Type1: Zipped File
.ZIP File Extension/File Type (Type1)
Files that end with
.zipx indicate data compression files used to compress data using Shrink, Reduce, Implode, Deflate and other methods. ZIP is archive data file and it is very popular for lossless data compression. Programs that compress a file in the zip format use the different type of the compression algorithm. Deflate is the most common one. ZIP File Extension is the most popular file extension.
The ZIP file format was created by Phil Katz in the PKWARE inc. first appeared in 1989 is quite old and most popular data compression tools. Nowadays, almost every data archive tools/utility or programs support the ZIP file format compression method. Even most of the modern Operating system including Microsoft Windows and MacOS support built-in ZIP extraction, compression and decompression encryption supports.
Before then, only PKZIP utility software developed by PKWARE inc. supported the ZIP file compression. The ZIP file also very popular on the internet. That’s why ZIP has a specific internet media type on the internet. The internet media type for ZIP file is
application/zip. ZIP file also has a Uniform Type Identifier UTI) as
Data Compression General Methods using ZIP
Basically, there are many methods are applied while compressing a single file with ZIP file format. Here methods is generally algorithms. They can be simple storing (without compression), PPMd, WavPack method, bzip2, Implode, Deflate, Shrink, Reduce etc. Deflate is the most common compression method in a ZIP file compression.
Programs that open .ZIP file
ZIP File Extension is a very popular file extension and file type supported by many compression software. It is an open file format and very old file type as well. The list of most popular software given below that open ZIP file.
|Windows Operating System|
|B1 Free Archiver|
|File viewer Plus|
|Stufflt Micro Deluxe|
|MacOS||B1 Free Archiver|
|Apple Archive Utility|
|Stullft Micro Delux|
|Corel Winzip for Mac|
|File Viewer for Android|
Type2: Application ROM File
.ZIP File Extension/File Type (Type2)
Some application/software ROM file is packaged as .ZIP file. It is basically a compressed file. Some gaming console such as MAME gaming console uses the ZIP file to install a game on the console. So as a result, we can see .ZIP File Extension also used for software package installer as well.