You may have encountered archived files at some point: ZIP, RAR, etc. They look like a single file, but act much more like a package, allowing users to bundle and compress multiple files and folders into one smaller file. 7Z files work the same way and are unique to the popular 7-Zip compression tool.
What is a 7Z file?
7Zis the file extension used for an archived file created using 7-Zip, an open-source file compression tool. 7Z is similar to other archived formats, such as ZIP , RAR and ISO , but uses a higher compression rate, with AES encryption- 256 .
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7Z files make it easy to send and download files from the Internet and free up space on your hard drive with their high compression ratio used during archiving. They also support ridiculous file sizes - theoretically up to 16 billion GB!
7-Zip is one of the most popular compression tools, but most people use it to open or create ZIP files rather than using the more proprietary 7Z files . LThe main reason is compatibility. Almost all systems have a way to open ZIP files, and the use of 7Z files means that people actually have to install 7-Zip or some other third-party application that supports them to work with the files.
Still, it is a solid compression format.
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How can I open a 7Z file?
While most operating systems have an integrated way of working with ZIP files (and some other compression formats, such as ISO ), ley don't no built-in option for 7Z files.
If you are using Windows, the best way to open the one you have received is to use free and open source software 7-Zip . It turns out that this is also our favorite compression tool under Windows, even if you only use it for ZIP, ISO, RAR or other compression formats.
On macOS, The Unarchiver is a great tool (also free) that supports many compression formats, including 7Z .
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On Linux, you can find various 7-Zip packages for various distributions at the bottom of the main 7-Zip download page .
And if these tools don't suit you, there are many other third-party applications that can handle 7Z files for macOS and Windows .
Opening a 7Z file using 7-Zip on Windows
We will see here how to open 7Z files on Windows, but if you are using macOS, you can check or r full guide on opening 7Z and other archive files on macOS .
Opening a file using 7-Zip is extremely easy and can be done in as little in two steps.
After downloaded and installed 7-Zip , navigate to the desired file to open. Right-click the file, point to the "7-Zip" submenu, and then click the "Open Archive.
This opens 7-zip and displays the contents of the archive. From there you can extract the content to another location on your hard drive using the "Extract " button at the top. Or, if there are only a few files you need in the archive, you can just drag and drop them into a file explorer window.
Choose a new onethe location for the file (s) and click "OK ".
Extract 7Z files using a web application
If you only have a few archives to extract, downloading software will not be possible. may not be for you. Fortunately, there is a good online service you can use. They don't store any of your files and delete them within minutes of checking them out.
Go to B1 free Archiver , and on the home page, click on the big button "Click here ".
In the popup window, access the 7Z file on your computer, then click on the " Open "button.
The site starts the extraction.
Once the extraction is complete, you will see a list of all files and folders inside the 7Z file. You can download any of the files to your computer and view all of the website images using the icons on the right.
Whatever the operating system you are using, 7Z files are capable of being extracted with many choices of third-party software or using online applications.