Zip Extractor Pro


Zip Extractor Pro is a file archiver utility. The application provides an unified, natively portable, cross-platform file manager and archive manager GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX.


Features of Zip Extractor Pro includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, edit existing archives, create self-extracting archives (sfx), split files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export task definition as command line script.

Create: 7Z, ARC, Brotli, BZip, GZip, PEA, TAR, WIM, XZ, ZPAQ, ZIP, Zstandard files and more Open and extract 200+ file types: ACE, CAB, DEB, ISO, RAR, ZIPX and more.

Details description


Zip Extractor Pro is a general purpose file and archive manager application, aiming to provide a cross-platform graphical interface for many Open Source archiving and compression utilities in order to handle most of available archiving formats like 7Z, RAR (extraction), TAR, ZIP and many other ones, see Supported formats chapter for more information.

The program features powerful and flexible inclusion/exclusion filters and search tools, provide optional two factor authentication through password and keyfile, and allows to deeply fine tune the task’s definitions, exposing through a single, consistent frontend GUI the options of underlying applications.

The list of objects to be archived or extracted can be saved for future use, to speed up backup and restore tasks. Also the resulting command for archive creation and extraction can be saved, to get the full control on task’s definition, helping the user in bridging the gap between GUI and console applications to get the best of both worlds. A detailed log is available after each operation.

Zip Extractor Pro also collects a set of handy file management tools: robust file copy, split and join files, fast or secure file deletion, calculation of a wide set of checksums and hashes over selected files, byte-to-byte comparison of two files, web search etc.

Zip Extractor Pro can be used as file manager, or can be used from context and SendTo menu; file associations and menu entries (both for context and SendTo menu) can be changed running the setup program any time it is needed.

File manager


The application starts by default with file manager interface, pointing to the last visited directory, for navigation in the filesystem and in archives.

On start-up, Zip Extractor Pro parses the input parameters to understand to what function they should be passed to (i.e. to open an archive for browsing, or adding selected objects to a new archive), see “Customisation and scripting” chapter for the startup parameters that can be passed to Zip Extractor Pro , to use it in scripts or customize system’s integration (registry entries, SendTo menu links etc...)

  • Image 1: Zip Extractor Pro's file and archive browser.

    On the left, the navigation bar, the “…” sign allows to toggle the navigator view and a classic tree.

    “Bookmarks” group contains user’s bookmarked archives and folders

    “Filesystem” group shows a tree of mounted units and default system’s locations

    “History” shows recently browsed archives and folders

    “Open” group launches directory selection, file selection, and search dialog, and contains“Functions”(alphabetically sorted Zip Extractor Pro's functions)and“Applications”group-launches favourite applications, scripts or websites/webservices that can be defined by the user (defined in Settings > Applications). When browsing an archive, its directory tree is shown above “Bookmarks” group for fast exploration of archive content.

    Main menu


  • File submenu, contains primary application’s functions, it can be hidden / shown with Alt+F1.

    Create archive activates the archive creation interface, which allows to add files and folders to the archive’s layout and to save, restore and merge layouts for further use.

    In same menu are featured Bookmarks, history (can be switched off for privacy in Options > Settings); Open path and Open archive entries, invoking standard file and directory selection dialog respectively; Search and drag here which open standard system’s search dialog, to search files on the system and then drag them to Zip Extractor Pro.

    "Web search"allow searching for the selected filename (or an arbitrary string) on different web based services, as Google and Yahoo search engines, Wikipedia, etc, optionally on multiple websites at once.

    Web search feature can help users in case of any doubt or need of any additional information about the object before archiving it or before extracting it from the archive, or for comparing an object (date, size, checksums etc…) with other known online sources. Web search can also help in finding file names (i.e. to replace broken/incomplete downloads) on various sources: search engines, social networks, torrents, software, wiki etc.

    Please remember to download only trusted files from trusted sources, and to refer to the respective Author of each content for any information about the copyright status.

