exe, dll, sys, msi, msp, ods, ots, odm, oth, oxt, odb, odf, odg, otg, odp, otp, odt, ott, gnm, doc, dot, xls, xlt, ppt, pps, pot, docx, dotx, xlsx, xltx, swf, flv, quad, balz, zpaq, paq8f, paq8jd, paq8l, paq8o, lpaq1, lpaq5, lpaq8, ace, arc, wrc, 001, pea, cbz, cbr, cba, cb7, cbt (and more...)

Repair: FreeArc's arc/wrc

Encrypt:
7Z: 7-Zip AES256 encryption
ZIP: WinZip AES256 AE encryption, and ZipCrypto for legacy compatibility; can decrypt PKZip's AES encryption
ARC: FreeARC AES256, Blowfish, Twofish256 and Serpent256
PEA: AES256 EAX authenticated encryption

PeaZip is localized in 29 languages and is capable of handling all most popular archive formats (150+ file types), supporting a wide array of advanced file and archive management features (search, bookmarks, thumbnail viewer, hashing, find duplicate files, convert archives...), especially focused on security (strong encryption, two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion...).
The distinctive trait of PeaZip is the innovative and easy to use compression/extraction interface, more similar to CD burners interfaces rather than to a classic file compressor. This design makes extremely simple to check (and update) items set for compression and extraction, integrating a full featured file manager component.
Also, tasks created in the GUI can be easily saved as batch scripts, in order to automate backup operations, or for fine tuning, or for learning purpose, bridging the gap between the ease of use of GUI applications and power and flexibility of console.

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License


PeaZip is freeware software and it is released under Open Source license LGPLv3, that means PeaZip is free of charge for any use (personal and professional, business or governament), modification, and distribution.




How to install / uninstall on Windows

PeaZip 64 bit free archiver is meant to run on 64 bit Windows systems only, while PeaZip is meant to run on any 32 or 64 bit Windows version, from 9.x to latest ones.
You can check if you are running a 64 bit Windows system rightclicking on the "Computer" icon on the desktop and reading the system type in "Properties".

To run unattended installation launch the Windows installer with /SILENT parameter; use /VERYSILENT for background installation, without notification to the users.
To re-configure system integration (file associations, context and SendTo menu), you can use Options > System integration.
During install, PeaZip creates entries in SendTo menu that can be simply copied to one user to another as needed, they are located in C:\Documents and Settings\(username)\SendTo (Windows XP) or C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo (Vista/7), assuming C as system's disk.

PeaZip can be uninstalled from Add/Remove Programs in system's Control Panel.
Alternatively you can uninstall it from Start menu PeaZip > Uninstall PeaZip entry, or running unins000.exe in PeaZip's installation path.
When uninstalled, PeaZip restores files association with Windows' Compressed Folders for the supported file types; to restore file associations with a third party file archiver software please refer to its own documentation, usually it can be done running the program's setup package or from the original application itself. To manually restore file associations with Compressed Folders utility run: cmd /c assoc .zip=CompressedFolder replacing .zip with any file extension it is desired to be re-associated.


How to install / uninstall on Linux

On Linux systems, PeaZip installer automatically create menu entries for KDE (on most versions); to add PeaZip to Gnome menu copy the "Archiving" folder placed in PeaZip/Freedesktop_integration/nautilus-scripts to system's Nautilus script's folder (in most versions open "Scripts" menu in system's context menu, and select "Open script's folder").

PeaZip is meant to be desktop neutral as possible, so it is not limited to be used under KDE and Gnome, and does not requires different packages to run on different desktop environments.
On PeaZip's official website are featured generic Linux packages, meant to be compatible with as many distributions and versions as possible, providing the system supports the widgetset (GTK2 * or Qt **) and the installer format, in example DEB ***: Debian, Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Knoppix, ... RPM: Fedora, Mandriva, SUSE, Red Hat, ArkLinux, ... TGZ: Slackware based.

