This article has only one purpose, to freely promote a quality, free software and open-source . The issue? It seems rather not popular for the mainstream audience.
Please note though that I’m not affiliated to this software nor with their authors. This article is to pay respects to an excellent piece of software that I find useful everyday.
If you don’t like long stories, just click on the link below to head to the official 7zip website:
Download and install it, then click on the Window’s start menu, lookup for 7zip, right click on it and start it in administrator mode by clicking on “Run as administrator”, once the 7zip window will appear, click on the top-menu “Tools” then “Options” and finally on the plus “+” button as highlighted in the screenshot below. Finally, just click “Ok”. This will setup 7zip as your default compressed files manager.
Here your go. You can now enjoy an unlimited free software that’s lightweight, fast and awesome. For those who want to read my story, continue below.
Why 7zip is better?
Let’s start with the simplest point, it’s FREE. 7zip is free and open-source software, which means that all of its source code is made public and anyone can view, modify and alter it. The advantage besides your saving you money is that you are sure that you have a software which does not potentially collect your private data. Also, that there is a community which will maintain the software and will ensure that that it is “compliant”.
“Yes but WinRar has an ‘infinite’ trial period so I don’t pay anything.” Yes, you do not pay anything, but that does not mean that you comply with the WinRar license agreement. In addition and above all, it is a closed software, you have no idea how it uses your data for example.
However, this argument may not hold up for you. So to justify a little more my rant in front of the aberrant use of WinRar in spite of a free competitor such as 7zip, here is a situation I’ve witnessed the other day.
A friend in front of me wanted to open a .rar file, he double clicks, it has the famous window of “Your trial period is over etc..”. He extracts his files, closes the software and realizes that he still needs the file so re-opens and still has the trial period window.
You would say to me, it is just an additional click, or it could have extracted via the contextual menu of the file, but I will answer “Why when there is better!”.
7zip offers the possibility of doing the same thing more quickly. But not only in terms of interface, also in terms of decompression speed. See for yourself this performance test that I found on reddit
On this test, 7zip is faster and offers better compression rates compared to WinRar.
But why 7zip is so unpopular?
This is the question I asked myself, and I remember seeing a video (I can’t find it anymore) about WinRar which lit a lightbulb in my mind. WinRar’s strategy and the endless trial period also keep it popular. Indeed, people install it, bypass the little message and that’s it. Being so popular, this software is installed at the enterprise level. However, a company cannot afford to use “endless trial” software and that is where they will buy WinRar licenses.
This article is therefore intended for you, everyday user and for companies who waste money on such software.