To free up storage memory, we compress large files. Although Windows OS has a file compressor tool built-in, the size of archives generated by the tool will be smaller than that created by third-party software. You’ll find many file compression software on the internet. Some applications employ their own algorithm to create compressed archives, and others give you to option to choose the algorithm or format in which you would like the software to create the archive.
Peazip and 7Zip are two widely used file compression software. 7-Zip was introduced in 1999, and PeaZip was launched in 2006. Both the software are powerful and widely used. PeaZip is based on open-source technologies of Google, Facebook, 7-Zip, and is open-source software. Is PeaZip better than 7-Zip or vice versa? Which software supports more formats and has more features? Below, we’ve compared the two file archiver/decompressor software.
PeaZip vs 7-Zip
Setup file size and storage memory usage
The size of the PeaZip and 7Zip set up files is 9 and 1.5 megabytes, respectively. When installed, Peazip consumes around 38 megabytes of storage memory, and 7-Zip takes about 5.5 megabytes of storage space.
7Zip interface looks a bit outdated but is easy to use. The software boasts these options on its toolbar – add, extract, test, copy, move, delete, info. PeaZip’s interface looks better than that of 7Zip. On its toolbar, you’ll find five buttons – add, convert, extract, test, and secure delete. What do these buttons do?
The add option will let you select one or many files, the compression level, compression type, etc and create an archive of the format you choose.
If you’ve created archives previously with PeaZip, 7-Zip, or any other application, you can extract the files with the “extract” option.
Test: If the extract option isn’t working or you’re not able to see the contents of the archive files, you can use the “Test” option to check or find out whether the archive is corrupted or not.
Convert: The convert tool of Peazip enables you to convert archives from one format to another. Before converting, it can split the files to create smaller archives.
File manager: The two file/folder archiving software has a file manager tool built-in. They’ll display the directory’s content each time you run the software. You can see the contents of folders by double-clicking them or see the details of the files/folders by right-clicking the file and choosing the “properties” option. PeaZip and 7-Zip software show the size of the files and make users aware of the number of files present in the folder.
You can configure 7-Zip & PeaZip to use N number of CPU threads while compressing the file. File compression is a CPU-intensive task. You can make 7-Zip use a certain amount of RAM while archiving files.
PeaZip lets users schedule file compression tasks. This function of PeaZip is similar to cron jobs. To schedule a task, you must choose the days on which you want the software to archive files and when the software must run the scheduled script.
Theme: PeaZip ships with 10+ themes. It also lets users play with the color of the default theme. It allows users to change the text spacing and the font size. You can configure PeaZip to highlight the tabs and create a theme by saving the changes you’ve made to the existing theme.
Benchmarking: The two file compression software ships with a PC benchmarking tool. You can use this tool to test/check the performance of your computer. PeaZip/7-Zip lets users customize the benchmarking test.
Delete: 7-Zip ships with a standard delete function. PeaZip offers a secure delete function that will remove the file/folder so that it won’t be recoverable with any of the file recovery software.
Image manager: PZ comes with an image manager tool that enables you to resize, crop, transform, and rotate pictures. It can also convert photos from a supported format to JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF format.
Format: The developer of the 7-Zip software has founded the .7z format. 7z archives are considerably smaller than zip archives. PeaZip also ships with a native format called PEA format. When it comes to popularity, the .7Z format is more popular than the PEA format. According to its developer, PeaZip supports 190+ archive formats. 7Z supports only a handful of formats.
Scan: PeaZip can make Windows Defender scan files or folders for virus infections. To run the scan, click the drop-down icon that appears next to the “test” button and select the option “Windows Defender”. 7-Zip doesn’t offer this feature.
Supported file formats
Some of the file formats supported by 7-Zip are as follows:
- 7Z/XZ, ARC/WRC, Brotli, PAQ, QUAD.
- TAR, BZ2, ZIP/ZIPX, ZStandard.
- AICE, ARJ, ISO, CAB, LZH, RAR, UDF, DMG, etc.
When you install and run Peazip for the first time, you’ll be asked to choose the file types you want to work with Peazip.
7Zip lets users create archives of the following formats:
- 7z, bzip2, gzip.
- tar, wim, xz, zip.
You can choose the archive type in 7zip when you click the add button and select the files you want the software to archive. You make 7-Zip compatible with various other archive formats by opening the “options” window with the “Tools” menu and associating the software with formats displayed in the “system” tab of the window.
Closing words: PeaZip offers more features than 7-Zip, supports more formats, and has a better UI. 7-Zip is a simple application with an ordinary user interface and it supports only a few formats.