Are you having difficulty trying to open a ZIP file? Opening ZIP and other archive files can be like trying to crack a safe. You know that something valuable is contained inside, but you can’t get to it!

How to Open ZIP and Other Archive Files

Are you having difficulty trying to open a ZIP file? Opening ZIP and other archive files can be like trying to crack a safe. You know that something valuable is contained inside, but you can’t get to it!

In order to open ZIP, RAR, 7Z, GZ and other archive files you often need to have special specific software installed on your computer. This can be expensive and take up a lot of memory for something you don’t need every day.

EasyFileViewer can open ZIP and other archive files. In addition, this file viewing utility saves you plenty of memory space because it can also open text, document, spreadsheet, photos, image and graphic files as well.

 

What Are ZIP and Archive Files?

ZIP is likely the most common kind of archive files. Archive files allow you to do two basic things:

  • Put several files together into one for storage or sending
  • Compress files to use less space for sending them or storage

If you have a large image or a group of big files, it might be difficult to email them. However, you can zip them together and then send them.

As well as files, ZIP, RAR and other archive file formats may include metadata, directory structures, error detection info, comments and even encryption. Archive files are created by specific archive software, optical disc authoring programs, and disk image software.

When you receive a ZIP or other archive file, most users double click on it. If the correct software is not installed, it will not open. EasyFileViewer takes the frustration out of opening archive files. It lets you open ZIP, GZ, and other kinds of archive files and extract what is hidden inside!

 

What are Common Archive File Formats?

There are a variety of kinds of archive files. They depend somewhat in part on your computer operating system. For example, ZIP is widely used on the Windows operating system. Linux often uses TAR and GZ. However, these formats can be opened using EasyFileViewer even if you don’t have a Linux machine. EasyFileViewer can open all of these archive file types:

ExtensionDescription
.7z7 Zip
.gzGNU Zip
.ISODisk Image File
.RARWinRAR Compressed Archive
.tarTAR
.ZIPZip Compressed file
 

Are There Different Types of Archive Formats?

People use archive formats for different purposes. Some of the different types of archive formats include:

Archive Only This kind of archive only connects the files together
Compression OnlySome archive formats are used to compress files 
Multi-function FormatsThese formats are able to do a variety of tasks including possibly grouping files together, compressing them, encrypting them and packaging them 
Software PackagingCreates software packages that might be self-installing files 
Disk ImageCreates disk images for storage volumes 

No matter what the archive format is designed for, EasyFileViewer is able to open ZIP, 7Z, GZ, and other archive files.

Once EasyFileViewer has opened a ZIP or archive file, you can extract the files – a single file at a time or all of them – to a specific spot on your computer. EasyFileViewer also helps you view documents, spreadsheets, photos, graphics, and other files that are commonly zipped.