7-Zip 22.00 final is now available

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 20, 2022
Windows software

7-Zip is a popular open source file archiver for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. A new version, 7-Zip 22.00 is now available; it is the first stable release in 2022. The last release dates back to December 2021, when 7-Zip 21.07 was released.

7-zip 22.00

7-Zip users may download the latest version of the application from the official website. Downloads for 64-bit, 32-bit and ARM versions of Windows are supported. The program is still compatible with out-of-support versions of Windows, including Windows XP and Vista. All officially supported versions of Windows, including server versions, are supported as well.

7-Zip 22.00 for Linux is available for download already, while the Mac OS version is not yet available.

7-Zip 22.00 final

7-Zip 22.00 brings along with it several new features that extend the functionality of the application. The new version of the archiver supports the extraction of Apple File System APFS images. Apple introduced the Apple File System in Mac OS 10.13 and on iOS several years ago. The file system is optimized for flash and solid state drive storage solutions.

TAR archive support has seen several improvements in 7-Zip 22.00. 7-Zip can create TAR archives in POSIX tar format using the switches -ttar -mm=pax or -ttar -mm=posix now. Additionally, 7-Zip may store file timestamps with high precision in tar/pax archives using the switches ttar -mm=pax -mtp=3 -mtc -mta.

Last but not least, Linux users may use the following two new switches with TAR archives:

  • -snoi : store owner/group ids in archive or set owner/group ids from archive to extracted files.
  • -snon : store owner/group names in archive

On Windows, 7-Zip 22.00 adds support for the -snz switch, which propagates the Zone.Identifier stream to extract files. The stream is used by Windows for security purposes; it may be used to determine whether a file has been created locally or been downloaded from the Internet.

7-zip propagate zone identifier

The preference is also available in the graphical user interface. Open 7-Zip and go to Tools > Options. Switch to the 7-Zip tab in the options window, and set the preference "Propagate Zone.Id stream to one of the following values:

  • No -- default. 7-Zip does not propagate Zone.Identifier streams.
  • Yes -- 7-Zip propagates Zone.Identifier streams for all jobs.
  • For Office files -- 7-Zip propagates Zone.Identifier streams for Office files only.

timestamp options

7-Zip 22.00 includes a new options window in the "add to archive" configuration dialog. It includes options to change the timestamp precision, change other time related configuration options, and block the changing of the last access time of the source files.

You may check out the full changelog on Sourceforge.

Now You: do you use 7-Zip or another file archiver?

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  1. Nyla said on July 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    The ability to extract APFS archives sounds really useful, actually!

  2. ci4noz said on June 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    7zip lacks the fantastic “smart extract” feature that Bandizip has

  3. wood said on June 22, 2022 at 1:23 am

    PeaZip is also a free option with a nice looking GUI.

  4. Kevin said on June 21, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    The UI needs a makeover. it looks absolutely terrible.
    Otherwise the underneath the base components are rock solid.

    1. Flip3dee said on June 21, 2022 at 10:38 pm

      Rather it not. Look how that turned out for Microsoft. 9 years of UI/UX failure starting from Windows 8 to 11. Don’t fix what is not broken.

    2. boris said on June 21, 2022 at 8:29 pm

      I think this UI is at least 10 years old.

  5. Anonymous said on June 21, 2022 at 10:30 am

    7-zip is a great piece of software. It is my favorite archive program on Windows (I only use its own native format 7z, not zip or any other) and I also use it on GNU/Linux (as tar.7z, along with tar.xz and tar.zstd).

    I am very thankful to the author for providing such an amazing software.

  6. james said on June 21, 2022 at 9:57 am
  7. Jurok said on June 21, 2022 at 9:47 am
    1. Hitomi said on June 21, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      CHM help files issue is a problem you have with every CHM and needs to be fixed by Microsoft.

      If people keep complaining about this Igor should delete the help file entirely and ship 7zip with a PDF manual.