Third party packages explicitly targeted to a specific distribution/version can be found from external links and in official distribution's repositories, those packages are highly recommended for best integration with a specific Linux distribution / version.
If PeaZip is missing in your distribution's repositories please take time to recommend it to distribution's maintainers, pointing them to this website for evaluating possible advantages in featuring PeaZip i.e. the Portable version, or the desktop neutrality, sources that can easily target either GTK2 or Qt widgetset, or its GUI etc...
If a package does not run on a specific system please launch peazip binary on a console to get a more detailed error report.

Please note that ia32-libs are required to run PeaZip, as any other 32 bit binary, on 64 bit systems.
PeaZip binaries are currently compiled for 32 bit, you will need Lazarus/FPC if you want to compile them from sources.
All backend compression/extraction "engines" (pea, p7zip, *paq, freearc etc) are compiled for 32 bit, please refer to respective Authors for source packages (all are released under OSI approved Open Source licenses) if you want to recompile them.

* On some Linux distributions the GTK2 version may require to install some components of gtk/gdk libraries, like libgdk_pixbuf, those components are quite common and can be usually found in repositories of each distribution.

** Qt widgetset packages requires Qt 4.5 or more recent, and needs libQt4Pas.so installed in /usr/local/lib or equivalent directory (copy the file and run ldconfig; it is done automatically in installable packages), such as /usr/lib or /usr/lib32 on some 64 bit distributions.
A copy of libQt4Pas.so is available in PeaZip's directory, ./usr/local/share/PeaZip/ for the installable packages.
If the Qt version does not start on some systems, as some system's visual styles may cause recursive repainting error, you can fix the problem starting it in a console (or script) as: peazip -style=cleanlooks

*** DEB packages reports (all) for architecture check, so can be installed on 32 and 64 bit systems (providing that ia-32 libs are available). For this reason, some package managers may report warnings since packages not marked for a specific architecture are generally not expected to contain binary files.
Alternatively an i386 DEB is provided for GTK2 version, i386 DEB can be installed on 64 bit Linux systems using dpkg -i --force-architecture.

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How to install / uninstall on BSD

PeaZip Portable for BSD contains natively compiled peazip, pea, pealauncher, and p7zip executables, providing most of the program's funtions are performed by native binaries.
For other backends, Linux binaries are used due to binary compatibility provided by BSD systems to Linux executables.
It is a Portable version of PeaZip, that means no installation is required: the Portable application is autocontained, so the software can be unpacked and used starting peazip executable, see next paragraph for more information.
BSD binaries are precompiled for i386 and GTK2; ia-32 libs needs to be installed in ia64 systems.
Alternatively, PeaZip Portable for Linux packages (GTK2 or Qt) can be used on BSD systems.


How to install / uninstall PeaZip Portable

PeaZip Portable is available either for Windows and Linux, it does not require installation / unistallation and does not modify your system so it is recommended if you want to test the application, to run it from a removable device, to make it available over the network avoiding local installations, or if you should not modify host system (i.e. library freeze in production machines).
To use the program simply unzip the package where you like, i.e to a removable device, to bring the application with you, or to a network path, to share the application with other users, or just to the desktop.
To remove the program simply delete PeaZip's directory.


Notes for users

PeaZip free file archiver is available in many different languages, click Options > Localization to modify language of the GUI. If you are willing to contribute a translation please check information Notes for translators below to know how to contribute.

Over networks, this application can be made available to multiple users, either with a shared configuration or with separate configuration for each user, see "Settings" and "Customization and scripting" in the help file (F1), that also contain useful hints for enhancing PeaZip's system integration and use of PeaZip in scripts.
PeaZip is built to be fully modular, you can freely replace backend executables in PeaZip/res directory with updated ones (as long as they support the same syntax) or with 64 bit counterpart if available.
If the host system cannot or should not be modified it is recommended to use PeaZip Portable, that runs without installation and can be simply extracted in any path, even on the network or on removable devices as USB memories.
 
