How do I install Zipeg?

On Mac OS X: Safari will usually unpack zipeg.dmg file into Zipeg.app on your desktop (unless you configured it to do otherwise). Firefox will just download Zipeg.dmg and you will have to double click on it to "mount" it. In any case drag Zipeg.app into your Applications folder. If you do not have administrative privileges on your system it is recommended to create /Users/you_user_name/Application folder (or alike) and keep your applications there.

After installation don't forget to eject (unmount) the zipeg_mac.dmg before opening Zipeg.

On Windows: just download and run the installer.

"What's the password for the MyDownloadedFile.rar?"

Tried "swordfish" and "Password1" already? Just kidding.
I do not know. The password is assigned to the archive by the person who created it. Contact that person and s/he will tell you. Zipeg is not a password breaking/guessing tool and both ZIP and RAR use strong AES encryption nowadays.

How do I open multi-part archive? or ("How do I open folder with RAR/Zip files?")

Multi-part (aka multi-volume) archives are usually spread over sequence of files like:
Just open the first file in Zipeg - other archive parts will be picked up automatically. Select what you need to unpack and press "Extract" button.

How do I enable/disable Zipeg to handle certain file types?

Zipeg asks you upon installation. If you need to fine tune file types association later, here is how you do it.
On Macintosh you click Preferences button on toolbar and chose second tab labeled Files. On Windows use Zipeg | Settings button on the toolbar and Files tab.
Make sure check-boxes next to the file types you want Zipeg to handle contains check-marks. Click Apply button.

How do I recover overwritten files?

The files and folders that are overwritten by Zipeg are always placed into Trash Bin on Macintosh or Recycle Bin on Windows. You can recover them the same way you usually recover accidentally deleted files/folders. Open Trash Bin/Recycle Bin and look at the content and restore files/folders you need.

I don't like Zipeg icon

But I do! It looks kind of cute among other Mac animals:
Tell GIMP their icon is ugly. :)

What's the fuss about national filenames?

If names of the files you deal with are all in latin alphabet you don't need this feature.
But if you ever encountered gibberish in filenames, Zipeg may help.

Which version of Zipeg do I have? Is it up-to-date?

Zipeg automatically checks for updates once a month. You can manually force update using Zipeg Help | Check For Update menu.
On Macintosh you can use Zipeg | About menu to find which version of Zipeg do you have.  

On Windows use Zipeg | Help | About menu to find the Zipeg version you are currently using.

Can I use Zipeg at work? What are Zipeg licensing terms?

Zipeg is business friendly. There are no restrictions for the use in any kind of organization. But please read the The New BSD License on about page for full legal terms of the basic conditions:
so there is no future misunderstanding.

Zipeg experienced technical difficulties (crashed).

Crash report contains technical information that helps developer (me) to identify and fix problem and to help you.
Crash report does not contain any private information about you.
Please send crash reports to the developer - it will help to make Zipeg better.

If you experienced a problem it is always a good idea to check that you have latest version of Java.
Use Software Update on Mac. Visit http://www.java.com on Windows.

Keeping your Java updated helps Zipeg and also makes surfing the Net more secure.

If you already have the current stable version of Zipeg and your java is up-to-date, you may want to check the latest beta version of Zipeg at http://zipeg.googlecode.com but keep in mind that this is beta build, so mileage may vary.

How do I delete files from archive?

Sorry, no easy way here. Looks like you need 7-zip - it is excellent and much more powerful than Zipeg - also free.

Workaround: extract all the files to a folder, delete unwanted files and right mouse (Windows) or control click (Mac) the folder and chose Send To / Compressed Folder (Windows) or Create Archive (Mac).

Failed to open archive (corrupted file / CRC error)?

There are multiple reasons for possible problems with opening or extracting files from archives. Most common are:

  • Archive was corrupted in transit. Try to download archive again.
  • Archive is password protected and password you supplied is incorrect.
  • The format of the archive is not supported by zipeg.
  • Passwords are case sensitive (check if CAPS LOCK is locked).
  • If you believe that the issue is in Zipeg - please let me know I will try to investigate and fix it.

For password protected archives please contact the person who created the archive and request correct password.

Why Zipeg does not create new archives?

Aren't there already enough archives created?

More seriously:

On Windows right mouse click on file or folder and choose Send To / Compressed Folder.

On Macintosh select documents and folders you want to archive Ctrl click on them and choose Create Archive.

WARNING: Mac OSX BOMArchiveHelper aka Apple Archive Utility may take very long time to create an archive. Make sure you wait long enough for the archiving to be complete before attempting to open or backup archived file. Otherwise you may endup with half completed/corrupted archive.

If this is not what you want or need, there are other ways: On Windows I would recommend 7zip which is excellent. On Macintosh there are several free tools that do create archives.

Zipeg is a deliberately simple and unsophisticated application to help people who almost never create archives in their everyday life.

Where is Zipeg installed?

On Windows XP Zipeg is installed into folder
\Documents and Settings\ $USER$ \Local Settings\Application Data\Zipeg
and on Vista/Windows 7 it installs into
\Users\ $USER$ \AppData\Local
Zipeg follows the same installation technique as Google Chrome. This allows to avoid the need to elevate to administrative privileges during installation. In multi-user scenario it allows each user to maintain more control of his/her applications.

How do I uninstall Zipeg?

It is a good idea to use Preferences in Zipeg menu to disassociate Zipeg from all the archives in the Files tab before removing Zipeg from your Mac OS X. Before you uninstall Zipeg from Windows please run Zipeg and use Zipeg Settings menu and clear all archive types associations in the Files tab. This will restore the file extension bindings that existed on your computer prior to Zipeg installation.

on Macintosh - just delete Zipeg.app from your Applications folder

on Windows 2000/2003/XP: use Control Panel / Add Remove Programs / Zipeg.

on Windows Vista and Windows 7 use: Control Panel / Programs / Installed Programs / Change Remove.

I can uninstall Zipeg in 34 seconds. Shoot me email if you can beat it.

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