  8. Henk said on June 20, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Great software, I’ve been using it for ages, which is as long as I can remember. It just does the job you want it to do, with no nonsense. Good context menu integration, too. As for what @mrrip said here about it needing a revamp, personally I rather like how they’ve always prioritized useful function updates over trendy UI updates… But maybe this just makes me an oldtimer.

  9. Q said on June 20, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    I use 7-Zip in addition to other file archive utilities. The main use I have for 7-Zip to to provide support for archive or file container formats not well provided by other software.

    7-Zip is an okay archiver, but other archivers are superior, archive support diversity notwithstanding.

    7-Zip can also be troublesome at times because it tries to arrange archive file tables alphabetically (my understanding is that that is the developer’s preference), rather that in the original or natural order. This can result in compatibility problems, especially where the resulting archive is used by other software and that software expects the internals of the archives provided in a certain way or order (as known as an extended format).

  10. Matt P said on June 20, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Needs dark mode!

    1. Darkness said on June 22, 2022 at 6:47 am

      Close your eyes.

    2. Dustin said on June 21, 2022 at 4:45 am

      Turn down screen brightness

      1. walker said on June 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm

        :) you’ve made my day!!!

  11. BM said on June 20, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    About a year or two ago, I was looking for a compression utility that would be able to squeeze out the most space savings, as I had hundreds of folders to zip.

    On “paper” from my research, it appeared that PeaZip was that utility app.

    After a few test runs on a limited scale it seemed like the better (more space saving vs 7-zip). So, went with PeaZip.

    But, in practice, I got annoyed (to say the least) at a few things:
    1) It would sometimes hang (which COULD be tolerable, if not for #2 – you don’t know which it is)
    2) It would take an incredibly (unreasonably) long time with the settings at maxed out compression
    3) When opening the zipped file, the interface was far less intuitive (all files and folders listed on one level – I didn’t spend much time trying to find out if there was a way to change that, given 1 & 2 above)

    Made me rethink 7-zip. I conducted a second test – using the folders that had hung w PEAZIP (no issue) and using some rather large folders.

    7-zip with maxed compression settings were actually faster on those larger folders.

    In the end, even if it were slightly longer, I would have chose 7-zip because it was ROCK SOLID, and the interface (without tweaking) was far more intuitive.

    And, last thing I tested that I didn’t on first pass, was the decompression. Yes, 7-zip was far (order of magnitude) faster.

    And, as I found out when decompressing PeaZip files to recompress via 7-zip, there were a few that ran into errors and failed (partially or fully). Fortunately, I found the original source files for most of those.

    Just putting this out there for anyone else who might be researching the topic.

    I look forward to updating to the latest 7-zip.

    1. Mag29 said on June 22, 2022 at 3:57 pm

      My experience with PeaZip is exactly the opposite, with performances largely overlapping with 7-Zip, when using same archive format.
      Out of the box, zip and 7z compression and decompression performances does not change much comparing PeaZip and 7-Zip neither in terms of time nor in terms of final archive size.
      PeaZip also supports minor formats like zpaq and arc which sure are slower (and far buggier, in case of arc) than mainstream archive formats, so even if they provide exceptional compression results I use those formats with caution, and seldom.

  12. Anonymous said on June 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    I couldn’t determine how to install it in Linux, so I left it.

    1. Another Anonymous said on June 21, 2022 at 10:23 am

      Debian offers the old Linux port “p7zip” (based on the archaic 16.02) and since some months the original “7zip” (currently 21.07, but most probably soon to be updated).

  13. Lankut said on June 20, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    This update fix the chm help toggle item discovered?

  14. mrrip said on June 20, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Great software but it needs a revamp (without using external tools)!

  15. Paul(us) said on June 20, 2022 at 11:36 am

    7-Zip is a really great free software with open source elements which is developing quit steady over more than the last 20 years, to a almost complete equal of the payed comparable WinRar.

    The new features like the extraction of Apple File System APFS images are a godsend.
    More new Unix and Linux possibility are always welcomed with loud cheers!

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