How to Unzip (Open) Zip, Rar, 7z, Tar & Gz Files - 9 Easy & Quick Ways

How to Unzip Files

This tutorial will show you step by step how to unzip (open) RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7Z and other compressed files in few different ways – using free software and online services (websites).

And also how to do this without using additional software in Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10, Linux Mint and Ubuntu.

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Extract and open compressed files using free and paid ($) software:

What are Compressed Files?

Compressed files are files that contain one or more files or folders and have a smaller size than the original file size.

Compressed files make downloading and transferring data faster, sending by email easier and they also save storage space on a computer hard drive, usb flash drive or external hard drive.

A few common compressed file extensions are .rar, .zip, .tar, .gz and .7z.

Other extensions are b1, jar, xpi, arj, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, txz, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, cpio, deb, gzip, tgz, tpz, hfs, iso, lzh, lha, lzma, rpm, xar, z, taz, xz, dmg, cb7, cbr, cbt and cbz.

File Archivers

File archivers are programs used to compress and uncompress files.

A few popular file archivers are WinRar, WinZip and 7-Zip.

Microsoft Windows has a feature for compressing and uncompressing files, but this one doesn't have any extra options and can only zip and unzip ZIP and RAR files.

Linux Mint and Ubuntu also have a function to compress and decompress files and support all kinds of different types of files.

You can also unzip compressed files using online services (websites), such as B1 Online Archiver and Unzip-Online.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File using 7-Zip

7-Zip is a free program that allows you to compress (zip) files and unzip (extract) compressed files.

7-Zip supports the following formats: RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR, GZ, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, Z.

You can download 7-Zip here.

1. Right-click on the compressed file.

2. Go to "7-Zip".

3. Click on "Extract Here".

unzip compressed files using 7-zip

7-Zip will now unzip (open) your RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR or other compressed file.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File using Ashampoo Free Zip

Ashampoo Free Zip is a free program that allows you to compress (zip) files and unzip (extract) compressed files.

Ashampoo Free Zip supports the following formats: ZIP, RAR, 7Z, CAB, TAR (TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, TAR.XZ), ZIPX, ARJ, ARC, ACE, MSI, NSIS, CHM, DMG, RPM, CPIO, VHD, XAR, LZMA, LZH, SquashFS, CramFS, Z, ZOO, WIM plus ISO (ISO9660 and UDF).

You can download Ashampoo Free Zip here.

1. Right-click on the compressed file.

2. Click on "Extract Here".

unzip compressed files using ashampoo free zip

Ashampoo Free Zip will now unpack (unzip) your RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR or other compressed file.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File using PeaZip

PeaZip is a free program that allows you to compress (zip) files and unzip (extract) compressed files.

PeaZip supports the following formats: RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR, GZ, bz, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, gzip, tgz, tpz, z01, smzip, arj, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, cpio, deb, lzh, lha, r01, 00, rpm, z, taz, tz, iso, jar, ear, war, lha, pet, pup, pak, pk3, pk4, slp, xpi, wim, u3p, lzma86, lzma, udf, xar, dmg, hfs, part1, split, swm, tpz, kmz, xz, txz, vhd, mslz, apm, mbr, fat, ntfs, exe, dll, sys, msi, msp, ods, ots, odm, oth, oxt, odb, odf, odg, otg, odp, otp, odt, ott, gnm, doc, dot, xls, xlt, ppt, pps, pot, docx, dotx, xlsx, xltx, swf, flv, quad, balz, zpaq, paq8f, paq8jd, paq8l, paq8o, lpaq1, lpaq5, lpaq8, ace, arc, wrc, 001, pea, cbz, cbr, cba, cb7, cbt.

You can download PeaZip here.

1. Right-click on the compressed file.

2. Go to "PeaZip".

3. Click on "Extract here".

unzip compressed files using peazip

PeaZip will now uncompress (extract) your ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or other compressed file.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File using 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.

WinRAR supports the following formats: RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR, GZ, CAB, ARJ, LZH, XZ, TAR.GZ, BZ2, TAR.BZ2, ACE, UUE, JAR (Java Archive), ISO (ISO9660 - CD image), Z (Unix compress).

You can try WinRAR before buy, its trial version is available here.

1. Right-click on the compressed file.

2. Click on "Extract Here".

unzip compressed files using winrar

WinRAR will now decompress (unzip) your ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or other compressed file.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File using WinZip

WinZip is a program that allows you to compress (zip) files and unzip (extract) compressed files.

You can try WinZip before buy, its trial version is available here.

1. Right-click on the compressed file.

2. Go to "WinZip".

3. Click on "Unzip to here".

unzip compressed files using winzip

WinZip will now decompress (unzip) your ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or other compressed file.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File using B1 Archiver (Online)

B1 has a free online service that allows you to unzip (extract) compressed files.

This way you don't have to install any additional software on your computer.

B1 supports the following formats: b1, zip, rar, rar5, 7z, jar, xpi, arj, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, txz, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, cpio, deb, gz, gzip, tgz, tpz, hfs, iso, lzh, lha, lzma, rpm, tar, xar, z, taz, xz, dmg, cb7, cbr, cbt, cbz.

1. Go to http://online.b1.org/online.

2. Click on "Select archive".

3. Go to the location on your computer where the compressed file is stored that you want to unzip.

4. Select the file and click on "Open".

B1 will automatically extract (unzip) your file. This may take a while. The amount of time it will take depends on the file size of your file and your internet connection.

5. When it's finished, click on your file.

6. Select a location on your computer where you want to save your file and click on "Save".

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP or RAR File using Unzip-Online (Online)

Unzip-Online is a free online service that allows you to unzip (extract) compressed files.

This way you don't have to install any additional software on your computer.

Unzip-Online only supports ZIP and RAR files.

1. Visit https://unzip-online.com.

2. Click on the "Uncompress files" button.

3. Click on the "Choose File" button.

4. Go to the location on your computer where the compressed file is stored that you want to unzip.

5. Select the file and click on "Open".

6. Click on the "uncompress file" button.

Unzip-Online will now decompress (extract) your file. This may take a while. The amount of time it will take depends on the file size of your file and your internet connection.

7. When it's finished, click on your file.

8. Select a location on your computer where you want to save your file and click on "Save".

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP or RAR File in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10

1. Right-click on the ZIP or RAR file.

2. Choose "Extract All...".

unzip compressed files in windows

Windows will now unzip (open) your RAR or ZIP file.

How to Unzip (Open) a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZ or another File in Linux Mint & Ubuntu

1. Right-click on the compressed file.

2. Click on "Extract Here".

unzip compressed files in linux mint and ubuntu

Linux Mint or Ubuntu will now unzip (open) your RAR, ZIP, 7Z, TAR or other compressed file.

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