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Type: Compressed Archive
Extension: *.zip

ZIP is a compressed archive format created in 1989 by Phil Katz. The format originally used the Deflate algorithm, but now supports several different compression algorithms.

Most operating systems have built-in ZIP support and can compress and decompress them natively. However, these built-in versions are usually poorly-implemented leading to developers creating better independent programs.


  • - A free archiving program. Works with ZIP, 7Z, and many other formats as well.

Reason For Inclusion

Audio rip archives and software downloads in the VGMPF use the ZIP format.