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Info-ZIP is an open working group providing compatible solutions to the former standard software pkzip and pkunzip. The C source code is licenced liberally equivalent to BSD. The freeware applications ZIP, UNZIP, WiZ and MacZip are created by the Info-ZIP members.

Development and maintenance: Ed Gordon, Mike White, Dirk Haase (and many others)


The freeware application bzip2 is based on LIBBZIP2. The ANSI-C library is licenced equivalent to BSD.

Development and maintenance: Julian Seward (and others)


The LZMA-SDK (System Development Kit) provides the base for the standard compression method of 7-Zip. Two different licence models are available:

GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL)

Common Public License (CPL)

LZMA is derived from LZ77 and used with the 7z file format.

Development and maintenance: Igor Pavlov


ZLIB is a free library supporting data compression as described within RFC 1950 "ZLIB Compressed Data Format Specification". It is written in C and licenced very liberal.

Development and maintenance: Jean-loup Gailly, Mark Adler (and others)

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