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An Archive manager or Compression Utility allows you to view and manipulate compressed archives such as a ZIP or GZIP file.

Windows

A good open-source archive manager is 7-Zip. Alternatively a trial edition of WinRAR can be downloaded. If you are running Windows XP, the built-in system supports ZIP files already.

All of these will run whenever a supported archive file is run (double-clicked) and will let you extract the contents to a location on your computer.

Linux

The default vanilla GNU command-line binaries provide full flexibility for manipulating archives; consult the man pages that came with your distribution (e.g. tar -z extracts a gzipped tarball). Alternatively there are several GUI frontends specific to your distro or Window Manager (e.g. Ark is a popular GUI frontend on KDE).

These will let you extract the contents of an archive to a location on your computer.

Apple Mac

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