Today we are going to show you how to unzip online. But keep your hands away from your pants – this is about compressed files!
You might be surprised to learn that you don’t need to download a dedicated application to unzip files within windows. With the basic compression formats, windows decompression utility is all you need. But suppose you receive a file from someone and it is in ISO, RAR or 7z format?
If you use an online archiving tool you can extract the file within the online archive and potentially save yourself from getting some malicious software in the process. Not only this, but these services are often perfect when using school or work computers where there is no decompress software installed and you do not have permission to download any software.
Best Sites To Unzip Online
We are looking at the top five sites at the minute that let you unzip online with ease. With these handy sites at your fingertips you will never need to unzip another file on your PC again.
WOBZIP is probably one of the best utilities online for decompressing zipped files. The range of formats supported here is truly fantastic.
The total range of supported formats includes 7z, ARJ, BZIP2, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, GZIP, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, TAR, UDF, VHD, XAR, XZ and ZIP.
WOBZIP will also allow users to upload files as large as 200 MB. Lovely stuff.
All you have to do is to paste the URL of the file you want to extract and let WOBZIP know the password if there is one. The online program does the rest and will even let you send the files to dropbox. Very handy.
WOBZIP is completely free to use. The site is maintained through ad revenue and donations. The files are not deleted automatically, but it is possible to delete them manually by clickeing “delete uploads” to delete any files used in the session.
This is a great tool that not only lets you unzip files, but also create new zip archives. EzyZip provides a nice and simple user interface. To use the service all you have to do is browse for the location of the archive, select it and then click the unzip icon.
Creating a zip archive is also nice and easy. Just select the files you want to compress and click “Zip Em”. What could be handier?
Note that you will want to have the latest version of Java installed in order for ezyZip to work.
Like WOBZIP, Unzip online will allow you to easy compress files of up to 200 mb without the inconvenience of having to download a third party application to your computer.
Unzip Online emphasize the security of their service, claiming to delete all files 24 hours after they are uploaded and making the files available only to you.
To use the service first you will need to sign up and create an account. This is a quick and pain free process so we can readily recommend this site.
The service is extremely fast, with the contents of the archive appearing in a matter of a few seconds. Larger files do take that little bit longer, but you are never left waiting forever.
The site design is nice and clean and mostly free from intrusive adverts.
B1 has a slick user interface and is one of the more popular tools that allow you to unzip online. However, one drawback that we found is that the service currently only supports the formats zip, rar, b1 and 7z. Undoubtedly these are the most common compression formats, however when there are online services supporting a much wider range of formats why limit yourself.
The process is quick. All you have to do is select the file you want to decompress and the automatic decompression goes ahead. After the contents are extracted B1 displays all the files that are available and these can be simply downloaded with a single click of the mouse.
B1 claims to offer even better privacy that Unzip Online, by automatically deleting the files a few minutes after you have closed the page.
Zoho docs is a very cool online office tool. It allows you to create, share and collaborate on spreadsheets, text files and presentations online. You can store and manage all of your files online where they are kept neatly in one location which you can access from anywhere.
Not only that, but you can use this online service to unzip files too.
First, you need to create a Zoho account. Once you’ve done that you can upload the file you want to unzip, select it and click on the actions button from the drop-down menu. From here it is a very simple process to unzip the archive and access the files within.
Your unzipped files will appear in Zoho in the directory where the archive is uploaded. Then you can select these files for download to your computer.
We would recommend Zoho for someone who wants more than just a simple tool to unzip online. However, if you are in a hurry it might be better to select one of the simpler services such as EzyZip or WOBZIP.
More and more of the functions of a computer are migrating online and there is less need than ever before to have many dedicated programs on your hard drive. With this move online there is also a concern about privacy.
With that in mind, it is best to use services like Unzip Online and B1 which assure us that they delete the files after a short period of time.
Zoho also comes highly recommended as it is a very powerful tool that not only allows you to unzip online but also to do an incredible array of functions of the traditional office programs without having to fork out the hefty purchase fees.
So if you didn’t know you could unzip your files online, now you know.