ZIP File Type

- The quick facts

What are ZIP files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a ZIP file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a ZIP file?

A .ZIP file is a ZIP compressed archive file.

A Zip file is a compressed archive file used to make large files and collections of files more manageable to the user.

When a .zip file is created, data is compressed to reduce the file size. Multiple files can be combined into a single Zip folder, making it easier to upload, download or email a volume of files. When opening a file with a .zip extension, you can extract a single file or the entire directory structure.

The Zip file format makes sharing documents and files much easier. For example, if you had twenty separate documents that you wanted to email, you could compress them all into a single .zip file rather than uploading each one individually. Some Zip files can be encrypted to protect the content.

How to open ZIP files

We have identified 5 ZIP openers that are compatible with this specific type of ZIP file.

Programs that open ZIP compressed archive files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderVerified

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension ZIP

While we know of one file format using the .ZIP 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 .ZIP file.