Compression utility

Updated: 07/31/2022 by Computer Hope
compression utility

A compression program or compression utility is a software program that compresses and decompresses various file types.

Most operating systems include tools for compressing and uncompressing files. For example, latest versions of Microsoft Windows include a compression utility for creating and extracting .zip files and Linux has tools for both .tar.gz and .zip. Other compressed files, like .7z and .rar, require a third-party compression utility to be installed, such as the ones listed below.

Example of compression utilities

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