Files with zip is associated with the WinZip compression tool. ZIP file is compressed archive container that contains archived files, compressed in ZIP compression format. Common archive format that can be extracted with any archiving tool.

There are 3 other file types using
the ZIP file extension!

zip - ObjectBar theme pack file format

empty - Game resource archive

empty - Oolite eXpansion pack

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Software that open zip file

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ZIP file extension - Compressed ZIP archive

What is zip file? How to open zip files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

Backup file type icon Backup file type

zip file icon: zip filetype icon

File extension zip is used for the default archive format of WinZip archiver, a powerful and easy-to-use tool that quickly zips and unzips files to conserve more disk space and greatly reduce files and e-mails transmission time.

The zip file is a compressed archive created with the various programs supporting ZIP compression. Microsoft Windows supports creating compressed zip files by default. You can create zip archives in Windows Explorer by using file context menu and Send to → Compressed folder (zip method). This will create zip file of any selected folder or files in your computer.

MIME types used for zip files:

Updated: December 28, 2022

The default software associated to open zip file:

WinZip icon

WinZip Computing, S.L. logoWinZip  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
WinZip Computing, S.L.

A very popular shareware archiver for Microsoft Windows. The first release of WinZip was in 1991. WinZip supports ZIP, ARJ, ARC, LHA, BZ2 and RAR archive formats. ZIP archives can be encrypted by the 128- and 256-bit key AES encryption.

The developer of WinZip was acquired by Corel in 2006 and first version for Mac appeared in 2010.

WinZip Mac Edition icon

WinZip Computing, S.L. logoWinZip Mac Edition  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
WinZip Computing, S.L.

WinZip Mac Edition is compression utility used to create and extract ZIP archives specifically designed for Mac OS X. WinZip for Mac also supports other archive formats such as  BZ2, RAR, BZIP, WavPack etc..

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Help how to open:

Any current archiving tool is able to work with *.zip files. ZIP file format is widely supported by many apps on all platforms.

How to convert:

The easiest way how to convert ZIP archive is to decompress the ZIP archive with the use of WinZIP and repack the content with another compression utility of your choice.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 50 4B 03 04
ASCII code: PK

List of software applications associated to the .zip file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open zip file, edit zip file, convert zip file, view zip file, play zip file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting zip files.

Software that open zip file - Compressed ZIP archive

Programs supporting the exension zip on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open zip file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with zip file by default:
WinZip small icon WinZip
Other suggested software:
WinRAR small icon WinRAR
Microsoft Windows small icon Microsoft Windows
B1 Free Archiver small icon B1 Free Archiver
PeaZip small icon PeaZip
ALZip small icon ALZip
ZipZag small icon ZipZag
Zipeg small icon Zipeg
ZIPGenius small icon ZIPGenius

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with zip file by default:
WinZip Mac Edition small icon WinZip Mac Edition
Other suggested software:
ALZip for Mac small icon ALZip for Mac
Zipeg for Mac small icon Zipeg for Mac
sArchiver small icon sArchiver
Archiver (RuckSack) small icon Archiver (RuckSack)
StuffIt for Mac small icon StuffIt for Mac
StuffIt Deluxe for Mac small icon StuffIt Deluxe for Mac
Decompressor small icon Decompressor


Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices):

Google Android:

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