A New Version of 7-Zip Released with A Lot of New Features

7-Zip, one of the most popular archiving tool, finally has a new version 15.12 released just a couple days ago on Nov. 19, 2015. Believe it or not, the last stable version 9.20 was released on Nov. 18, 2010. That’s a full 5 year gap in between these 2 versions. And that’s how long we’ve been waiting too.

7-Zip about screen

I am a huge fan of this awesome open-source WinZip/WinRAR alternative. It’s basically my go-to tool for all my zipping, compressing and archiving needs. And I am glad finally seeing a new version coming out with a lot of new features and improvements.

One of the important improvements is that it’s now able to unpack a much wider range of format files than before, including

  • RAR5 archive files that previous version wasn’t able to deal with.
  • Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, and multivolume VMDK images
  • GPT images and single file QCOW2, VMDK, and VDI images.
  • Solid WIM archives with LZMS compression.
  • ZipX (WinZip) archives that use xz compression.
  • UEFI BIOS files.

Here are some other new improvements since the last stable version:

  • A lot of new command line switches added, such as -rn to rename files in archives, -h to calculate hash values, -SPF to store full file paths including drive letter to achieve, etc.
  • Supports files larger than 5GiB in ISO archives.
  • Uses progress indicator displayed on a taskbar button under Windows 7.
  • Much improved 7-Zip File Manager, such as using RAM buffers instead of temp files to open nested archives, moving files to archives, etc.
  • Etc.

The minimum supported system is Windows 2000. Both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are fully supported. You can download the latest release of 7-Zip on its official website.

If you are using 7-Zip today, you should upgrade it to the latest version. If you haven’t started using it, it’s time to use it now.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/19/2015

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