Extracting data from a Zip or Rar file is pretty easy – there are some desktop tools that do the job very well. However, sometimes you can find yourself on a computer that does not allow installation of tools, such as a public library computer. Fortunately, you can still extract files using online tools that don’t require any installation. Let’s take a look at the best tools to extract Zip and Rar files online.
Extract.me is the best file decompressor on the internet. While others tend to specialize in a few different formats, Extract.me is compatible with over 60 different formats. It also supports password protected files as well as multipart archives.
Using Extract.me couldn’t be easier. When you visit the page, you can click on the “Choose File” button to browse your PC or drag the file into the window. You can also give it a file on Google Drive or Dropbox if you host it on either server. The website will extract the files and then present you with each individual file, which you can download one by one.
If you’re using Extract.me and the progress bar turns red while processing, try viewing the page in incognito mode again. This seems to fix anything that is preventing it from finalizing the checkout.
If Extract.me doesn’t work for you, try ezyZip. This website doesn’t offer a wide range of formats like Extract.me, but it still covers common file types. You can switch between each file type by clicking on the down arrow next to “Unzip” on the menu.
Drag your file to the download window. If you only see a spinning loading circle, turn off scripts / ad blockers or use incognito mode to fix it. After unzipping is complete, you can download each file individually.
ezyZip is a good one to remember because it also comes with squeezing tools. This makes it convenient, that you need to compress or decompress a file.
3. Unzip online
Files2Zip has the least supported formats in the list, only supporting .zip format. However, what it lacks in diversity is speed.
Both of the above options take a bit of time to chew through the file and extract what’s inside. Files2Zip, however, instantly decompresses any small Zip file given to it. You can then click on any entry to download the file to your computer.
As the name suggests, you can also use Files2Zip to create compressed files. Just download what you want to have compressed using the same downloader as the decompressor, and the website will automatically know what you want to do.
Once it’s bundled, you can download it to your computer, email it to someone, or upload it to your Dropbox. The compressing process is just as fast as decompressing, so it’s a fantastic way to bundle a file if you don’t have access to a desktop app.
5. Google Drive
You probably know Google Drive as an online storage service, but do you know that it also has the ability to open your Zip files? Simply upload your Zip file to Google Drive and double click it to open it as a normal file. The caveat: you can only view the files and not extract them, although this can be fixed with the ZIP Extractor app. More details here.
Why not go portable next time?
If you’re reading this article because you’re stuck on a computer without an unzip program, go ahead and use one of the options above. However, the next time you use this computer, why not try a portable app instead of using an online app?
They are called “portable applications” because you can put them on a USB stick. Then, when using a public computer, you can plug in your USB drive and use the application without installing anything on the computer. Everything works on your USB stick.
No WinZip? No problem!
If you are on a computer without an unzip program, there are several websites you can visit that will do the work for you. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, so pick the one that best suits your needs.
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