Haozip: powerful free archiving manager

Haozip is a powerful free archive manager. It can compress and extract archives in 7z, ZIP and TAR formats and can extract RAR, ISO, UDF, ISZ, ACE, UUE, CAB, Bzip2, ARJ, JAR, LZH, RPM, Z, LZMA, NSIS, CHM, DMG, HFS, WIM, DEB, MSI, CPIO, XAR and other compression formats.

Haozip is a full-featured archiving tool supporting drag and drop operations, Windows context menu integration, corrupted archive repair and creating self extracting archives. Haozip also provides some handy tools, such as a built-in image viewer which enables you to preview the image files in the compressed files without extracting them and an intenal MD5 calculator.

Haozip offers an easy-to-use interface similar to the popular shareware Winrar. It also supports skins, so you can customize how it looks.

[Editor’s note: this review was guest written by reader Terry Chen].

Pros:

  • Compatible with Windows XP,Vista and Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit
  • Supports a wide range of major compression formats
  • Full-featured program offering archive splitting, joining, conversion, encryption, self-extraction and so on
  • HaoZip Screenshot2 - context menuIntegrates well in the Windows context menu (32 and 64 bit) and you can customize the menu to display Haozip’s options in the Windows context menu itself or in a cascading submenu (such as in the screenshot to the right).
  • Runs fast and uses little resources(approximately 10mb of memory on runtime)
  • Provides many built-in tools, such as a image viewer, an MD5 calculator and a batch renaming tool
  • Looks good and supports skins
  • Easy to use

Wish list:

  1. Create self-extract archives for other compression formats
  2. Create archives in more formats

The verdict: Haozip is a full-featured archive manager which is powerful and easy-to-use. It has a good-looking interface and offers some built-in handy tools. Although it doesn’t support too many archive formats, I believe that it is still one of the best free archiving managers out there.

Version Tested: V2.1 (Build 5278)

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit.

Go to the program’s English page to download the latest version  – approx 8.25 megs.


 
 
 
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  • Don T

    Don’t waste your time with this.. Like everything Chinese, this website makes absolutely no sense and circular references await those who try.

    This USED TO BE a credible website. Evidently, now it has turned into less than that (and such is a CHARITABLE comment).

    • Samer

      @ Don T: you’re doing every other reader a disservice with your comment suggesting “circular references” and some sort of unpleasant experience. Your comment is in fact the opposite of charitable; it is misleading and inaccurate.

      This program is an excellent one. If you read what I wrote above all you need to do is follow the link to the translated download page above (here) and find the “Good pressure multi-language version (32/64 bit Combo Version)” and the download link associated with it.

      It really wasn’t difficult for me to find and download and I doubt that it would be for 90% of readers. Look, the developers are Chinese and they only have a Chinese website, although they do have an English version of the program. They don’t “owe” it to anybody to have an English website, so if that’s a deal breaker for you then so be it. But to get pissed off and suggest that somehow there is something shady going on — that’s just not cool.

      And oh by the way, I’m the one being charitable in my response when your original comment wasn’t.

  • Lai
  • http://blog.sina.cn/stjzcm stjzcm

    @Don T:
    I think the website is trustworthy and different from some Chinese websites that makes no sense. I believe that Haozip is a good tool that some people may like.
    @Lai:
    Thanks for your comments! I didn’t know that the portable version supports multiple languages.

  • Jay

    Samer, how on earth did you manage to set the language to English?

    I tried setting the language through the menu shortcut (underlined ‘W’) just to the left of the help menu (underlined ‘H). However none of the options I choose bring it to English. Everything in this “multi-language” program is Chinese!

  • Jay

    Update: I discovered I had downloaded (through the ‘Local Download’ link) and installed the Chinese version of the program. This is the what’s available by default on the homepage too.

    The link for a multi-language version (almost double in size!) is available down the page Samer mentioned. The user interface is beautiful with lots of options to customize, like creating profiles to suit different environments. Thanks Terry and Samer for the post.

    Use this direct link http://download.haozip.com/haozip_v2.1.5278.multi.exe

  • http://blog.sina.cn/stjzcm Terry Chen

    @Jay:Thanks for giving the direct link!
    @Samer: Thanks for informing people of the way to download the multi-language version!

    BTW, I’ve contacted the developers of Haozip and they are very happy to know that people consider their software helpful. I suggested the studio to establish an English website and they said they would take this into consideration if more people used Haozip.

  • Gizmo_Ger

    Well, this piece of software looks promising. Thanks for sharing the info and the link.
    But has anyone noticed that it looks very much like WinRAR? Have a look at the options – almost identical. Coincidence? Anyhow, I´ll give it a try

  • MCHAL

    Thanks, Samer. Nice and cool program!

    Sorry for being off-topic. I guess that maybe you might interested in reviewing this office suite. Everybody knows Ashampoo, OK? But in fact this one is developed by SoftMaker (it’s just kind of cobranding here). It doesn’t expire, it’s no trial and it makes perfect PDF files! See here:

    http://www.softmaker.de/reg/ash08_en.htm (to get the license key)

    http://www.softmaker.net/down/ofw08charity.exe (get the suite from
    this link)

    Greetings from Brazil.

  • desslok

    Wow, so many Chinese apologists.

    The package includes Rar.exe. That’s NOT a free unpacking component. What do you expect from the Chinese again?

    • Samer

      @desslok: remind me again, what it is exactly that requires an apology? That they don’t have an English website? What is it with these strange comments.

      As for Rar.exe, generally speaking I do not personally worry about the licensing issues involved in different components or libraries or tools in the free software that I use. I presume Winrar has terms and lawyers and whatever and I’m not even going to look into it.

  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    And how does this compare to PeaZip ?

  • Samer

    @ Carbonize: I’m finding Haozip to offer better performance that Peazip in unpacking huge multi-file rar files. It also has a nice Winrar- like interface. Like I mentioned above I have been using it as my main archiver.

    Sorry for the late reply, btw, but I somehow missed your comment earlier.

  • Joe Davis

    Excellent program. For those who are having problems because the website is in Chinese you may want to try using Google search and select translate instead of going directly into the website. My newest most favorite archiver. Thanks for sharing Samer.

  • Jezze

    Absolutely great compression tool! The only point of criticism from my point of view is that it does not support the window dock behavior, like Windows-Key + Left/Up/Right or via drag and drop to the screen border.

  • i604

    Hiya. Used Peazip AND KGB Archiver (Try it!) for years. I’ll check this-less-know app for mere curiosity.

  • http://webcafe.net.hr/2011/06/27/0482007.56.jpg Sole42

    Unworthy.
    Worst of all this is a total WinRAR clone, not to mention that it infringes copyrights as it distributes copyrighted Microsoft fonts.
    I didnt’ expect any better from chinese warez anyway.

  • Ricky

    First thank you for this post… !! The letters dosen’t appear magically on the screen.. someone has to write them down.. and that not only takes time, but also energy and willing. (Not to mention the research to provide the accurate review) so big thanks for that.

    As for the program, one of nicest piece of software I’ve been used in the last years !! I’ve tested winrar, winzip side by side with this one.. and by far I choose this one !!

    Give it a try.. you’ll never regret it

  • khash

    please don’t use Chinese products just as kingsoft office is a blatant copy of microsoft office haozip is a copy of winrar it makes no sense to use free programs if you effectively are using stolen programs labeled and by the way the chinese have a history of bundling spyware in there programs as well…

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