The main features of 7-Zip
High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z.
For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
Self-extracting capability for 7z format
Integration with Windows Shell
Powerful File Manager
Powerful command line version
Plugin for FAR Manager
Localizations for 87 languages
7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.
7z has an open architecture, so it can support any new compression method, too. The following methods currently are integrated into 7z:
LZMA – Improved and optimized version of LZ77 algorithm
PPMD – Dmitry Shkarin’s PPMdH with small changes
BCJ – Converter for 32-bit x86 executables
BCJ2 – Converter for 32-bit x86 executables
BZip2 – Standard BWT algorithm
Deflate – Standard LZ77-based algorithm
LZMA is the default and general compression method of 7z format. The main features of LZMA are:
High compression ratio
Variable dictionary size (up to 4 GB)
Compression speed: about 1 MB/s on 2 GHz CPU
Decompression speed: about 10-20 MB/s on 2 GHz CPU
Small memory requirement for decompression (depend from dictionary size)
Small code size for decompression: about 5 KB
Supports multi-threading and P4’s hyper-threading
Whats New :
– Installer and SFX modules now use some protection against DLL preloading attack.
– Some bugs were fixed in 7z, NSIS, SquashFS and RAR5 code.