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ZIP file format

File extension
.zip
File category
Description
Among compressed and archived files, ZIP files are the most common. It is supported by both Windows and Mac operating systems. Files can be compressed using multiple methods using the ZIP format. However, files can be archived with the need to be compressed. Although some may say that ZIP files have become antiquated, it looks as though it is here to stay.
Technical details
The ZIP program compresses each file in a folder individually. This fact makes the process more efficient rather than compressing all files together. This, however, limits the extent to which the entire archive can be compressed. The most widely used method, among others, is the DEFLATE method. The user may even choose the way of compression that best suits him. A unique icon differentiates ZIP files from other types of files.
Programs
StuffIt
WinRAR
Winzip
Developer
PKWARE
MIME type
application/zip
application/x-zip
application/x-zip-compressed
application/octet-stream
application/x-compress
application/x-compressed
multipart/x-zip