Software Update: PeaZip 8.2.0

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Version 8.2.0 of PeaZip has been released. This archiving program is made available under an open source license, and downloads are available for Windows and Linux. The program aims to distinguish itself from the competition by specializing in safety. Encrypting data is therefore one of the main functions of the proprietary system pea format. PeaZip can create 7z, bz2, gz, paq/lpaq, pea, quad, tar, upx and zip files, and extract various file formats including ace, arj, cab, deb, iso, lha , rar and rpm. The following changes and improvements have been made in this release:


  • (Linux) Updated Brotli to 1.0.9 version
  • (Linux) Added read support (browse / test / extract) to Lzip .lz file type
  • Added support for .apkm, .apks, and .aab packages Android package formats


  • (Linux) maximum length of CL generated on Linux systems is now increased to 128 K characters in contrast to much more limited 32 K characters allowed on Windows systems
  • About screen now displays information about widget set and CPU architecture of the build for better troubleshooting
  • Improved command line usage
    • New res\batch\ folder containing sample scripts pointing to main app functions to help portabilize and deploy the application on multiple environments: the directory contains sample .bat scripts (Windows), SendTo menu links (Windows), freedesktop_integration examples (Linux) and will expand into future.
    • Fixed -add27z, -add2zip and related switches: when multiple items are passed the archive is named accordingly the directory name of first item, as in the GUI version of the same action
    • New -ext2here, -ext2folder (alias -ext2smart), -ext2newfolder switches for CL, executing single or multiple tasks as a single sequence of extract here, extract here smart folder, and extract here to new folder respectively
      • Extraction to new folder can now be forced to use smart folder option (-ext2folder, alias -ext2smart) or to not use it (-ext2newfolder)
      • With new extraction functions extraction of multiple items can run in a single instance without stealing the focus each time the next task in sequence is started
      • SendTo links to extraction functions are updated to use those new functions for better handling of queues of multiple tasks, now matching features provided by context menu entries but with advantages of being cross platform, not suffering artificial limitation of input items number, and being much more faster and cpu/memory efficient in receiving input list from system to application
      • Previous version of same switches, not running as a single instance queue, are available with “_” suffix, ie -ext2here_; in this way existing scripts does not need to be updated to benefit of new functions, but can be easily adapted to use old version of the switches if preferred
  • Improved generation of more compact command lines from GUI, with better detection of cases of automatic switch to “extract all”
  • Various fixes
    • Fixed breadcrumb for “Open unit as archive” in context menu, File manager > System tools
    • Fixed deselecting “TAR before” and selecting “Add each object to a separate archive” it is now possible to create multiple archive at once for types such as bz2, br, gz, zst

File Manager

  • (Linux) Improved system directories shown by default in navigation tree on the left of file manager
  • (Linux) Updated list of apps automatically detected for Open with submenu; apps and scripts can be customized in Options > Settings, Applications tab
  • (Linux) Enabled System tools submenu in context menu > File manager
  • (Windows) Improved and re-organized System tools submenu in context menu > File manager
  • Improved archive browser
    • Added Method column to display compression/encryption method for each single object (this column is enabled by default)
    • Added Created and Accessed timestamps columns in addition to existing Modified timestamp column (those columns are disabled by default)
    • The new columns can be enabled/disabled from columns header’s context menu, and from main menu > Organize > Browser > Columns; if enabled, those columns are automatically shown browsing archives and hidden browsing the fileystem
    • Folders in 7z/p7zip archives now show number of contained folders, files, and total uncompressed size (displayed in same column of files’ checksums)
      • This feature is limited on basis of the number of items contained in the archive, and can be tuned from “Browser optimization” dropdown menu in Options > Settings, General tab Performances group
  • New Ctrl+Alt+A link to autoadjust file browser columns
  • Themes: added “Presets” link on the right of Application accent color picker, allowing to quickly customize both application and text accent colors accordingly to common color themes of reference Operating Systems eg Mint, Ubuntu, Windows

Extraction and Archiving

  • Added XZ (Linux, Windows) and Zstd (Linux) as optional algorithms for ZIP/ZIPX compression, from Advanced tab in archiving / conversion screen
  • Improved extraction
    • Added option to skip testing for encryption on extraction, suppressing password requests
    • Improved Interactive extraction option
    • Empty folder is now removed in case of error with Extract to new folder
    • Naming policy dropdown menu is enabled with “Interactive extraction”, allowing to resolve issues of conflicting filenames in the same archive
    • New “Keep files” link in extraction progress windows in case of errors “Interactive extraction”, allows to preserve extracted files which would be otherwise automatically deleted
  • New “Store all timestamps” option (checked by default) is available in Archiving / Conversion screen
    • If this option is active, created, modified, last access time are saved to archive rather than modified timestamp only; formats supporting this feature are: 7Z, RAR, ZIP
  • Improved raw file spanning, it is now possible to submit multiple separate input files at once to be split to specified size
  • Improved support for .xxxaa spanned files from Unix/Linux split command
  • New option for default behavior at application startup: Extract all here (smart new folder)
    • This option can be set from Options > Settings > Archive manager
    • Doubleclicking on an a file of associated type, or clicking Open from context menu on a group of selected files associated with PeaZip, the selected action is performed
    • Available actions: Open (default), Open as archive (force trying to open file as archive), Extract (showing options and confirmation screen), Extract all here, Extract all here (smart new folder)

Windows & Linux Installers

  • (Windows) SendTo menu entries use new extraction functions, more efficient for handling queues of multiple tasks, and “Extract here (smart new folder)” replaces “Extract here (in new folder)”
    • With this update SendTo functions provides same features provided by context menu entries, but much more faster and efficient and without artificial limitation in terms of number of input items
  • (Linux) Improved Linux installers
    • install the app in /opt/peazip directory (non capitalized)
    • configuration files are saved in .PeaZip directory in user’s home as in previous releases
    • link peazip binary in /usr/bin
    • place peazip.desktop file in /usr/share/applications
    • place peazip.png icon in /usr/share/icons, /usr/share/pixmaps for DEB packages
    • optional .desktop files and icons are available in (peazip)/res/batch/freedesktop_integration to provide direct access to specific functions even on DE not supporting Actions
    • (DEB) place machine readable copyright file in /usr/share/doc/peazip
    • (DEB) packages are now named following Debian naming standard; all other packages – Windows, Linux, portable – follows RedHat naming standard

Version number 8.2.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, BSD, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
Website PeaZip
License type GPL
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