PowerArchiver 2021 Toolbox Review

PowerArchiver 2021 Toolbox Review

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PowerArchiver 2021 Toolbox is the strongest and most comprehensive set of file management tools on the market. PowerArchiver combines many useful tools, applications and features in a single package and interestingly at an attractive price. It is the fastest and most feature packed file management today! Advanced Codec Pack (.PA) is the most advanced format on the market.

PowerArchiver includes all of the compression and encryption features along with a set of useful tools for your archives. The program also includes the new advanced PA format and features the Explorer mode for easier management of your files.

This will let you easily create and extract ZIP, ZIPX, PA, 7z, TAR/GZ/BZ2, CAB, ISO, open 60+ formats. Full Windows 7/8 and 10 support with UAC elevation and VSS! FIPS 140-2. Multicore compression and fastest RAR extraction. Fastest ZIP/ZIPX engine. Most advanced.

·       Compress, Encrypt, Exchange and Backup your data.
·       Support for over 60 formats: ZIP, ZIPX, 7z, RAR, TAR and more.
·       Strongest possible compression with .PA format.
·       FIPS 140-2 validated 256-bit AES encryption!




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What is the PowerArchiver Select plan?

Every PowerArchiver purchase comes at minimum with complimentary 12 months of PowerArchiver Select. PowerArchiver Select is a premium Support and Maintenance plan with following features: Upgrade Assurance (free upgrade to all major/minor versions), Live Registration system that keeps your registration code up to date, Priority Support including telephone support, priority Feature Requests, priority BETA releases. Level of end-user support in PowerArchiver Select is unprecedented in the software industry, where none of our competitors even offer phone support, let alone ability to influence future development. Renewal is available at significantly discounted prices – 73% discount for 1 year renewal and even larger discount for 3 year renewal!



Version: PowerArchiver 2021 build 58

Released: 11/9/2020

File Size: 38,363 KB

System Requirements

Operating systems:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016


Every computer which runs one of the above mentioned operating systems at a reasonable speed.

Disk Space Requirements:

150 MB for the program files plus some additional space for backup files (minimal).


Multi-core processor recommended for best speed.

Translations (Multilanguage support):

Catalan, Croatian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Estonian, English (USA), English (UK), French, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brasil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic, BiH), Serbian (Latin, Serbia), Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Spain), Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Korean languages.

User Interface:

The user interface is very friendly, well arranged, and easy to use

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Modern/Ribbon interface

Full Modern/Ribbon interface, Microsoft Office licensed! (optional)

Customizable with skins

10 skins built in, more on our website. Full skinning support for GUI, icons and format icons.


What’s Included in PowerArchiver Toolbox:

PowerArchiver Professional, PowerArchiver Command Line, PowerArchiver for Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), PowerArchiver Backup, PowerArchiver Cloud Browser, OpenPGP Encryption Suite, PowerArchiver Secure FTP Client, PowerArchiver Data Burner, and PowerArchiver Virtual ISO Drive.

What are the new features:

New Tabbed Internal Editor/Viewer features

One of the improvements that PowerArchiver 2021 will bring focuses on file viewing and editing within PowerArchiver without extraction. You will now be able to edit and save text files while inside archives, no need to extract, and have syntax highlight for over 40 languages. The new text editor will appear in a tab when opening a text file either in your archive or when browsing the hard drive and will allow for text file editing and saving inside the archive without the need to extract.

Internal tabbed editor for text files – edit and save text files inside archives(tab) with syntax highlighting for over 40 languages.

Internal tabbed viewer for PDF, Images, Hex, RTF – View PDF, Image, Hex and RTF files in the internal viewer and automatically opened in additional tab. Extensions fully configurable in the Configuration menu.

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New PowerArchiver Cloud features

PowerArchiver Cloud sees large improvements and added functionality with much faster speed, and full support for Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Yandex Disk, Box and HiDrive.

PowerArchiver Cloud is now fully integrated into panel view inside the PowerArchiver application for more convenient file management.

We have improved our caching system for cloud, so when you have >100,000 of files there, you will be able to browse them much, much faster.

Significantly improved download/upload speeds when using cloud.

Improved support for Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive (v3 API), Box – Cloud support for Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, has been updated and improved.

New support for Hidrive, Yandex Disk– PowerArchiver Cloud will support Hidrive and Yandex Disk in PowerArchiver 2021.

Support for Downloading/Uploading folders– PowerArchiver can download/upload full folders now.

Drag and Drop support– Drag and Drop your files/folders from the cloud directly into opened archives or hard drive.

Many other improvements

Actions > Tools menu has received some various additional features. In PowerArchiver 2021, you will be able to add and remove encryption from existing archives, easily. Additionally, an Optimization tool will be available to optimize your archive for better compression, without having to manually re-compress it.

ZSTD compression (ZIPX) – PowerArchiver 2021 includes ZSTD compression in the Zips format. ZSTD compression is real-time compression algorithm, providing a very wide range of high compression ratio / speed trade-off, while being backed by a very fast decoder.

Improved FIPS 140.2 management – FIPS 140.2 icon now shows in the add window and status bar, always know when FIPS encryption is used. 

Reconfigured FIPS 140.2 settings in the configuration menu for more convenient management.

Acrylic background support for Modern Windows 10 skin – caption, status bar and app bar on the side now support customizable acrylic option, that makes PA 2021 look great!

Add encryption to existing ZIP/7z/PA archives – This option will Encrypt Zip/7z/PA archives directly, without creating a new archive.

Remove Archive Encryption for ZIP/7z/PA archives– This option will remove encryption from Zip/7z/PA archives directly.

