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I’ve been a big fan of the open source 7-Zip application, and it has served me well over the last few years. Today, however, I came across a new program called PeaZip that looks like it is just as nice, and the great news is that it works on both Windows and Linux.

As you would expect it supports all of the major file formats that the competition does including:

  • Create & extract: 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ/LPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP
  • Extract only: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DEB, ISO, LHA, RAR, RPM, XPI

When it comes to file extraction utilities it’s hard for each of them to distinguish themselves. They always seem to have the same features, and support all of the same formats. For the most part PeaZip falls within that category, but it does one thing that I really like. During the setup process it asks you which commands you’d like to have added directly to the Context menu, and which ones you’d like placed in the Send To menu:

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The option(s) you choose to put in the Context menu will be available without needing to navigate into a menu, which means you should only place the commands you’ll use the most there. The ones you won’t use as frequently can be put in the Send To menu where it won’t clutter up the Context menu:

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If you like customizing the file extraction options in the Context menu I’d highly recommend checking out PeaZip. There’s also a portable version available for those of you who just want to try it out, but you must use the installable version if you want to add the context menu entries.

Get PeaZip for Windows or Linux