5 best zip, rar, and unzip apps for Android

by: Joe HindyFebruary 24, 2016

best rar zip unzip apps for Android
One of the more common types of files that we have to deal with are archived files. You’ve seen them before and they come in zip, rare, 7z, tar, and other file types which have tons of files inside of them and they are zipped up to take up less space. If you’ve got some of these files that you need to deal with, here are the best zip, rar, and unzip apps for Android!

androzip best rar zip unzip apps for AndroidAndroZip

[Price: Free]
AndroZip is a free tool that zips and unzips various types of files. It claims to have support for zip, rar, tar, gzip, and bzip2, among others. There is also a built-in file manager if you need to move some stuff around or send your files to other parts of your device. It’s a simple app and isn’t much to look at, but it works well and does what it says it does. When creating zips, you also have options for encryption and setting passwords on your zip files.

Get it now on Google Play!

androzip best rar zip unzip apps for Android

b1 archiver best rar zip unzip apps for AndroidB1 Archiver

[Price: Free / $3.97]
B1 Archiver is a popular tool for zipping and unzipping various types of archive files. It has support for the big ones like zip and rar, but also boasts compatibility for a total of 37 formats. That’s great if you’re used to working with unique or unusual archive file types that you don’t run into every day. It also has support for multi-part rar and b1 archives if you need that. It’s a solid app overall with a good design, but you’ll have to go pro if you want to deal with password protected archives which is a bit of a bummer.

Get it now on Google Play!

b1 archiver best rar zip unzip apps for Android

rar best rar zip unzip apps for AndroidRAR (also known as WinRAR for Android)

[Price: Free / $2.19]
RAR is from RARLAB, the same developers who developed Winrar which makes this literally the Winrar for Android. As you’d expect, it comes with support for tons of file types, including the bigger ones like rar, zip, tar, 7z, and many others. There is also the usual array of encryption and password options. With this app you can also run your archives through benchmarks to see how they stack up and even run commands to repair damaged archive files (with varying degrees of success). It’s a powerful app and probably the one you should go for.

Get it now on Google Play!

rar best rar zip unzip apps for Android

winzip best rar zip unzip apps for AndroidWinzip

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Many people remember Winzip and the app has made its way onto Android as well. It carries with it the pedigree of its desktop counterpart which means it’s either going to work wonderfully for you or not work at all. If it does work for you, you’ll be treated to a decent experience and the app supports all the common and popular types of archive files. What makes this one unique is that it has support for Dropbox and Google Drive so you can deal with files from those services as well, which is nice.

Get it now on Google Play!

winzip best rar zip unzip apps for Android

zarchiver best rar zip unzip apps for AndroidZArchiver

[Price: Free]
ZArchiver is a totally free tool and one that has been around on Android for many years. It provides a decent user experience with generally easy controls and it comes with support for plenty of archive file types. There is also the usual options for encryption, password protection, and split archives if you need that as well. There really isn’t any razzle dazzle with this application, but it does just work which is definitely a plus for those looking for something simple.

Get it now on Google Play!

zarchiver best rar zip unzip apps for Android

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  • Me

    You totally misses Total Commander. The classic, and free, file explorer.

    • Android Developer

      true, but for some reason it can’t open 7z files.

  • Luka Mlinar

    When we start adding thing like this to our phone it kind of stops being a phone. At least for me.

    • Armaan Modi


      • Luka Mlinar

        It’s like a 3 year old comment :P

        • Armaan Modi

          :P lol

  • HildyJ

    I would check out FX File Explorer. It’s very nicely designed and has capabilities I’m still learning. There’s a pro version that adds cloud integration.

  • JWolf_PDX

    Love ES. Not only does it have a breadth of supported compressed file formats, it has Windows file system browsing, FTP, Cloud account access, Root explorer capability, built in text editor, slick multitab interface, etc. etc. It’s really a one stop shop for file and file system related activity on Android. Oh and it’s free…

    • Armaan Modi

      also media player, text editor, photo viewer,etc,etc.ES is da BOMB.

  • Tim

    I have to go with Jwolf on this one ES file Explorer is a beast! You can manage all the files you own be it on the cloud or on the device.

  • Claudio Guti√©rrez

    Not all programs in the list can open rar/zip archives with password.

    • Pixelado

      Exactly. I’ve had ES choke on pass-protected files quite often. It’s all good when using ZArchiver though.

  • Md.Hasan Reza

    Nice apps.Thank you. Android,apps,software,


  • Davinder Singh

    These apps are really good work in file compressing activity.


  • Drake

    B1 is the best

  • john

    Hi Joseph..thanks alot for your all efforts..i want to open rar by android..i have apps of rar also i saw your youtube but i couldnt understand..plzzzz help me..send me all tips and all details about how can i read rar files..its book but i couldnt read it..plzzz plzzz plzzz

    • Armaan Modi

      Use ES file explorer to easily extract .RAR files.

  • John

    RAR for Android?

  • asd fg

    Also, check out Open Explorer. It’s Open-Source and supports 7z, rar, zip, etc. on android.

  • HotelQuebec

    RAR and ZArchiver Pro are really all you need.

    • Armaan Modi

      you don’t need both when you have a nice file manager.

  • Armaan Modi

    ES file explorer forever.

  • panos,last

    Winrar is the best far from the others

  • bartekreaper

    RAR the best :)

  • Oto Rendon


  • EM1336

    How do you update the contents of a zip or 7z in Android without explicitly extracting its contents? Most Windows file compression programs let you edit and update a file inside of a zip or 7z file without needing to extract the contents. Typically, when you exit, the program will say something like, “File was modified. Do you want to update it in the archive?” I’ve yet to find an Android app with this very basic feature. Anyone know of one?