A look at the archiver Explzh

Martin Brinkmann
May 12, 2019

Explzh is a free software for Microsoft's Windows operating system to manage -- create, extract, change -- archives using an Explorer-like interface.

There is certainly no shortage when it comes to software programs for archive file formats such as ZIP, RAR, or ISO.

A strong commercial selection -- WinZip or WinRar -- and an even better selection of free solutions -- Bandizip, 7-Zip, PeaZip -- compete in the niche.

Explzh falls right in line with other free offerings: it is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for Windows, and supports all features that you expect to see in an archive software.

You can download and install the application from the developer website. A portable version is not offered, but you may download add-ons to extend the functionality (FTP, SFX, and Decoder add-ons available).


The installer displays important options such as assigning file types to the archiver or adding options to the Windows Explorer context menu. It is probably a good idea to spend the extra two or so minutes to configure the behavior during setup as it may save you time later on.

The Explzh interface looks pretty much like that of any other archiving software for Windows. It features a toolbar at the top, a sidebar on the left that displays folders, and the actual archive contents on the right.

You may interact with any file directly in the interface, or extract the content to the local system instead. The program uses tabs so that you may load or create multiple archives and display them side by side in the interface.

Explzh supports Explorer Shell integration so that you may create or extract archives from Explorer's right-click menu.

As far as support is concerned, Explzh supports major archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, CAB, ISO, or LHA, but not as many as other archive software programs support. The most common formats are supported, and that is certainly sufficient for most users.

Explzh supports all major features: view, create, edit, and extract archives, split files, create self-extracting archives, or encrypt them.

The application supports a number of features that extend the core functionality and may not be found in other popular (free) programs of its kind. It supports adding digital signatures to files, powerful "find in archive" search options, and repair and verification tools.

If you installed the optional FTP add-on, you may also upload archives to an FTP server directly from Explzh.

Closing Words

Explzh is a well designed archive software for Windows that supports all the major features that you'd expect from a program of its kind. It features a streamlined interface, support for Shell integration, and more.  It offers some features that may make it attractive to some users, e.g. the option to add digital signatures to files in an archive.

Users who run into exotic archive formats occasionally may find it less useful, as it lacks support for those.

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  1. Apparition said on May 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I like Bandizip, because it supports ZIPX. I’ve found ZIPX to give really good compression results, about 60% the size of regular ZIP archives.

    1. Heat Seeking Moisture Missile said on May 14, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Lol I’ve never heard of this format and never seen any files…i bet it’s still inferior to rar.

  2. Robert said on May 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Does it have auto-update function without asking for Administrator Rights? I’m still looking for something like this,
    Right now i’m using Breezip in Microsoft Store cuz it auto-updates without prompting anything,
    The only problem found is that its slower than general common extractors

  3. wazz said on May 13, 2019 at 4:52 am

    ok, so basically LHA for windows…

  4. Anonee said on May 13, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Worst program name ever…

  5. UNcompress said on May 13, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I have used Bandizip, 7-Zip, PeaZip but im looking for some drag n drop to zip and unzip (also rar and 7z would be great)

  6. Ninja said on May 12, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    It expands LZH Files.

    Long live PON SOTWARE !!!

  7. VioletMoon said on May 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Maybe something like Extract Please–rather an old archiving program.

    Could try and package it with Cameyo.

  8. Lambo-San said on May 12, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I like the old school feel of the icons and UI, I miss those nowadays, but does it do anything better than BandiZip?

  9. ULBoom said on May 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    We use 7Zip. No particular reason beyond adopting it when winzip wasn’t bundled for a while years ago.

    Pronunciation guide for “Explzh”?

    1. Doc said on May 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      LZH is an old archive format that was popular on the Amiga.

  10. Jeff said on May 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Does the toolbar have option to display text labels for the buttons?

  11. Alex said on May 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I have been using IZarc for a long time.

    1. Paul(us) said on May 12, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Alex for the link.
      Too bad, there is no more information anywhere as I can see so far than a picture
      ( https://www.ponsoftware.com/en/archiver/explzh/ftpimg.htm ).

      I know that a picture says more than a thousand words and probably it will work together with main FileZilla 64 Bit v. 3.42.1 but I like to install, not only with the assumption that it will work.
      This because then I think the ice is a little too thin to walk on.

  12. Paul(us) said on May 12, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Looks quit promising and It would be almost perfect when there is also a 64/32 bit portable version.

    Really to bad that there are no available F.A.Q, online help, or any other helpful webpage to read, this because the only available language seems to be Japanese.
    There are Englisch language flags on the website so possible in the future the website is going to support Englisch but when?

    I ask this not only because I want to find out about not only the possibilities from the available functions but also I want to install the optional FTP add-on, but where to find it?
    Possible there is even more available but I can’t read it?

    Does anybody know where I can get an Englisch manual?

  13. Off! said on May 12, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I nominate this software for worst app name discovered in 2019.

  14. Darren said on May 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Commence fighting over best compression program in 3,2,1…

    I use Winrar for backups and find it’s command line abilities pretty thorough. How do any of the fee offerings compare in this?

    1. mic said on May 13, 2019 at 4:43 am

      Is it possible to unpack exe files with it?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 13, 2019 at 5:51 am

        It supports MSI but I don’t think EXE is supported.

      2. mic said on May 13, 2019 at 7:22 am

        Ok thank you. Then it makes no sense for us.

      3. james said on May 16, 2019 at 3:33 am

        PE file? Or self-extracting archive?
        I think that the format is supported.

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