7-Zip is now available on Linux as a command-line utility.
For around two decades, the 7-Zip file archiving software remained exclusive to Windows but, in a historic move, the 7-Zip 21.01 alpha will be available for Windows and Linux operating systems (OS).
It is the first version of the software that will share compatibility with both the platforms but an unofficial 7-Zip port for Linux called p7zip has been around for over seven years.
As per the 7-Zip developer, the official version is similar to the unofficial dual-platform version, but it is not identical. The new version is available for 32-bit, 64-bit, x86, and ARM processors on both OS.
7-Zip to Perform Same Actions on Both Platforms
The Linux and Windows versions of 7-Zip will perform similar actions. However, the Linux version will be available only as a command-line utility for the time being.
On the other hand, the Windows version will allow users to choose between a command prompt and a graphical user interface. The new version’s release note reveals that version 21.01 alpha will feature speed improvements for ARM64 hardware and several fixes.
What is 7-Zip?
It was released in 1999 and is a powerful, versatile file archive software used to compress or decompress folders and documents. Its open-source and free version is a Swiss Army Knife utility that can open ZIP, RAR, gzip, 7z, and other file formats.