[ Test ] 7zip vs WinRAR vs ZIP – 4 Best File Compression Comparison

Updated: June 9, 2019 / Home » Freeware and Software Reviews

There are many other compression software such as StuffIt, Ace, Hamster Zip and etc, they are not included in the list due to the low popularity and most important of all, they uses the same .zip technology. So, which is the best file compression software in the market? Let’s find out with the simple test done by us below.

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Data and File Compression Comparison .zip vs .rar vs .7z

Below is a list of file comparison software and the compression efficiency, to get the most accurate results, we’ve decided to compress not only many files, but various type of files. 7-Zip and their .7z format is the best for overall performance and the best part is, it is Open Source, in term of percentage, 7-zip is two times more efficient. 7zip vs winrar? Which is the best, here are out test.

Comparison of 4 File Archiving Compression Software

Below is a test done by us. As shown in the test below, 7-Zip is the best file archiving software with the highest compression ratio, due to the 7z format, compatibility will be an issue for those without the 7z software installed. Since Microsoft included the support for Zip format in Windows 10, there is no reason to purchase WinZip, 7-Zip offers everything for free.

 

WinZip

WinRAR

7-Zip

Microsoft Zip

.zip.rar.7z.zip
Documents 5.92MB
• 1 Microsoft Doc
• 1 PDF
• 1 TXT
4.79 MB3.38 MB3.22 MB4.79 MB
Applications 76.6MB
• 7 Exe Files
73.8 MB72.5 MB72.8 MB73.8 MB
Images 42.3MB
• 16 Jpeg
33.2 MB33.1 MB20.2 MB33.3 MB
Movies 66.1MB
• 4 FLV
• 3 AVI
58.9 MB55.1 MB54.0 MB59.0 MB
Photoshop 3.64MB
• 3 PSD
2.19 MB1.56 MB1.37 MB2.19 MB
Total Original Size:
194.56 MB
172.88 MB
(11.14% smaller)
165.64 MB
(14.86% smaller)
151.59 MB
(22.08% smaller)
173.08 MB
(11.04% smaller)
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↓ 01 – 7-Zip [ The Best ] | AES-256 Encryption Password

7-Zip

7-Zip is free software with open source. The most of the code is under the GNU LGPL license. Some parts of the code are under the BSD 3-clause License. You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don’t need to register or pay for 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

↓ 02 – WinRAR | AES-256 Encryption Password

WinRAR

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. It can create and view archives in RAR or ZIP file formats, and unpack numerous archive file formats. To enable the user to test the integrity of archives, WinRAR embeds CRC32 or BLAKE2 checksums for each file in each archive. WinRAR supports creating encrypted, multi-part and self-extracting archives.

  • Creation of packed RAR or ZIP archives.
  • Unpacking of ARJ, BZIP2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LHA, RAR, TAR, UUE, XZ, Z, ZIP, ZIPX, 7z, 001 (split) archives, as well as EXE files containing these archive formats[9][10]
  • Checksum (integrity) verification for ARJ, BZIP2, CAB, GZ, BZIP2, RAR, XZ, ZIP and 7z archives
  • Multithreaded CPU compression and decompression
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↓ 03 – WinZIP | AES 128-256 Encryption Password

WinZIP

WinZip is trusted by millions of businesses and consumers to boost productivity, simplify file sharing and keep information private. The world’s number one compression and encryption software, WinZip offers apps for all of today’s most popular platforms and devices, giving users a better way to exchange files in the cloud, email and social media. WinZip’s product line also includes powerful utilities to improve system performance and help keep PCs secure. WinZip is part of the Corel family of companies.

  • Unzip all major file formats
  • Extract Multiple Zip Files
  • File Splitter
  • Zip files to reduce email attachment size
  • Protect files with banking-level encryption
  • Access and manage files on your PC, network and clouds
  • Connect to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more…

2 Comments

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    Raaj Kumar [ Reply ]

    may i know what does in image files (.iso) format whether is compress the data or not?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      An ISO file, often called an ISO image, is a single file that’s a perfect representation of an entire CD, DVD, or BD. The entire contents of a disc can be precisely duplicated in a single ISO file. ISO images are often used to distribute large programs over the internet due to the fact that all of the program’s files can be neatly contained as a single file.

      If you are just aiming to compress it for moving, then 7-Zip or another decent file compressor is what you’re aiming for, just don’t expect them to do too much as often the contents of ISOs are already compressed (plus it can take a REALLY long time to try and compress huge ISOs for little to no gain)

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