    Reduce to tray entry send Zip Extractor Pro to tray area; right clicking on the tray icon it is possible to resume the program, or access most common program’s functions.

  • Image 2: web search form, optionally it is possible to search on multiple engines at once


    Edit submenu changes the selection of currently displayed files, for date, size, extension, attributes etc...
    It works either for the file/archive browser or for the archiving and extraction interfaces.
    Select… entry shows a dedicated advanced selection dialog, featuring multiple selection options and the ability to add to / subtract from current selection. It is available also in context menu, File manager tool bar, and Search dropdown menu.

    Browser submenu, featured only when file manager is displayed, contains
    ·jump to archiving and extraction layout interfaces
    ·search (in Zip Extractor Pro ), F3
    ·up one level (Alt+Up)
    ·go to archive’s or system’s root level (Crtl+Shift+F4), Desktop (Ctrl+F4), Home (Shift+F4)
    ·refresh (F5) forcing refresh of currently displayed content
    ·toggle browser/flat view (F6), flat view displays all together the objects contained in the current path or in the archive

    Organize menu allows to deeply customise the file/archive manager’s aspect
    ·Dock the application to screen angles/sides (Ctrl+Alt+numeric pad arrows), F11 full screen, Ctrl+F11 immersive
    ·Customize or hide tool bar and address bar, swap tool bar and address bar to give visual prominence either to file navigation or archive manager’s functions; enable or disable tab bar
    ·Customize browser interface: display details (default) or as list, use row selection or not (default), select columns to display, select sort column…
    ·Customize or hide the status bar to display different views: none, plain status bar, details, bookmarks, recent archives, history, clipboard
    ·Display picture thumbnails or generic icon - only for file browser, browsing archives icons are displayed
    ·Use classic search or simple search (default), more similar to natural language
    ·Set default search to recursive (search in subfolders) or not recursive (“search here”)

    “Tools” submenu contains:
    · Password Manager (Shift + F9) encrypted password manager
    · Enter password / keyfile (F9) sets the default password (and optionally keyfile, if two factor authentication is desired) to be
    used in browsing, testing, extraction and archive creation
    · Create random password / keyfile (Ctrl+F9) allows to sample entropy from the system and from user’s actions to generate a random keyfile; this utility can be also used to generate random passwords to be used in any other application/website/etc
    · Use advanced filters (Shift+Ctrl+F9) sets multiple inclusion and exclusion filters to be used in browsing, testing, extraction and archive creation; filters are applied only to archive formats managed through 7z backend interface, see “Supported file types” chapter
    · Saved and scheduled task definition scripts opens folder containing task definitions saved as script files / scheduled as system task, created from archiving or extraction interfaces, that can be run for unattended repetition of user-defined operations
    · System benchmark utility to rate the host system in terms of MIPS (millions of integer instructions per second) and Core 2
    Duo equivalent speed in MHz
    · PeaUtils, standalone GUI for file management tools, if a reduced scope user interface is preferred.

    “Options” submenu contains:
    · Run as administrator (Windows Vista or more recent) closes current instance and opens a new one, prompting UAC elevation request, in order to work in protected paths.
    · Run as different user (Windows only) closes current instance and opens a new one with alternative user profile. o Localization change applications language and System context menu language (W7+)
    · System integration, to customize file associations, context menu and sendto menu entries (Windows only). o Settings, to customize application’s behaviour and theme
    · Set archiving options, to customize archiving / conversion specific options o Set extraction options, to customize extraction specific options
    “Help” submenu opens settings & help system interface, and points to check for updates, search plug-in and add-ons in project’s website and to most up to date documentation available, localized Zip Extractor Pro tutorial (F1), and help file (Alt+F1).
    From this submenu it is also possible to visit Zip Extractor Pro ’s donation page, which allows to donate for supporting the project, or also to some suggested worldwide charitable organizations.
    “←”, “↑”, and “-“ menu items toggles side bar, tool bar, and tab bar respectively.
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