LZH File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a LZH file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .LZH files.

What is a LZH file?

A .LZH file is a LHARC/LZARK Compressed Archive file. Files that contain the .LZH file extension are compressed archive files. This particular file extension is given to archive files that have been compressed with the Lempel-Ziv and Haruyasu compression algorithms, named after the inventors.

Sometimes you will find the same type of file with file extension LHA instead of LZH.

The LZH file format is used when a user wants to take a batch of files or a single large file and compress the data into a single, compressed file archive.The LZH format is largely obsolete and replaced by formats like ZIP and 7z.

How to open LZH files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension LZH for different purposes. We have identified 5 LZH openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of LZH file.

Programs that open these files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
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Suggest another file format using extension LZH

While we know of one file format using the .LZH file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .LZH file.