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7zip on a Mac: Keka, 7zip on Windows: their plain installer.

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/04

Though I’ve written only a few blog posts about 7zip – my compressor of choice ever since I discovered 7zip some 10 years ago around version 3.13 (their history goes much further back: 1999) – here is a fresh one:

7zip is a fast, free, multi-platform and has great compression. No wonder Toms Hardware gave them an award last year: And The Undisputed Winner Is… 7-Zip.

For Windows, I take the downloads from 7-Zip: there are both x64 and x86 versions (x64 supports more memory so can handle bigger archives).

For Mac, I’ve been using Keka – the free Mac OS X file archiver. Both compressing and decompressing involve dragging the uncompressed or compressed files to the Keka dock icon.

That is slightly more involved than the context menu in Windows, but it works great.

For Windows command line usage, I use either 7za.exe or 7z.exe (uses DLLs, supports more compression)

For Mac command line usage, I use p7zip.


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