What is a zip file?

A zip file is an archive that contains one or several compressed files. There are many file extensions for a zip file. You might find a zip file with the following file extensions: .zip, .7z, .ace, .arj, .cab, .gzip, .rar, .tar.

A zip file may contain a password and an encryption to protect sensitive data.

You may have come across a self-extracting archive zip file with the .exe file extension. You will not need a zip utility program to extract this kind of file as it extracts itself once you run it.

There are many methods for zipping files - contact us if we haven't covered them here.