Win-Rar is available for trial. But what if you want to keep using it after
the trial period expires? You have to pay for it. But there is an alternative in open source world for win-rar. 7-zip provides the same features to win-rar with high compression ration and supporting a large number of formats. 7-zip is a free open source rar archives handler.
And yup. Its free. And open source.
7-zip has been downloaded over a million times at the writing of this article from the sourceforge website. And with almost no effort you can use it as simply as Win-rar.
- High compression ratio in 7z format.
- Supports a large number of formats including 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, WIM, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, Z.
- Strong encryption in 7z and zip formats.
- Integration with windows.
- Available in almost all languages. 79 to be exact. So choose according to your preferences.
- And a powerful file manager.
You can download 7-zip from 7-zip.org website
Its available for Windows 32-bit, 64-bit, windows mobile, command line version, and Linux.
Its source code can be downloaded here.
7-zip has been developed by independent developers for some of the systems like debian, ubuntu, fedora and Mac's. They all can be downloaded from the above link. Select according to your system requirements and preferences.
open source world.