PeaZip is a free archiver and file manager software, a fast and elegant all-purpose free ZIP files utility and free RAR extractor for Windows, Linux, and BSD.
The program freatures a powerful unified GUI that, unlike most of other classic file archivers like i.e. WinZip and WinRar, is natively portable and cross-platform.
PeaZip is based on solid and proven Open Source technology of 7-Zip for handling mainstream archive formats, and other great Open Source tools (FreeARC, PAQ, UPX...) for supporting additional file formats and features, for a total of over 180 file formats supported.
Write (create) 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Read (open, extract) RAR, ACE, ARJ, CAB, DEB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RPM, UDF, ZIPX files and more...
PeaZip is localized in over 30 languages and is capable of handling all most popular archive formats (180+ file types), supporting a wide array of advanced file and archive management features (tabbed browsing, search, bookmarks, thumbnail viewer, hashing, find duplicate files, convert archives, drag and drop extraction...), and it is especially focused on security: strong encryption, two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure data delete.
A distinctive trait of PeaZip is the extremely user-friendly compression/extraction interface, more similar to CD burners GUI rather than to a classic file compressor: this innovative design integrates a full featured file manager component and makes very simple to check/update items set for compression and extraction.
Tasks created in the GUI can be easily saved (and scheduled) as batch scripts, in order to help automate backup/restore operations, or for fine tuning, or for learning purpose, bridging the gap between the ease of use of GUI applications and power and flexibility of console.