Preview Zip Files Online Using ArchView
By on August 20th, 2009

Opening zip files usually require downloading the whole archive and then decompressing it using a software. Things get even more inconvenient if there are a couple of corrupted files in the archive or if you only need one file from the archive but have to download the whole thing to get to that file.

ArchView is a Firefox Add-on that allows you to preview zip files online without even downloading them. Supported compressed formats are .rar and .zip. You can even use ArchView to preview .iso files. Once you have installed the add-on, clicking on any zip file would open it just like a windows explorer window and show the the content of the zip file.

It is a very useful tool to preview the contents of the zip file and save yourself from the hassle of downloading it every time. It supports HTTP, FTP and other file protocols.

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Author: Tehseen Baweja
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  • Glass Beads

    I think i should use this, this is very helpful because i dont want to download viruses

  • Wilson Pon

    WoW, it’s a very interesting stuff, as I didn’t know that we can preview the zip files, before we’re downloading it! Nice recommendation, Tehseen.

  • andrew

    I prefer using ezyZip. Lets you unzip/zip files in the browser too.

  • mc

    Thank you for the info. Another advanced tool of extracting zip files is here

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