How to Unzip & Open Rar, Zip, Tar, Gz & 7z Files

Unzip & Open Rar, Zip, Tar, Gz & 7z Files

Looking for ways to unzip files?

Then you've come to the right place, because on this page...

...I will show you how to extract and open all kinds of compressed files such as RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, 7Z and other formats with free software, Windows or online.

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.

Most 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.

Programs & Online Tools for Unzipping Files

There are many different programs for unzipping files and the most used programs are Winrar, Winzip, 7-Zip and PeaZip.

7-Zip and PeaZip are free programs and Winrar and Winzip are not free, but offer a free trial of 30 days. 7-Zip is my favorite program.

You don't necessarily need to install a program for extracting files because there are also a few good online tools such as Wobzip, B1 Archiver and Unzip-Online.

If you're using the Windows operating system on your PC then you can also use the Windows decompression tool for basic compressed files.

Unzip and Open Files with 7-Zip

You can download 7-Zip (free).

1 Go to your compressed file(s).

Note! Go to the file after you've installed 7-Zip otherwise you won't see 7-Zip as a option.

If you have multiple files then you need to select them all at once.

2 Right-click on the file(s), go with your mouse-cursor to "7-Zip" and choose "Extract Here".

Unzip Files with 7-Zip

Unzip and Open Files with PeaZip

You can download PeaZip (free).

1 Go to your compressed file(s).

Note! Go to the file after you've installed PeaZip otherwise you won't see PeaZip as a option in the menu.

If you have multiple files then you need to select them all at once.

2 Right-click on the file(s), go with your mouse-cursor to "PeaZip" and choose "Extract here".

Unzip Files with PeaZip

Unzip and Open Files with Windows

1 Go to your compressed file(s).

If you have multiple files then you need to select them all at once.

2 Right-click on the file(s) and choose "Extract All...".

Unzip Files with Windows

Unzip and Open Files Online with Wobzip

1 Go to .

2 Click on "Browse from computer".

3 Go to the location on your computer to the file(s).

4 Select the file and click on "Open".

You won't see the file(s) loaded on WbZip, but that's normal...

5 Click on "Uncompress" and WobZip will extract the file(s).

This may take a few seconds till minutes. It depends on how big the file size is.

6 Click on the file(s) and choose "Save file", choose a location on your pc and click on "Save".

Download Extracted Files Online with WobZip

Unzip and Open Files Online with B1 Archiver

1 Go to .

2 Click on the "Click here" button.

Unzip Files Online with B1

3 Go to the location on your computer to the file(s).

4 Select the file and click on "Open" and B1 will automatically extract the file(s).

This may take a few seconds till minutes. It depends on how big the file size is.

5 Click on the download icons next to the extracted files, click on "Save file", choose a location on your pc and click on "Save".

Download Extracted Files Online with B1

Unzip and Open Files Online with Unzip-Online

Only supports ZIP and RAR.

1 Visit .

2 Click on "Uncompress files".

3 Click on "Browse".

4 Go to the location on your pc where the file is.

5 Select the file and click on "Open".

6 Click on "Uncompress file".

This may take a few seconds till minutes. It depends on how big the file size is.

7 Click on the file(s) and choose "Save file", choose a location on your computer and click on "Save".

Download Extracted Files Online with Unzip Online

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