WinZip Self-Extractor creates self-extracting
Zip files. These self-extracting Zip files are ideal for electronic
file distribution, because they contain multiple compressed files,
minimizing download time and ensuring that important files do not become
Additionally, WinZip Self-Extractor allows the recipient to use a
familiar Windows interface to decompress files without a separate unzip
Self-extracting Zip files can optionally run a "setup" or
"installation" program, provided by the creator, after the files are
WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 is a companion product to WinZip and is
separately licensed. The current release of WinZip contains WinZip
Self-Extractor Personal Edition, a subset of WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0.
Support for Jpeg Compression: Create self-extracting Zip files that contain files compressed with Jpeg compression, delivering up to 25% compression of JPEG images with no loss in quality
Support for LZMA Compression: Create self-extracting Zip files that contain files compressed with LZMA compression, delivering powerful compression for many file types
Support for WavPack Compression: Create self-extracting Zip files that contain files compressed with WavPack compression, delivering lossless compression of .WAV (audio) files
Support for Zipx files: Create self-extracting Zip files from .zipx files that are compressed with advanced compression technology.
Unicode Support: To ensure international characters are displayed for filenames in a Zip file
Support for Advanced Compression methods: Supports PPMd and Enhanced Deflate compressed files
Icon Support: WinZip Self-Extractor supports icon sizes of 16×16, 32×32, 48×48, 96×96, 128×128, and 256×256. Vista png format icons are also supported.
Administrator Options: WinZip Self-Extractor allows you to specify the privilege level at which self-extracting executables may be run. The “Run as Administrator” option lets you create self-extractors that will prompt Vista users for elevated privileges so self-extracting software installation packages have the required privilege level to run on the new OS.
Support for Advanced Encryption: Create self-extracting Zip files that contain AES, 128- or 256-bit key, encrypted files.
Wizard driven: WinZip Self-Extractor is wizard driven, which simplifies the process of building self-extracting Zip files.
Customization: Easily create and customize your self-extracting Zip files.
Customize software installations: WinZip Self-Extractor can create self-extracting Zip files for software installation using custom icons and splash screen, set up and about box text, and can run .exe, .com, .bat or .inf files to facilitate software installation. Standard self-extractors can open any file type in its associated application.
Span disks: A self-extracting Zip file created by WinZip Self-Extractor can span multiple removable disks.
Invoke from Start/Run command: WinZip Self-Extractor can be run from the "Start" menu’s "Run" dialog box by simply typing "wzipse32".
Self-extractors for software installation: WinZip Self-Extractor can create self-extracting Zip files for software installation that can run standard Microsoft-format .INF files as an alternative to "setup" programs, and can clean up files even if the install process involves a reboot.
Issue optional command after unzip: There is no practical limit on the length of the optional command issued by self-extracting Zip files after the unzip operation completes.
International Language Messages: Self-extracting Zip files can be created with English or German messages.