The Finest Linux File Archive Utility

Although the majority of experienced Linux users are of the opinion that you only need the command line to archive your files, PeaZip is also an excellent tool because of the numerous features it has and its interface is really user friendly.

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 PeaZip features

  • PeaZip supports packing of ZIP, XZ, WIM, UPX, TAR, QUAD/BALZ, PEA, PAQ, GZ, BZ2, ARC, 7z, plus unpacking of more than 130 different archive kinds.
  • It has its own protection-oriented PEA system.
  • AES-256 encryption support for PEA, ZIP, 7z format.
  • Integration with KDE and GNOME desktops (Even though you have to do a little more manual work when it is being integrated with GNOME)
  • Command line edition can also be obtained.

Its Strong points

PeaZip is an archive manager that is not only user friendly but also highly advanced. Apart from the fact that it supports many security features (such as integrity and encryption checks) and different file formats, it also has a GUI that is so simple that even beginners would not find it difficult using it. Also, its interface can easily be configured, and if you get to the preferences, you will find lots of options as regards how you wish to make use of the application.

Its shortcomings

Even though PeaZip’s interface is not difficult to understand, it cannot also be regarded as good-looking. While attempting to create an exceptional desktop interface, they have created an interface that appears somewhat inappropriate on any desktop. Additionally, you may discover small graphical anomalies all through the application, but they are not so serious as to impede your use of the application, it is just that it looks somewhat strange. Also, the graphical progress indicator is notoriously imprecise; therefore PeaZip (or at least its GUI) cannot help you if you require precise, current information regarding the progress of a command compression. The program’s command line progress indicator is more precise. Finally, you have to move one or two files around before you can get PeaZip’s GNOME desktop integration to function properly, which is rather irritating (and beginners should not be expected to do something like this).

The Competition

Several other Linux graphical archive tools work much in the same manner. There is File Roller, which is the default archive tool on GNOME; Xarchiver, an easy to use, desktop independent archive tool, andArk, which is KDE’s default archive utility. All the programs are quite basic, works well with all the file types that are most popular, and support archives creation, although none of the programs support sophisticated features such as encryption. However, most people can get by with these programs, and they have excellent desktop integration (particularly with respect toArk), and they do not appear out of place like PeaZip. You should carry on using your default desktop environment, if you do not require the advanced features offered by PeaZip.

You can go for p7zip, if you do not enjoying using PeaZip but you still want advanced features. P7zip works very much like the impressive 7-Zip for Microsoft Windows, but nothing stops you from using the remarkable, inbuilt tar command also.