Zip files are very popular file formats as they can compress file formats and can be very useful when sharing files. Zip is one of the most popularly used file formats for sharing files and there are many tools like WinZip, WinRAR to open these files. But the most popular tools to open zip files, namely WinZip and WinRAR are not free tools. Although these apps are available for Windows 8 as well, you need to buy them to use it completely. Windows 8 being used for tablets as well, it is always nice to have a archiving and compressing tool which is free and also uses the new metro UI or the modern UI.

8 Zip is a freeware tool which is a good alternative to paid apps which can open zip files. As of now the app supports only Zip files, but there is plan to support other formats like 7z, RAR, ISO, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, MSI, NSIS, etc.


New archive


  • Create zip archive file
  • Open zip archives
  • Extract files form zip archive
  • Add and delete files from archive
  • Open files in archives
  • Search charm
  • Share charm

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