To extract ACE files it is needed a separate plugin (due to UNACE freeware but closed source nature) available in Add-ons page.

You can get older versions of PeaZip on SourceForge.

UTF-8 support
From version 2.2 UTF-8 character encoding is supported, allowing to properly handle extended characters in filenames and to deploy localization of PeaZip's user interface text in any language.
It should be noted however that, at present level of development of Lazarus/FreePascal project, most of the underlying FreePascal file-handling routines are still ANSI-only, meaning the UTF-8 strings PeaZip uses internally still have to be translated to ANSI strings to be passed to some functions.
As PeaZip aims 1) to stay cross-platform and 2) to bridge the gap between GUI and console worlds, allowing to easily export jobs as command lines, UTF-8 support is utterly complicated because each system / desktop environment / widgetset PeaZip is ported to has different levels and ways of supporting UTF-8 encoding for different APIs, for system pipes, for command line interpreters etc.
This issue currently causes:
  • PeaZip cannot browse files/dirs containing characters which are not featured in host system’s character’s set (they will be replaced by ? wildcard) due to the need of ANSI translation for strings passed to some FPC routines;
  • decoding of names of archived objects containing extended characters, form version 3.0.1, is supported for file types handled using 7z/p7zip backend (using backend's -sccUTF-8 option). However in some cases, due to the archive format specifications, or to issues of the software used to create the archive being examined, or due to charset conversion problems between the source system and the target system that is reading the archive, the conversion of character in filenames inside the archive may fail anyway. Optionally extended characters can be set to be always replaced by jolly "?" character to avoid possible issues between archive's and system's character encodings on some special cases.
In any case the ability of operate (test, create, extract etc) on the whole archive (as long as the file name can be passed to the application) is not affected by this issue

Custom drag and drop (Windows)
From version 2.1 it is possible to drag items from application to system (Windows version).
PeaZip uses a custom drag&drop to system feature that doesn’t need to copy files being dragged to system’s temp folder before, resulting in faster operation when big files are involved, and in better security if temp folder has not the same desired security policies of actual output folder.
This custom drag and drop function will not show default Windows drag and drop cursors and it can drag files to the path of (file)Explorer windows with Address field enabled (as it is by default on all Windows versions), or to the desktop; it will prompt a directory selection dialog if the path is not recognized i.e. content is dropped to an application other than (file)Explorer.

PEA archive type limitations
Such a list can be all but complete, however: when I designed PEA archive format I was less experienced and I basically didn't take in account the need to browse the archive or to partially extract objects; just to create and extract it.
Since filenames are, by design, saved along file streams, there is not an easy way to accomplish it without parsing the entire archive (which can be a reasonable solution only for small archives) or without changing format specifications breaking the compatibility with former versions.
A workaround I may implement in future to allow archive browsing could be creating an extra text filecontaining filenames, saved as first archive's object; that will not introduce backward incompatibility since previos PEA version could still correctly handle the new archives (just having the list-file as extra content) and will be quite painless introducing negligible space and speed payload, unless archiving many small files.
This is just an hypothetical evaluation and there still is not a roadmap about it. Anyway this is a PEA format related issue has no impact on users using PeaZip to handle formats other than PEA.

Cryptoanalisys

You can find a stub of cryptoanalisys of PEA archive format on PEA online help (.pdf)

For English and multilangual tutorial, and for contacts, see Support page.

For question&answers about common usage topics, see FAQ page


Notes for translators

Please refer to information in How to provide a translations to localize PeaZip in a new language or maintain an existing translation FAQ page.

Support page links to translated tutorials created from localization files contributed by translators, a big thank is deserved to all the people making this possible contributing the translations!


Notes for developers

PeaZip free archiver utility sources are contained in the peazip-*.src.zip package available on SourceForge's project pages.
PeaZip and PeaZip_portable shares the same sources being PeaZip installable basically the same portable application packaged into an installable format: Inno Setup's .exe for Windows, DEB, RPM and TGZ for Linux.

