A look at the archiver Explzh

Explzh is a free software for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to manage — create, extract, change — archives using an Explorer-like interface.

There is certainly no shortage when it comes to software programs for archive file formats such as ZIP, RAR, or ISO.

A strong commercial selection — WinZip or WinRar — and an even better selection of free solutions — Bandizip, 7-Zip, PeaZip — compete in the niche.

Explzh falls right in line with other free offerings: it is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for Windows, and supports all features that you expect to see in an archive software.

You can download and install the application from the developer website. A portable version is not offered, but you may download add-ons to extend the functionality (FTP, SFX, and Decoder add-ons available).


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The installer displays important options such as assigning file types to the archiver or adding options to the Windows Explorer context menu. It is probably a good idea to spend the extra two or so minutes to configure the behavior during setup as it may save you time later on.

The Explzh interface looks pretty much like that of any other archiving software for Windows. It features a toolbar at the top, a sidebar on the left that displays folders, and the actual archive contents on the right.

You may interact with any file directly in the interface, or extract the content to the local system instead. The program uses tabs so that you may load or create multiple archives and display them side by side in the interface.

Explzh supports Explorer Shell integration so that you may create or extract archives from Explorer’s right-click menu.

As far as support is concerned, Explzh supports major archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, CAB, ISO, or LHA, but not as many as other archive software programs support. The most common formats are supported, and that is certainly sufficient for most users.

Explzh supports all major features: view, create, edit, and extract archives, split files, create self-extracting archives, or encrypt them.

The application supports a number of features that extend the core functionality and may not be found in other popular (free) programs of its kind. It supports adding digital signatures to files, powerful “find in archive” search options, and repair and verification tools.

If you installed the optional FTP add-on, you may also upload archives to an FTP server directly from Explzh.

Closing Words

Explzh is a well designed archive software for Windows that supports all the major features that you’d expect from a program of its kind. It features a streamlined interface, support for Shell integration, and more.  It offers some features that may make it attractive to some users, e.g. the option to add digital signatures to files in an archive.

Users who run into exotic archive formats occasionally may find it less useful, as it lacks support for those.

Now You: Which archive software do you use?

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