PowerArchiver Command Line
Most advanced scriptable command line utility.
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PowerArchiver Command Line features:

PowerArchiver Command Line

PACL was designed to be a versatile, reliable and scriptable application that can be used in many different configurations and scenarios. PACL is completely standalone and does NOT require any installation. Copying of required files is all that administrator needs to do in order to start working.

Important Features

PowerArchiver Command Line is advanced Enterprise class command line utility with multiple features including:
  • Multicore deflate zip engine almost 4x faster than single core systems on quad core computers. (3x faster than WinZip 15). Our MultiCore engine provides byte level parallelization of compression, unlike others that are file based. This means that PACL can use unlimited number of cores to speed up single file compression (for instance large database).
  • Improved speed of zip compression and extraction on any occasion.
  • Full support for advanced ZIPX format – LZMA, JPEG, PPMd, BZIP2 and WAVPACK in ZIP/ZIPX, according to latest ZIP standards. PowerArchiver is the only application that fully supports Winzip 15 and earlier files, while providing faster (up to 3x) and stronger compression compared to WinZip 15.
  • Full support for more basic ZIP format that is compatible with all archivers out there, as well as the built-in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/Server ZIP reader.
  • Unlimited size of the archive, unlimited size of files inside archive and unlimited number of files inside archive.
  • Support for Unicode in ZIP, both read and write. Implemented throughout application.
  • ZIP/ZIPX AES encryption support (both PkZip 5.1 and WZ 9.0 standards supported) – FIPS 140-2 Certified.

Encryption features and FIPS 140.2 certification

Full list of encryption features:
  • Full support for ZIP AES encryption, 128-bit/192-bit/256-bit (supports: PKZip 5.1 (full), Secure Zip 8.0 and WinZip 9.0 AE-1 & AE-2).
  • PAE support – Encryption of files and archives using 5 different methods: Blowfish (128-bit), DES (64-bit), Triple DES (128-bit), AES 128-bit, and AES 256-bit.
  • SecureZip compatibility – only archiver fully compatible with SecureZip, including reading 3DES encrypted archives and ZIP/ZIPX archives encrypted with digital certificates.
  • FIPS 140.2 Certification – PowerArchiver ZIP/ZIPX AES encryption is not only standard based and compatible with all solutions, it is also FIPS 140.2 certified and it can be used in government agencies required to safeguard protective data with FIPS 140.2 certified solution.

VSS support

Do you need to compress databases, Outlook .pst files, or any other files that are exclusively used by some application? No problem for PowerArchiver – we have exclusive support for VSS (volume shadow support), which is usually used only by enterprise backups to access data that is not accessible to other programs.

Read and Write support:


Read and Extract support:

RAR (10% faster than WR 4.x), ARJ, ARC, ACE, MSI, NSIS, CHM, DMG, RPM, CPIO, VHD, XAR, LZMA, SquashFS, CramFS, ZOO, WIM plus ISO (ISO9660 and UDF) disc image formats.

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Multiple licenses (English)

Section 508 Compliance

Every version of PowerArchiver is Section 508 Compliant. Please click here to download VPAT PDF.
System Requirements

Operating systems:

    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows XP
    • Windows 2000
    • Windows Server 2013
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2003


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

Disk Space Requirements:

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


Multicore processor recommended for best speed.