Compilation, build and porting
PeaZip, Pea and PeaLauncher are written in FreePascal (highly compatible with Delphi and ObjectPascal languages) and require Lazarus IDE to be compiled; Windows setup scripts (.iss files) are developed using Inno Setup.
To compile PeaZip binaries open the .lpi file of the desired binary (i.e. peach.lpi for peazip binary) and select "build all".
FreePascal supports multiple widgetsets (Win32, WinCE, GTK1, GTK2, Qt, Carbon, fpGUI) to allow compilation of GUI applications for the various supported systems and to create different “flavours” of the application for platforms supporting multiple widgetsets (i.e Linux).
PeaZip's sourcecode is cross platform, platform-specific code portions are contained in conditional compilations blocks.
Deploying the application to other targets than MSWINDOWS and LINUX may require adaptation of those platform specific areas (and possibly other fine-tunings); PC-BSD users successfully built PeaZip on *BSD platform.
PeaZip will also need various backend compression and archiving applications to be reachable in expected directories within the application's path, please refer to the structure of any of the precompiled packages, either installable or portable, to see what third parts binaries must be included, and refer to respective Authors for ports of those utilities; also read the help file readme.txt in the source's package for more hints.
Being PeaZip programmed as frontend/backend application, missing or unwanted backend binaries can be omitted, at the cost of losing the ability of handling supported formats; for the same reason, backend binaries can be freely replaced with 64 bit counterparts or with updated versions (which will work fine as long as they follow the same syntax).
PeaZip code should be fairly easy to port on Delphi and other Pascal dialects; the underlying crypto library, developed and maintained by Wolfgang Ehrhardt, is explicitly written to be portable to most or all Pascal dialects, however due to some ASM parts some of its features may be x86 processor specific.
Some units of the crypto library uses ASM sections not fully compatible with 64 bit Lazarus/FPC compiler, but the library provides also pure Pascal replacement for those units in order to allow compilation in those environments.

Packages
Testing
PeaZip free archiver should run on all Windows and Linux systems, the program is currently tested on:
  • Windows 98SE
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • Windows Vista/7/8 32 and 64 bit
  • various x86 and x86-64 Linux distributions with GTK2 or Qt, both for Gnome and KDE
PEA archive support in third parts software
To support Pea file format in your applications you may follow one of those ways:
  • use directly the executable Pea archiving utility (LGPL freeware) passing parameters through command line, as in PeaZip;
  • use Pea sourcecode as library to call Pea-related functions from your code (as in the demo application in "sources" package);
  • create a new implementation following the file format specifications, which are released under public domain and, as for what is known to the author, are free and unencumbered for any use.

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Manage, open and extract Zip archives, unzip files, free Rar extractor (unrar), extract Tar files on Windows (untar), create and convert archives, create compressed, spanned and password protected backup, compress and attach files and folders, encrypt files, split and join files (file spanning), secure file delete.

PeaZip acts as graphic frontend for multiple "engines" performing archiving, compression, encryption and volume split features:
  • Pea (Giorgio Tani, LGPLv3) archiving utility featuring authenticated encryption; both PeaZip and Pea uses Wolfgang Ehrhardt's Pascal/Delphi crypto library
  • 7z (Igor Pavlov, LGPL) and p7zip (Myspace, LGPL, the POSIX port of 7z for Unix systems), supporting most of the mainstream archiving and compression formats
  • ARC (Bulat Ziganshin, GPL) FreeARC archiver, featuring high compression and strong encryption
  • PAQ/LPAQ/ZPAQ (Matt Mahoney and other contributors, GPL) various compression utilities, the current state of art for maximum compression ratio
  • QUAD (Ilia Muraviev, LGPL) and BALZ (Ilia Muraviev, public domain) compression utilities
  • UPX (Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer, László Molnár and John F. Reiser, GPL), compression utility for binaries, and Strip form GNU binutils (GPL)
  • UNACE (Marcel Lemke, ACE Compression Software, royalty-free UNACEV2.DLL license) UNACEV2.DLL 2.6.0.0 and UNACE for Linux (royalty-free UNACE for Linux license) extractor for ACE files.
Open source archiving and compression utilities are included in the program’s package and ready to use; all software included in the package is released under OSI approved licenses. UNACE is available as separate downloadable plugin since, while royalty free, it's not released under an OSI-approved open source license.
Self-extracting archives are supported, built using 7-Zip's sfx modules (with custom icons and compressed with UPX in order to minimize the overhead added to the archive) and alternatively FreeArc's sfx modules. Custom third parts modules distributors are linked in Add-ons page.


