Best Free and Open Source Compression Tools

Alternatives to popular CLI tools: compress

This article spotlights alternative tools to compress, a utility that reduces the size of files.

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The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Compression Tools
LZ4Focused on compression and decompression speed
ZstandardFast compression algorithm, providing high compression ratios
brotliGeneric-purpose lossless compression algorithm
lzopFile compressor favoring speed over compression ratio
pigzParallel implementation of gzip
pixzParallel, indexed xz compressor
gzipProvides the standard GNU file compression utilities
bzip2Freely available, patent free, high-quality data compressor
pbzip2Parallel implementation of bzip2
BZip3Spiritual successor to BZip2
LrzipAchieve very high compression ratios and speed when used with large files
lbzip2Multi-threaded implementation of bzip2, suited for serial and parallel processing
XZ UtilsSuccessor to the Lempel-Ziv/Markov-chain Algorithm compression format
plzipMassively parallel lossless data compressor
p7zip-zstdp7zip fork with additional codecs and improvements
7-ZipFile archiver with a high compression ratio
ncompressFast, simple LZW file compressor
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All the CLI tools in this series.

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