Open Source File Archiver Utility PeaZip Releases Version 9.0

The free and open-source file archiver utility adds a ton of refinements with this upgrade.

Open Source File Archiver Utility PeaZip Releases Version 9.0

PeaZip is an open-source, cross-platform file archiver utility that supports over 200 archive formats.

It is a good utility to have installed on your Linux system if you want something that can easily handle most archiving tasks.

Now, with a recent update, PeaZip has become even better.

Let me take you through the release highlights.

🆕 PeaZip 9.0: What's New?

peazip 9.0

This release marks an essential step in PeaZip's development, with new features and overhauls implemented. Some of the highlights include:

  • Improved User Interface.
  • Enhanced Support for Various Formats.
  • Performance Improvements.
  • New options for 7z/p7zip backend.
  • Improvements to Plugins.

🎨 Improved User Interface

peazip 9.0 popup menu

The File Manager interface is now much more intuitive and can adapt according to changes in size and preferences.

It also features a new pop-up menu that can be accessed from the 'Style' menu at the top-right of the interface, which contains many options to change the behavior and appearance of PeaZip.

Enhanced Support for Various Formats

The support for ZPAQ, *PAQ and TAR formats has been improved.

In the case of ZPAQ: The zpaq archives have been tested for encryption and will ask for a password when opening, extracting, or converting such a file (if required).

Additionally.

Whenever a .zpaq file is opened or extracted, zpaq-specific options are shown in the extraction screen, avoiding going to the 'Advanced tab.'

You can also extract zpaq archives to absolute, full, or relative paths.

For PAQ: It is now possible to preview the contents of a paq8 archive, even if there is only a single file in the archive.

In the case of TAR: The generation of scripts with the 'TAR before' option has been improved, and compressed TAR archives can now be extracted in a single step (atomic tar extraction) (which is optional).

🛠️ Performance Improvements

peazip 9.0 about

PeaZip 9.0 has performance improvements in the following sectors:

  • It is now 10% faster in opening archives of more than 250,000 items while also using 10% less memory.
  • Adding files for archiving/extraction using the drag and drop method is now three times faster than before.
  • A performance bottleneck was removed during the selection of a large group of items in the file browser.

New options for 7z/p7zip backend

Various options were added for the 7z/p7zip backend that include:

  • Option for modifying the last access time of input files.
  • Option to limit the maximum usable memory during compression.
  • Option to disallow the following symbolic links/hard links for WIM and TAR archives.
💡
These options are unavailable on macOS because it uses an older version of 7z.

Improvements to Plugins

PeaZip plugins are now provided as tar archives; you can install a plugin by extracting the content to (PeaZip)/res/bin/ directory.

That's it? 🤔

Well, no. There are a couple more technical changes. You can refer to the release notes if you want to dive deep into those.

Download/Install PeaZip 9.0

For Linux, PeaZip is provided in various forms, such as DEB, RPM, a portable binary, and alternative packages with two distinct flavors, QT5 and GTK2. A Flatpak is also available.

You can head to its download page to learn about the options.