A new version of PeaZip, a popular free, open-source archive manager for Windows, macOS, and Linux, is available to download.
PeaZip 9.7 is the first release to offer a native build for AArch64/ARM64 Linux systems, allowing anyone to use PeaZip on the Raspberry Pi 4 & 5, the PineBook Pro, Lenovo X13s Gen 1, and other 64-bit ARM devices.
Although an experimental test build and community-based ports of PeaZip for ARM have been around for a while this is the first formal, native, official, etc build — though it’s only provided as a portable build (i.e. not a DEB or RPM).
Also improved in this release is PeaZip’s scripting generation engine, which gains an option to use strdin/stdout pipe for making and extracting TAR archives. This doesn’t affect the GUI app (which most people use) rather scripts generated using the app but run independently.
Additionally, PeaZip 9.7 supports Brotli 1.1.0 and Zstd 1.5.5 backends; allows smart filename sorting in the file browser to be turned on/off; improves the loading of translations; and fixes an Qt5 selection issue.
Visually, PeaZip offer an improved “button” alternative tab style, with vertical tabs in Options screen themed according the underlying theme’s tab style.
See the official PeaZip changelog for more more details.
Download PeaZip 9.7
Both places provides installers for Windows, macOS, and Linux, with the latter offering DEB installers for Ubuntu.
Alternatively, PeaZip is available on Flathub.
Why use PeaZip?
Ubuntu offers the File Roller archive manager by default (plus the Nautilus file manager can perform basic extract and zipping natively). For most of us, that’s all we’ll ever need.
But for for more advanced needs PeaZip provides a solid alternative, especially if you need to work with less-common archive formats, or tackle more advanced tasks that may benefit from scripting.
PeaZip supports ZIP, RAR, TAR, ZST, and 7z archives (among many others); passwords and AES encryption; the ability to split and merge archives; batch processing; a file browser to look within archives prior to extraction; and excellent performance even on lower-end devices.