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Original author(s)WinZip International LLC
Developer(s)Corel Corporation
Initial releaseApril 3, 1991; 31 years ago (1991-04-03)
Stable release(s)
Windows26.0.14610[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 31 August 2021; 18 months ago (31 August 2021)
macOS9.0.5520[2] Edit this on Wikidata / May 2021; 22 months ago (May 2021)
iOS7.1[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 13 May 2021; 22 months ago (13 May 2021)
Android6.2.2[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 18 March 2022; 12 months ago (18 March 2022)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS, iOS and Android
Size57.13 MB
Available in12 languages
List of languages
English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Czech
TypeFile archiver
WinZip Computing Inc. logo

WinZip is a trialware file archiver and compressor for Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. It is developed by WinZip Computing (formerly Nico Mak Computing), which is owned by Corel Corporation. The program can create archives in Zip file format, unpack some other archive file formats and it also has various tools for system integration.


  • Support for ARC and ARJ archives if suitable external programs are installed.[5]


WinZip 1.0 was released in April 1991 as a Graphical User Interface (GUI) front-end for PKZIP.[6]

Former WinZip icon

From version 6.0 until version 9.0, registered users could download the newest versions of the software, enter their original registration information or install over the top of their existing registered version, and thereby obtain a free upgrade. This upgrade scheme was discontinued as of version 10.0.[7]

On May 2, 2006, WinZip Computing was acquired by Corel Corporation using the proceeds from its initial public offering.[8][9]

Supported .ZIP archive features[edit]

  • 128- and 256-bit key AES encryption[10] in addition to the less secure PKZIP 2.0 encryption method used in earlier versions. The AES implementation, using Brian Gladman's code, was FIPS-197 certified, on March 27, 2003.[11] However, Central Directory Encryption feature is not supported.[12]

Release history[edit]

WinZip 17 Pro on Windows.


The ZIP file archive format (ZIP) was originally invented for MS-DOS in 1989 by Phil Katz.[13]


WinZip 1.0 for Mac OS X (November 16, 2010): Initial release is compatible with Intel Macs and can be run on v10.5 'Leopard.'[17]


The iOS version was first released on February 17, 2012.[18][8]


WinZip Android was first released on June 19, 2012.[19]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ Table of file formats supported by WinZip, WinZip Computing Knowledge base
  6. ^ Moran, John (May 4, 2000). "WinZip: A Proven Winner". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut: Tribune Publishing. p. 47. Archived from the original on May 15, 2021. Retrieved May 15, 2021 – via
  7. ^ "Why is my registration code not working in WinZip 12?". October 30, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Corel Corporation Acquires WinZip Computing; World's Leading Aftermarket Compression Utility Joins Award-Winning Software Portfolio". Archived from the original on March 12, 2007.
  9. ^ "Corel to return to public life merged with WinZip". Tech Monitor. April 4, 2006. Retrieved April 25, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "FIPS PUB 197: The Advanced Encryption Standard" (PDF). (272 KB), AES Encryption Information: Encryption Specification AE-1 and AE-2
  11. ^ See Brian Gladman's AES code page and the official list of validated AES implementations
  12. ^ No filename encryption in the .ZIP file format
  13. ^ Computing Encyclopedia - Article about WinZip
  14. ^ "Download WinZip for Windows". Old Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  15. ^ "Old Version of WinZip Download". Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  16. ^ "When does support end for WinZip applications? - WinZip Computing :: Knowledgebase". October 16, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  17. ^ WinZip Compression, Encryption and Email Attachment Optimization Coming to New Platforms - The World's Most Trusted Zip Utility Now Available for the Mac
  18. ^ New Free WinZip® App for iPhone® and iPad® - Open and Browse Zipped Files on the Go
  19. ^ "WinZip® Android App Now Available: WinZip Multi-platform Product Line Extends Mobile Support with Free Android App". Corel Corporation. June 19, 2012.

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