Optimize ZIP/7z/PA archives– PowerArchiver 2021 will optimize your archive for better compression. The same archive will be optimized without an additional archive created.

Optimized shell extensions – Shell extensions have been moved into separate dll’s, to improve stability.

Redesigned tile in PowerArchiver applications with Acrylic support– redesigned tile to look better in Backup, Burner, Encryption Suite and Virtual Drive. It is fully configurable in the Configuration menu where it can be turned on/off and the alpha transparency can be adjusted.

Favorites Filter/Search– favorites menu has been improved is now faster and includes filters when searching for your favorite archives


PowerArchiver Zipper

Fastest zipper with full support for over 60 formats (ZIP, ZIPX, RAR, ISO, PA, CAB, TAR, BZ2, GZ, etc).

Advanced Codec Pack – (.PA)

Most advanced compression format with strongest compression rates. Smallest files on the market!

Extract Archives:

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PowerArchiver’s CheckOut feature makes it very easy to run files in an archive, or extract an archive and add it to “Programs” in the system Start menu.

Testing Archives:

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Best ZIP support

Best ZIP/ZIPX support – Multi-core compression, Unlimited size, full ZIPX, 256 bit AES Encryption and more.

10 different tools

Convert Archives, Batch Compression, Join Archives, Multi-Extract, and much more!

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Write and Merge Multi-Volume Zip:

Span original ZIP file over multiple smaller archives. Merge spanned volumes into a single ZIP archive

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Password Policies:

Set minimum password strength policies that users have to satisfy before encrypting files.

Explorer mode

Full Explorer replacement mode with dual panels and great archive support.

PowerArchiver Cloud integration

PowerArchiver Cloud Browser supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, OneDrive, Box.Net and Azure, deep integration features allowing you to upload archives to cloud easily and open archives from cloud directly in PowerArchiver.

Send to Burner:

Easily burn archives with PowerArchiver CD/DVD burner.

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Secure FTP

Secure FTP client with all the features, including FIPS 140-2 validation!

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Virtual ISO Drive

Mount ISO images in Virtual Drive without having to burn them!

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Office Plug-Ins

Automatically compress and encrypt attachments in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel.

Data/Audio Burner

Burn, Copy, Rip Data as well as Audio CD/DVD/Blu-Ray discs.

Encryption Suite

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Encrypt, Decrypt, Sign and Verify in various AES and OpenPGP formats. FIPS 140-2 validated!

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Encrypt/Decrypt Files: Encrypt/Decrypt multiple files at once – ZIP, ZIPX, 7Z, PA, PAE, OpenPGP formats. FIPS 140-2 validated!

Full OpenPGP support: Create, Open, Sign, Verify via OpenPGP with various options (full set of tools).

Repair Archive:

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PowerArchiver Command Line

Command line, scriptable version of PowerArchiver with support for over 60 formats.

File Manager

Dual panel File Manager with internal PDF, Image, Text preview.


Full Enterprise Backup suite with volume shadow copy support, logs, network backup and more!

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Archive converter:

To any supported format

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PowerArchiver 2021 SFX Wizard:

PowerArchiver 2021 creates powerful CAB and ZIP self extracting (SFX) archives using a Wizard

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Portable USB edition:

Completely independent from your computer, with support for shell extensions.

Advanced Windows 10 support:

Windows 10 notifications, Jumplists, and more!

Native support for 4k screens:

Support for large resolution 4K screens and large DPI modes.

UAC elevation

PowerArchiver will elevate admin via UAC on demand.

Low RAM usage

Despite many features and skinned interface, PowerArchiver uses as little as 18 MB of RAM when active.

Super fast startup

PowerArchiver can start in under 1s on fast computers.

Built in PDF Viewer

Fully independent and advanced PDF viewer, quickly view and print from both your hard disk and archives.

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Password Manager, Password profiles

Easily manage your passwords with Password Manager and Password Profiles.

Full 7z format support

Superb support for 7-Zip compression with unique Optimized mode.

Complete RAR support

Full support for RAR format, including compression if WinRAR is installed.

Multicore super-fast compression

Utilize the full power of your CPU with full multi-core support in ZIP, PA, 7z formats

Windows 64-bit support

Native Windows 64-bit support, including our portable edition.

Compression Profiles

Customizable compression profiles.

VSS support

PowerArchiver will use Volume Shadow Service (VSS) to compress files in use (.pst).

PowerArchiver for Office Add-ins (PAOP)

PowerArchiver for Office Add-in is offered as a free add-on to PowerArchiver Professional and Toolbox. It is distributed under same license and evaluation period as PowerArchiver Professional.



What’s included:

PowerArchiver for Office Add-Ins 3.0 works with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel in versions: XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and Office 365 (support for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions).

PowerArchiver Command Line (PACL)

PACL is an advanced command line archiving utility for Windows console environments. It fully supports a variety of the most popular compressed file formats, including: ZIP, 7-ZIP, PA, CAB, JAR, TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, yENC, Base64, CAB SFX and many others. PACL uses FIPS 140-2 validated components.



What’s included:

Registered PowerArchiver Professional and Toolbox users may utilize PowerArchiver Command Line free of charge. To request a registration code for PACL, please visit your ConeXware Account.


PowerArchiver is a multi-core optimized compression utility with support for many formats, including zip, zipx, rar, 7zip, iso and many others. Other features include Backup, Burner, FTP, 7 different tools, shell integration & Full Windows 7 support. It is an advanced, comprehensive set of tools with .PA format support.

Thank You to tarekma7 for this review.