7 Free WinRAR Alternative
1, ExtractNow

ExtractNow is a free and compact application for Windows that offers users the power to decompress a wide variety of archives.


ExtractNow is compatible with all Windows versions including Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 95/98/NT/Me.

ExtractNow is a 1.86MB download available from CNET and the developer’s website.

2, Universal Extractor

Universal Extractor is a free and open source utility which allows to extract files from almost any type of archive, assume that you want to analyse and decompress an install package to see which and what files are inside it, whether it contains a system driver file( *.sys ) which is possibly a kernel level rootkit, Universal Extractor comes in handy.


Universal Extractor supports most major Windows platforms like Windows 7 and Windows XP, etc.

Universal Extractor is a 5.29MB download available from the developer’s website and FileHippo.

3, Zipeg

Zipeg is a free and simple software devoted to opening and decompressing compressed archive files like rar files and zip files, it works on Macintosh OS X as well as Microsoft Windows 7 and XP.

Zipeg makes extracting / decompressing / expanding / unzipping compressed files a fairly simple, one-click affair.


Zipeg supports Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, Mac OS X( Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard ).

Zipeg for Windows is a 1.3MB download available from CNET, Google and the developer’s website.

Zipeg for Mac is a 2.4MB download available from CNET, Google and the developer’s website.

4, TUGZip

TUGZip is a free file archiving software for Windows which has a simple and elegant interface, it’s easy to operate and supports most kinds of file compression formats, you could use it to replace WinRar or WinZip.

We’ve covered lots of free file compression software before: 7-zip, IZArc, PeaZip, ZipGenius, TUGZip is another excellent one.

Feature List

TUGZip supports Windows 7, Windows XP / 2000 / NT / 9X.

Download it from CNET. Product Homepage:http://www.tugzip.com/.

5, ZipGenius

ZipGenius is a free and powerful compression software which has a pretty interface, it’s easy to use yet highly customizable, you can use it to compress files, extract archives, encrypt files. It supports most mainstream compression formats: zip, rar, 7z, ace,arc, arj, bz2, cat, czip, gz, jar, war, ear, lzh, lha, mim, b64, pak, sqx, tar, taz, tgz, uue, xxe, yz1, z, zoo.

Feature List

Download ZipGenius from CNET.

6, PeaZip

PeaZip is a simple to use file and archive manager which supports creating and extracting most popular compression file formats including ZIP, TAR, 7Z, etc. It has a user friendly interface and is dead easy to operate, you can finish compressing/decompressing task with a few clicks. PeaZip is free for anyone and supports Windows XP/Windows 7/Linux, this makes it an alternative to WinZip / WinRAR.

PeaZip is as good as those ones with price tags attached, once installed, it’s integrated with Windows Explorer, you could open archive file or add files/folders to archive via the right button context menu, the user interface is straightforward and self-explanatory, it’s a piece of cake to operate it for both novice users and experienced users, I feel like such a fool for not using it before.


Peazip works on Microsoft Windows 7 / Windows XP / 98/Me/2000/2003/Vista/Server 2008/NT ( supports both 32bit and 64bit system ) and Linux.

Download peazip from CNET.

7, 7-zip

7-zip is a file archiver that supports a wide range of file formats, including ZIP, CAB, ISO and RAR, it’s an open source free software, and does everything that you expect, if you are hunting for a freeware alternative to WinZip or WinRAR, just check out 7-zip!

7-zip can decompress ZIP files or RAR files for you, moreover, it could compress files or folders to the following formats: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR, and it provides a very high compression ratio, with the Ultra compression level, a text file can be packed into only 5 to 10 percent of the original size, you won’t believe it!

Here are some highlights of 7-Zip:

Download 7-zip here: http://www.7-zip.org/download.html