Project's goals

  1. PEA - Pack Encrypt Authenticate
    • The initial goal of the application was creating a frontend for Pea archiver utility, implementing PEA archive format, designed ground up by myself to primarily focus on security and integrity: I wanted something performing strong authenticated encryption and perform integrity checks on both input objects and output volume(s). Pea offer those characteristics, and is open source (LGPL) freeware; file format specifications are released under public domain. I did a bit of cryptanalisys of it (see Documentation package); I hope more authoritative people may analyze it further.
    • Most archivers offer strong encryption, but bounded to password-only auhentication: Pea executable offers two factor authentication to increase encryption's security margins against password-related threats, like social engineering, dictionary attacks, bruteforcing, keylogging...
  2. Bring focus on Lazarus/FreePascal
    • I'm developing PeaZip project in FreePascal language, under Lazarus IDE. I like Pascal-related languages and I think Lazarus/FreePascal is one of the best cross-platform IDE available; I like it even more because it is open source and because it's growing day by day in a more mature and powerful IDE. I'll be glad to bring a bit of developer's attention on Lazarus/FreePascal through my project.
  3. Archiving and compression
    • Designing PeaZip UI, I'm aiming to focus on archive-specific tools, operations and needs rather than focusing on offering a faithful emulation of a file browser, like many mainstream archivers does. Saving lists of objects to be archived, saving archiving/extraction job definitions and receiving detailed job log after operations are primary goals of PeaZip UI. However, PeaZip's system integration, if desired, allows the user to perform most common operations (add to archive, extract here, encrypt, split file etc) without even care of the main program UI.
    • 7-Zip: thanking Igor Pavlov and Myspace choice of offering 7z under LGPL I was able to easily add support to many mainstream archive and compression formats to PeaZip, transforming it from a niche project (formerly named Pea-Peach) to a possibly wider targeted software. I hope I can turn back to them part of the benefit supporting .7z archive format, especially on Linux systems, offering a ready to use solution to extract and archive in .7z format among others.
    • ARC: a new, very promising archive format, featuring powerful but efficient compression, strong encryption and recovery records.
    • PAQ/LPAQ/ZPAQ: one of the most promising research project in the field of maximum compression is Matt Mahoney's Paq. Many different implementation and branches exists, as command line binaries and or integrated in archivers with GUI (like WinRK, WinUDA, KGB Archiver etc). PeaZip act as GUI fronted to various *Paq, hoping to contribute to the diffusion of this high compression format and in bringing focus on this interesting research project.
    • QUAD/BALZ: Ilia Muraviev's QUAD and BALZ are very promising ROLZ-based compression software featuring high compression ratio and fast decompression, making them very well suited in scenarios were decompression occurs more often than compression (i.e. package release).
    • Strip/UPX: I often use Strip/UPX on executables I compile (including PeaZip's ones); the GUI frontend for Strip/UPX in PeaZip comes to be very handy for me and I hope it can be an useful plus for many other developers to reduce executables size.
    • Two factor authentication: from version 2.1 PeaZip can use keyfiles for any supported format featuring encryption. The SHA256 hash of the keyfile (no size limit) is encoded in Base64 (RFC 4648) and prepended to the password. So, it is possible to work on archives encrypted in that way using PeaZip or any application following the same convention, or simply entering the Base64-encoded hash as the first part of the password.




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