Open ZIP File format – Programs and How to

WinZIP Compressed ZIP archive file definition and 5 other types and linked programs information. Learn here how to view, extract, compress and unzip these files. What programs and software support these archive format.

ZIP files extension is a format that store other files inside it. You can view and get it downloading a program. If you want to access, view ZIP files and open it you will have to unzip (download) it.


Instructions to extract a Zip file in windows 7, 10, android and iphone


How to open In Windows 7, 10 and older

It will depend on the version of Windows you have (7,8, 10 or older).

  1. Open the page to download the Winzip It is free and you can download it to your computer.

winzip for windows

  1. If the computer has 64 bits you will have to click on WinZip for 64.
  2. Check all versions.
  3. When you launch the app you can extract all.
  4. At the end of the process you will see the folder with all the extracted files.


How to open On iphone


    1. Download iZip, easy and simple software. You can get it from the app store.
    2. Open it.
    3. The application itself will tell you the instructions. Follow all the steps.
    4. Click on the icon
    5. Press OK in the iZip icon
    6. You now can view the contents.
    7. Your decompression will start.

how to open On Android


  1. Locate the zip file on your mobile.
  2. Open the folder where you have it.
  3. Download WinRar for android (it is a free application).
  4. Launch it.
  5. Now you can view the zipped contents.
  6. You can now compress and decompress and extract with this app



How to unzip online without winzip

If you want to do it without winzip you can do it online. No need to download programs.

unzip online

  1. Go to unzip-online.
  2. Click on “uncompress files.
  3. Click on choose file to upload the Zip file to the site.
  4. Click on uncompress file.
  5. Your file will be now unzipped.


How to Convert .ZIP Files

You can convert a ZIP file to another extension like RAR, 7Z, TGZ, LGH, CAB, TAR.

The best online zip file converter available is Zamzar.


  1. Go to its website.
  2. Upload the zip file
  3. Convert it to the format you want from the available formats.
  4. Download the converted file.


How to Create a .ZIP file

To create ZIP files I prefer using WInzip the original either trial or the full version with license.


If you want to do it online you can try ezyzip.
  1. Go to
  2. Click on Choose files to select the ones to archive.
  3. Then, click on zip files to create it.
  4. Now you can download it to your device.


How to Open ZIP Files


The zip file is used by following type(s):

WinZIP Compressed ZIP archive

The ZIP file suffix represents compressed archive in ZIP compression format. ZIP is very popular compression format that is supported by variety compression tools.


Programs that open zip file:

  • Advanced Archive Repair (Microsoft Windows)
  • Advanced Zip Repair
  • ALZip
  • ALZip for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • Archiver (RuckSack) (Apple OS X)
  • Astrotite (Microsoft Windows)
  • B1 Free Archiver (multiplatform software)
  • EZ7z for Mac OS X (Apple OS X)
  • IZArc (Microsoft Windows)
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PeaZip (multiplatform software)
  • PKZIP for Windows
  • sArchiver (Apple OS X)
  • StuffIt Expander (Microsoft Windows)
  • The Unarchiver (Apple OS X)
  • USB Flash Drive for iOS (iOS)
  • WinRAR (Microsoft Windows)
  • WinZip (Microsoft Windows)
  • WinZip Command Line Support Add-On
  • WinZip Companion for Outlook 1.0
  • WinZip Mac Edition (Apple OS X)
  • Xarchiver (Linux)
  • Zipeg (Microsoft Windows)
  • Zipeg for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • ZIPGenius (Microsoft Windows)
  • ZipIt (Apple OS X)
  • ZipStar (Microsoft Windows)
  • ZipZag (Microsoft Windows)


Back4Win backup archive files

File extension used by Back4Win backup software.


Software to open zip file:

  • Back4Win (Microsoft Windows)


Game resource archive files

The ZIP file extension is also sometimes used for resource files in various computer games.

These .zip files cannot be extracted as common ZIP archives. But may be extracted with specialized tools, often used by modders. As any other game resource archives, these files can contain various data used in games. Examples are sounds, graphics, texts, maps etc.

Reported games that use ZIP format for their resource files:

  • FireStarter
  • Falcon 4.0
  • Hitman: Bloodmoney
  • The Hitman: Contracts
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
  • Slave Zero
  • Dethkarz
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Empire Earth 2
  • and probably many other…


Programs that open zip files

  • Dethkarz (Microsoft Windows)
  • Dragon UnPACKer (Microsoft Windows)
  • Empire Earth 2 (Microsoft Windows)
  • Falcon 4.0 (Microsoft Windows)
  • FireStarter (Microsoft Windows)
  • Freedom Fighters (Microsoft Windows)
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (Microsoft Windows)
  • Hitman: Bloodmoney (Microsoft Windows)
  • The Hitman: Contracts (Microsoft Windows)
  • Slave Zero (Microsoft Windows)


ObjectBar theme pack files format

It is associated with ObjectBar. It allows users to create:
  • their own custom Start Bars,
  • finders,
  • pop-up menus,
  • program launchers,
  • wharfs,
  • docks
Stardock Corporation developed it.
ObjectBar has everything you need to build your own unique Windows desktop environment. Every OS has its own way of accessing programs, tasks, and information. ObjectBar takes the best from those OSes and gives you the power to build your own.
ObjectBar also comes with a set of very high quality, easy to use interfaces. They can take your Windows desktop to the next level. It is completely customizable

The *.zip files are used for theme pack.


  • ObjectBar (Microsoft Windows)


Oolite eXpansion pack files

ZIP suffix is associated with Oolite. It contains eXpansion pack.



  • Oolite (Microsoft Windows)