TC4Shell: Archiver with Windows File Explorer Integration

When you download files from the internet, they are usually compressed into what we call archives. This is done to reduce the download file size, the time it takes to download them and obviously to bandnwidth used to download them. These archives can be of many different types – ZIP, RAR, 7Z, CAB and so on. There are hundreds of many different archive formats and for them you can use many really good archiver applications like 7-Zip or WinRAR.

But when using these applications to access the files packed inside an archive, you have to first decompress the files and then you can access the contents from the folder where those files were decompressed. For many people this is okay, but if you consider it much of a hassle, then you can use the free TC4Shell – an archiver that integrates completely into Windows File Explorer.

What makes TC4Shell different is the way it allows you to access the files packed inside the archives. It handles the archives just like any other folder. If you double-click on any ZIP file after installing TC4Shell, it will open in the familiar folder interface. From here you can access all the files inside the archives. All the common file operations such as copying, pasting, renaming, deleting dragging or dropping files are possible. In addition, you can run the executable files (.exe) and work with self-extracting SFX packages.


TC4Shell can handle a large number of archives of all the popular formats like the ZIP, 7Z, RAR, CAB, WIM, TAR, GZIP, ISO and more. In addition, it can decompress some of the executable files, disk images, and some other type of files. The compression is not available for some of the file types, but it is available for the most popular archive formats.

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