Best Free and Open Source Compression Tools

Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Corel WinZip

Corel Corporation is a Canadian software company specializing in graphics processing. They are best known for developing CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor. They are also notable for purchasing and developing AfterShot Pro, PaintShop Pro, Painter, Video Studio, MindManager, and WordPerfect.

Corel has dabbled with Linux over the years. For example they produced Corel Linux, a Debian-based distribution which bundled Corel WordPerfect Office for Linux. While Corel effectively abandoned its Linux business in 2001 they are not completely Linux-phobic. For example, AfterShot Pro has an up to date Linux version albeit its proprietary software.

This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products offered by Corel.

Corel WinZipWinZip is a file archiver and compressor. The software also bundles an image manager, and backup functionality. It’s available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android, but there’s no version available for Linux. And it’s proprietary software (trialware).

What are the best free and open source alternatives?


1. PeaZip

PeaZip is based on opensource technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, Brotli, FreeArc, PAQ, Zstandard file compression tools, and on secure file compression and encryption PEA project.

PeaZip provides fast, high compression ratio multi-format archiving to 7Z, ARC, Brotli, BZ2, GZ, PEA, TAR, WIM, Zstandard and ZIP archives (write supported formats), and works as opener / extractor tool for 200+ archive types including ACE, ISO, RAR, ZIPX files, including ability to manage encrypted archives for supported formats.

This software deploys a powerful and complete file manager for editing, viewing, browsing and searching archive files, featuring a wide set of data security functions: strong encryption (AES, Twofish, Serpent), encrypted password manager, optional two-factor authentication (encryption / decryption with password and keyfile), secure delete, and file hashing tools.

PeaZip
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2. GNOME Archive Manager

GNOME Archive Manager (previously called File Roller) is an archive manager for the GNOME desktop environment. The software has been in development for more than 20 years. It lets you create and modify archives, view the contents of an archive, view a file contained in the archive, and extract files from the archive.

GNOME Archive Manager
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3. DAR

Disk ARchive (DAR) is a full featured archiver with support for differential backups, slices, compression, ATTR/ACL support. DAR also supports pipes for remote operations, including with ssh. It can remove files during restoration.

This application can store a backup in several files (called “slices” in the following) of a given size, eventually pausing or running a user command/script before starting the next slice.

There are graphical user interfaces available for DAR including KDar, Gdar and DarGUI, although KDar is unmaintained.


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Alternatives to Corel's Products
Corel WordPerfect OfficeWordPerfect Office is an all-in-one office suite and word processing software. Document, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Corel PainterPainter is a raster-based digital art software which is used for canvas painting and offers photo-art tools. Sketch, paint, and illustrate.
Corel AfterShot ProAfterShot Pro is raw image processing software offering simple photo management, good workflow, and batch processing.
WinZipWinZip is a file archiver and compressor with tools for system integration. The software also bundles an image manager and backup functionality.
Corel DVD CopyDVD Copy is simple-to-use software which allows you to copy DVDs, convert HD video, output to mobile devices, and more.
Corel WinDVD ProWinDVD Pro allows you to play DVDs and Blu-rays. The player can also be used to play videos and audio/music files in other formats.

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