How to Choose The Most Suitable Compression Tool?

Know your requirements and get the basic facts about various compression tools.

The following factors need to be taken into account when you choose a compression tool:

  • Ease of use.
  • Whether the tool is available for free. If you find a tool suitable and must pay for it, will you?
  •  The levels of compression available.
  •  The file formats supported by the compression tool. The higher the number of file formats, the better—obviously.
  • Compatibility with multiple operating systems.

Based on the above considerations, you can take a look at the following compression tools:


  • Available for free
  • The compression tool is compatible with both Windows and Linux
  • Works real quickly
  • Supports most of the compression formats
  • Has a spare interface that some users find a bit inconvenient


  • Available for free
  • Compatible with Windows only. However, Windows 98/NT and Millennium are no longer supported.
  • Can be used for personal and professional purposes
  • Supports strong cryptography
  • Can be distributed on CD-ROM
  • Can be easily translated into 40 languages
  • Easy-to-use interface


  • One of the oldest compression tools and has been around since 1993.
  • Can backup just about every kind of data.
  • Can reduce the size of e-mail attachments.
  • It is not available for free, and costs about $29.
  • Available in multiple languages.
  • Trial version available.


  • This compression tool is available for free.
  • Is compatible with Windows (both 32 bit and 64 bit) and Linux operating systems.
  • Can read 129 file extensions and this include 7z, gz, zip, apm, swf and flv, for example.
  • It has a highly secure feature for deletion.
  • Supports robust standards for encryption.
  • Acts as a graphic front end for multiple engines that perform compression and encryption.

The above tools are highly popular and you need to understand your specific requirements before using one.

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