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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

By Federico Kereki on March 05, 2008 (9:00:00 AM)

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If you need an archiving program that can run under both Windows and Linux, sport a graphical interface, and be licensed as open source software, only a single program will do: PeaZip. It acts as a graphical front end for several tools that provide archiving, compression, encryption, and similar functions.

The Linux version of PeaZip is desktop-neutral, which means you can use it no matter whether you prefer KDE, GNOME, Xfce, or another desktop or window manager. The integration with the desktop might not work in all cases, because it depends on freedesktop.org standards; however, the basic functionality won't be affected. The software doesn't require special installation; simply plop it in any path (it will work even from a USB memory stick) and you'll be able to start using it.

The PeaZip download site contains the Windows version and several Linux options: a Portable/Standalone version with which you'll have to perform several extra installation steps, and prepackaged versions (deb and RPM) that are easier to install. Being an openSUSE user, I chose the RPM one. After downloading it (it's only about 5.5MB), type rpm -Uvh peazip_theVersionYouDownloaded.rpm as root, and the program should install and integrate with your desktop.

If you prefer doing the installation yourself, get the Portable/Standalone version. After the download is complete, go to wherever you downloaded the package, and enter these commands as root:

tar zxf peazip_theVersionYouDownloaded.tar.gz mv peazip_theVersionYouDownloaded /usr/bin/peazip cd /usr/bin/peazip/Freedesktop_integration cat readme_Linux2.txt

Follow the instructions on screen to get a desktop icon, a menu entry, and so on. Note that with this "do-it-yourself" installation, the first time you launch PeaZip, you may find out that you need to install some libraries before everything works properly.

Using PeaZip

Open PeaZip, and select Tools -> Settings to configure the program. In the Create Archive tab, pick your default format (ZIP is a good option) and which formats should be allowed. For less knowledgeable users, it might pay to uncheck the less common options such as PAQ or QUAD, for example. The other tabs show more options, but the default values are usually good enough. Some documentation is available.

The main screen (see figure) provides two icons: one for creating an archive file, and one for extracting files from such an archive. By hovering the mouse over these icons you can see all the provided and available formats the program can be handle. The File menu includes entries for these two functions and adds tools for file splitting and joining, file checking, file comparison, and file wiping (secure deleting). Click on the light bulb at the upper right to get extra information. Finally, you can drag and drop files onto the window to create an archive or update an existing one.

To extract files from an archive, click on the appropriate icon and select the file. You'll be shown a browser-like interface with all the included files and directories. For a fuller list, click on the plus icon, and you'll get a complete ("flat") listing of all the files. To extract anything, you can either right-click (and pick the desired command from the pop-up menu) or use the buttons at the top of the window.

Archive creation is just a bit more complicated. When you click on the Create icon, you get an empty directory, to which you can add files and folders using drag and drop. You can change the format of the archive that will be created by right-clicking on the icon at the top left. Try the Options tab to specify:

  • Compression parameters: The available options depend on the selected format.
  • General options: For example, you can choose whether to create or update an archive, specify threads usage, and say whether to mail the result.
  • Encryption options: Use these to produce a password-secured file.

After adding the files and picking the options, click on Create to produce the archive.

Conclusion

If you want a graphical archive/compression manager that works on both Windows and Linux, PeaZip works well. Not only can it replace paid alternatives, but its ability to run in both worlds is a boon for users who run both operating systems.

Federico Kereki is an Uruguayan systems engineer with more than 20 years' experience developing systems, doing consulting work, and teaching at universities.

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.6.6.10] on March 05, 2008 09:56 AM
7zip has been x-platform and doing all the above for years....

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Re: Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.9.87.195] on March 05, 2008 02:01 PM
That is not exact, p7zip has console only interface, unless you use it through GUI frontend like Arc, Fileroller, or PeaZip.
p7zip is released under LGPL, and that is the force of open source: you don't need to reinvent the weel to support .7z format, you just can make a frontend to expose p7zip's functions to users through a friendly interface.
Moreover PeaZip adds support for other minor but interesting formats like LPAQ/PAQ, PEA, QUAD, ARC (which features recovery records and strong encryption), which are not supported through p7zip and which has no or very few few available GUI frontend.

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.166.132.166] on March 05, 2008 02:19 PM
what's the big deal? use whatever you like in Linux and use IZArc (www.izarc.org) in Windows. this is a solved problem already.

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Re: Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.198.175.78] on March 05, 2008 02:46 PM
"You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or modify IZArc."
Please, don't mix up open source software with closed source software.
I no longer recommend proprietary software (and a file archiver less than any other kind of program) even to my unfortunate Windows pals!

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.97.128.136] on March 05, 2008 03:02 PM
tugzip ?

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Re: Tugzip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.169.137.209] on March 05, 2008 03:24 PM
Tugzip is nice, I used it years ago under Wine, and sometimes still use it, but it's not the same as using a native application for Linux as PeaZip (or Xarchiver).
Best wishes for the Tugzip's port to open source, but as far as I know it is targeted for 4 release and is under construction since 2005! After it will be released, then it will need further work to make it system-aware under Linux (file associations, menus etc), so I think a native Tugzip version for Linux is not so near, and as I said I tend to prefer native applications over ones running in Wine.

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Thanks!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.197.11.30] on March 05, 2008 03:06 PM
Installed (the DEB) and used into a Debian box: nice piece of software.
The best of this software (for me, I still prefer command line over grapic interfaces) is that you can transform what are you doing into a command line.
Very neat, I like seeing what is going on rather than clicking buttons.

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.152.160.2] on March 05, 2008 06:34 PM
>sport[s] a graphical interface
Screenshot would be nice then! Put the platforms side-by-side

>"You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or modify IZArc."
Then I very well may not use it Thank you, Anonymous, for checking that out.

Federico Kereki , thanks for the write up, but I agree, lets keep to FLOSS :)

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Re: Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.18.136.90] on March 05, 2008 07:43 PM
>>sport[s] a graphical interface
>Screenshot would be nice then!
Found!
http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=178996
PeaZip's official sceenshots (first row MS Vista, second row OpenSuse and Ubuntu)

>lets keep to FLOSS :)
To clarify, there are the licenses of the two programs:
PeaZip: free and open source (LGPL version 3) http://sourceforge.net/projects/peazip/ in Project Details, License
IZarc: free but closed source, EULA http://www.izarc.org/license.html
btw IZarc is for Windows/Wine only while PeaZip for Linux run as native software, of course you can run PeaZip for Windows under Linux+Wine as well :)

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.1.5] on March 07, 2008 10:16 AM
I'am using linux.. but when extact archive file.. PeaZip does not keep the folder structure...
How to solve that?

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.9.87.195] on March 07, 2008 11:24 AM
> How to solve that? - Asking support in PeaZip's forum http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=178996 ; knowing the file type and possibly the file itself displaying this problem should help to find an answer! BTW, in extraction options you can select to keep (default) or not to keep the folder structure.

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.50.228.192] on March 12, 2008 12:35 PM
I'm using the portable version from my USB memory.
It's very handy to work with 7z, ace, rar and many other archive types I may encounter on Linux machines I put the hands on, having not to worry about the distro or dektop manager. As just said, really handy.

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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 77.79.151.225] on March 26, 2008 10:50 PM
I`am using ark, but it don`t working correctly with rar and zip archives.
What is the gui programm working with this archives? Thanks
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Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 90.15.101.120] on April 01, 2008 10:56 AM
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