Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)

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    Thank you so much for your considered reply. Goodbye.
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    dalchina said:
    Thank you so much for your considered reply. Goodbye.
    Yes it was really spot on.
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    For the searching of a freebie, I think the OP is asking too much. Some have solid performance/features, such as 7-Zip and PeaZip but apparently these are not the best looking bunch. Some may have prettier themes such as WinRAR and WinZIP but they are not free.
    I know everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, but, for me performance/features matter and come first. Theme is just a matter of icing on the cake. In fact, I have been with 7-Zip for more than ten years and it never let me down. I mostly use the right click menu and therefore no need to see the main window of its file manager. It's simple and effective. That's good enough for me.
    In fact, I don't like fancy splashy excessively colorful themes. That give me a feeling of unreliable performance.
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    What's wrong with Peazip? You can download themes or create your own.

    Screenshots from my machine. Note: I'm not actually using Windows Dark Theme so some of the "White" areas will look different than for someone who actually uses a dark theme. Also I'm using some other custom fonts and colors in Windows anyway.

    Make your own theme:

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-own-theme.jpg

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-peazip.jpg

    A few of the themes that you can download:

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-mocha.jpg

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-graphite.jpg
    For anyone else who might be interested.

    I value functionality over appearance. I typically use 7-Zip but just switched to 7-Zip ZS (7-Zip Fork)

    Milkys Homepage - 7-Zip with support for Zstandard, Brotli, Lz4, Lz5 and Lizard Compression
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       #35

    Callender said:
    What's wrong with Peazip? You can download themes or create your own.

    Screenshots from my machine. Note: I'm not actually using Windows Dark Theme so some of the "White" areas will look different than for someone who actually uses a dark theme. Also I'm using some other custom fonts and colors in Windows anyway.

    Make your own theme:

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-own-theme.jpg

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-peazip.jpg

    A few of the themes that you can download:

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-mocha.jpg

    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-graphite.jpg
    For anyone else who might be interested.

    I value functionality over appearance. I typically use 7-Zip but just switched to 7-Zip ZS (7-Zip Fork)

    Milkys Homepage - 7-Zip with support for Zstandard, Brotli, Lz4, Lz5 and Lizard Compression
    I tried it's themes,but none of them have proper dark theme support. Also, as I stated, I have another problem with Peazip (file integration (file integration configuration wizard of Peazip doesn't work) and archive icons also don't look well, unless I had to manually use for file types "always open this type of file with Peazip").
    Last edited by Ditendra; 01 Sep 2020 at 02:39.
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       #36

    I can recommend 4 archivers based on my past experience:
    1. 7-zip : simple and useful. For working with zip files, this is great (though Winzip and others have better drag-drop support etc.), and for strong compression 7z file format is the option to go for, as it has widespread support. This is my primary archiver, set as default for zip and 7z file formats.
    2. IZArc : not a popular archiver, I don't know why. But I love IZArc's support for tons of file formats, and it has a nifty feature wherein we can MOUNT a CD/DVD compressed file (e.g., ISO, NRG, BIN) as a virtual drive! Very useful when working with recovery media, and music & app DVDs. IZArc can also do conversion between various file formats and also create self-extracting archives. It does not have a fancy interface, but it is clean & functional, and supports the Windows file/folder context-menu integration and drag-n-drops. I love its comments support too. IZArc is my secondary archiver.
    3. Windows 10 built-in archiver (ZIP & CAB) plugin: usually this is the easiest trick for zipping and unzipping files & folders, and works out of the box. Best recommendation for senior citizens who don't want anything fancy or confusing.
    4. WinACE: Talking of fancy, there's nothing fancier than WinACE. It's not free, but it isn't too expensive. And it has all the bells and whistles that the OP may want as a "modern interface". Its makers also claim ACE to be best compression format, but I found it be less supported by other archivers. The tool itself is a very polished one that supports many file formats, but it isn't as fast as 7-zip or IZArc to launch. This is still a good archiver, with one major caveat - see below.

    NOTE: Always check the latest online reviews before installing any new software. Archivers especially tend to become more difficult to sustain in the market due to the plethora of competition. For example, IZArc and WinACE now come with adware addons which are optional installs. Older and Commercial versions ought to be safer though. I have an old version of IZArc that I have been using for years, and haven't updated it.

    My recommendation would be to stick to 7-zip or you can try Pea-Zip (both come in Portable versions), which support 200+ file formats, though its interface is a bit clumsy if I recall right.
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