File Archivers

A file archiver is a program that can compress any file (that is, to decrease its size) into an archive file. Archivers were really popular in the times of slow internet; compressed files required less internet bandwidth, which made it easier to share them. However, archivers are no less popular now, as they make it possible to pack multiple folders and various types of files into one archive file for easy storage.

All archivers, depending on the file format they support, can be divided into two main categories: RAR archivers and ZIP archivers. Most of them are completely free (even for commercial purposes) but there are also shareware programs (like WinRAR) that have a trial period.

“Desktop archivers” are required mostly for PC with the Windows operating system. When it comes to mobile phones and tablets, archivers are made mostly for Android. Many developers launch separate versions for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems to increase the compression speed.

All file archivers are easy to use: It is usually enough to move the files into a special window and click “OK” to pack or unpack an archive file. Most archivers can be integrated into the operating system and associated with various file extensions; that way, the archive files can be opened without opening the program itself.

You can download a free file archiver for Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, or 11 from Follow the links above to learn more about the features, pros, and cons of different file archivers.

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