PeaZip 6.5 archiver update comes with big improvements

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 23, 2017

If you use the file archiving software PeaZip already, you may want to grab the recently released PeaZip 6.5 as quickly as possible as it introduces some interesting features to the application.

PeaZip is a popular file archiver for Windows that is available as a portable version and installer. It ticks all the right boxes when it comes to support for formats and functionality. I do like Bandizip a bit better still, but PeaZip is an excellent program after all in that niche.

The program is compatible with all recent (and even some unsupported) versions of Windows, as well as ReactOS and Wine. Existing users may run update checks by selecting Help > Check for updates, but downloads are also available on the official website.

PeaZip 6.5

PeaZip 6.5 includes improvements to the program's functionality that may appeal to a lot of users. One of the new features is support for browsing broken archives. The program comes with an option in version 65. that you can check to have the program try and load broken archives. It refuses to do so otherwise.

Do the following to configure that option:

  1. Select Options > Settings in the program.
  2. Switch to Archive Manager.
  3. Locate "Try to open archives containing errors", and enable the option by checking it.
  4. Select OK.

PeaZip attempts to load broken archives from that moment on. While there is no guarantee that it will work for a broken archive, as it depends largely on how broken it really is, it may help you extract some of the files the archives contains.

Another new option is the ability to move and rename objects inside archives that use the 7-Zip format. Instead of having to extract these archives, running the file operations, and then compressing the files again, it is now possible to do so directly in the interface.

PeaZip 6.5 includes the following features on top of those already mentioned:

  • New Option to highlight context dependent preferences in the options (Settings > General > Show which options are volatile / context dependent).
  • New Privacy directive option in Options (Settings > General > Privacy / Reset: don't ask for password on startup, ask to set password on startup, ask to set password on startup (mandatory))
  • Improved WIM format support.
  • Scheduled deletion will stop after archiving or extracting operations if errors are detected.
  • Archive conversion improvements when converting password protected archives to another format. You can check the "change password" box to apply a new password to the converted archive. Also, password test is run during decompression stage.
  • Themes and GUI updated.
  • Libraries updated, e.g. UPX and 7z.

Closing Words

PeaZip is a good file archiver for Windows. The update to version 6.5 improves the program further, but it depends on how you use the program if you find these additions useful or not.

Now You: Which file archiver do you use, and why?

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  1. Stefan said on October 24, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Is this malware Candy-something still bundled as it was a while ago ? I know You can add something like /nocandy or something to not have it installed. Anyone know ?

    1. Jessica said on October 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      PeaZip used to have two installers: one with adware and another without. Only the latter remains and this has been the case for at least the past year or two.

  2. Clairvaux said on October 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Also, Pea Zip actually has some online help. Plus, the developer was so bonkers as to stoop to writing (and illustrating) an actual pdf manual. Imagine that. Trying to help users understand and use your program. With a written document. A document you can store on your computer. Totally obsolete concept.

    I just realised that Pea Zip was unique (I think) in that it had secure erase tools both for individual files, and blank disk space. Wrapped under a nice, honest-to-God interface. Please don’t tell me again about Bleach Bit. I just used it yesterday once again to erase some files, and so much user interface stupidity hurts.

    Pea Zip’s author even explains the pros and cons of each erasing method, in terms anyone can understand. This man must be mad. Please tell him to stop helping people, he’s ruining the business.

    1. eaux lordy said on October 24, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Well, you got Bleachbit right anyhow. It’s janky and bad, but better than nothing on Linux.

      The rest is pedantry that would make Andy Rooney proud. You can’t expect the world to change its nomenclature to your idea of what it should be. We park on driveways and drive on parkways. *shrug*

      1. Clairvaux said on October 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Of course I can expect “the world” (whatever that means) to change its nomenclature to my idea of what it should be. That’s called freedom of thought, creativity, invention… all those little things that made personal computing in the first place. And civilisation, if that bears any meaning to you.

        If you’re glad with being a slave to the current state of things and whatever others have decided previously, good for you. What does not cease to amaze me is the number of people that would boast about that, and berate others for their freedom of mind. It seems that many people hate liberty.

        Incidentally, Bandizip and Pea Zip prove that things can, and do change. Thank God, not all people think that inventing new and better ways to do things is “pedantry”, otherwise we’d still be stuck with MS-DOS and green-on-black screens.

  3. Clairvaux said on October 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I hate hate hate archives and compression tools and zip files. I think the developers of those programs need to be hanged upside down in a public square. They are so user-hostile they discourage use. The user interaction concepts are completely counter-intuitive, and that’s probably because they were developed by and for developers.

    Until, that is, Bandizip, which I probably discovered here and is the closest to a program usable by human beings.

    Hell, even the vocabulary is stupid. Why an archive ? What in the world tells you an archive is compressed ? The whole bloody point is the program compresses files, and then you can use that capability to archive data. Or hang the files in your bathroom, or whatever.

    Why extract ? You don’t extract, you decompress, or expand. And so on and so forth. So yes, tolerably unstupid programs such as Pea Zip are welcome (not PeaZip, languages have rules, and company bosses don’t get to set them).

  4. Sputnik said on October 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Martin.

    You should verify the certification of your website. On Firefox and also on QuiteRSS I frequently receive messages about that.


    In QuiteRSS :
    -The host name did not match any of the valid hosts for this certificate.
    -The issuer certificate of a locally looked up certificate could not be found.
    -No certificates could be verified.

    The connexion with your website is not securized in any way since your website’s certificate expired on September 18, 2017.

    Thank you.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Hi, I’m getting good ratings and the cert expires in more than 150 days.

      Can you check the cert in Firefox and capture a screenshot of the info?

      1. Sputnik said on October 24, 2017 at 4:21 am

        Hi Martin.

        I just want to say first to everybody that you have been very reactive on this issue : we have contacted each other by email to resolve the problem, but infortunately we didn’t find any solution.

        The problem was not with ghacks but with my own browser : I have restored the last OS’ good image, I have updated all my softwares, including the browser, and now the problem is gone. I think that the browser was corrupted.

        Thank you very much for your help, Martin, and sorry about that.


      2. Martin Brinkmann said on October 24, 2017 at 5:39 am

        Hi Sputnik, thanks for letting me know. I’m happy that you resolved it, and that it was not caused by the site ;)

    2. Jessica said on October 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      The certificate uses TLS 1.3 on compatible browsers and, iirc, TLS 1.2 on browsers that do not yet support TLS 1.3. Which version of Firefox are you using? Also check your PC’s clock.

  5. Keith S. said on October 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks very much for the article! I’ve been using Bandizip for years, but I’m going to try PeaZip as an alternative (nothing wrong with Bandizip, but it does become unresponsive sometimes).

  6. Alex K. said on October 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Windows 10 FCU SmartScreen is completely blocking the installer of this program. =\

    1. Jessica said on October 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      You can manage SmartScreen’s behavior from the Windows Defender Security Center under the “App & browser control” section. There, you have individual settings for checking files and apps to assess their public recognition and reputation, for Edge’s malware and phishing filter (Internet Explorer also uses it since IE7 but its settings are independent and thus have to be managed from within its UI and/or the legacy Internet Options dialog), and for monitoring web content used within Microsoft Store apps.

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