7-Zip 15 comes out of beta, release version 15.12 is now available with new features and RAR5 archive extraction support. Developer of the program has added RAR5 support to 7-zip during the beta testing, now available in 7-Zip 15.12 stable also, which everyone can use. FYI, apart from WinRAR, 7-Zip is the only (freeware) program that can extract WinRAR 5.0 created RAR5 archives.

7-Zip 15.12, what’s new

1. This version of 7-Zip uses new installer can extract RAR5 archives and can create 7z, xz and zip archives with 1536 MB dictionary for LZMA/LZMA2.

7-Zip 15.12 release version

2. 7-Zip File manager now can operate with alternate file streams at NTFS volumes via “File / Alternate Streams” menu command

3. It can now extract .zipx (WinZip) archives that use xz compression.

4. It can extract ext2 and multivolume VMDK images, ext3 and ext4 (Linux file system) images.

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