Search ZIP, 7z, RAR, and Many Other Formats with Enterprise Search

Archive and compression formats such as ZIP & RAR reduce storage space, but make it difficult to search for content directly. The company-internal search engine searchit clears the way to your data.

Compression and archive formats work wonders for shrinking file sizes and saving storage space. The undesirable side effect: On search queries in Windows Explorer, content is found only with difficulty or not at all. Learn how to efficiently access compressed files of all formats – even without downloading from unzipping programs such as WINrar and 7-Zip.

Search ZIP, RAR and Co. quickly with searchit

Search all compressed and archived files with full-text search without having to unzip them

Is there a difference between compression formats and archive formats?

Why can’t I view and search every file format in Windows Explorer?

Can I search a TAR file without unzipping it?

How can I search compressed files in searchit without WinRAR or 7-Zip?

How does searchit search search search nested ZIP files?

How is searching in Windows Explorer different from searching in Enterprise Search?

Is there a difference between compression formats and archive formats?

While archive formats bundle multiple files into one container file, compression formats allow you to reduce file size by removing redundant information. In short, archive formats are suitable for file organization and the transport of directories. Compression formats are ideal for saving storage space and making it easier to transfer files.

The most commonly used file types include:

  • Compression formats: ZIP, RAR, 7z, GZIP
  • Archive formats: ZIP, TAR, PST

ZIP occupies a special position because the format contains built-in compression. This will both bundle files and reduce their size. Another example of an archive format is the PST format, which is used in the Microsoft Outlook e-mail program.

Why can’t I view and search every file format in Windows Explorer?

In Windows Explorer, you can search for file names and metadata in the compressed and archived folders that are supported by default. These include, for example, the ZIP format. However, in the case of many compression and archive formats, Windows Explorer is not able to display the files contained in them. To access the files, users have to resort to special programs:

  • RAR: Requires WinRAR, 7-Zip, or other RAR-enabled applications.
  • TAR: Can be opened with 7-Zip, WinRAR and other archive programs.
  • 7z: Can be opened with 7-Zip or other applications that support the 7z format.
  • GZIP: Requires 7-Zip, WinRAR, or special GZIP extraction software.

Can I search a TAR file without unzipping it?

The TAR file format (short for Tape Archive) is used to create archives and is particularly common in Linux-based operating systems. Usually, a TAR archive needs to be extracted to search the individual files and their contents. Enterprise search software such as searchit is able to search content from TAR archives via full-text search without users having to unzip the files themselves.

Enterprise Search with searchit takes you further

With searchit , you can quickly search compressed files and nested file archives without having to unzip them.

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How can I search compressed files in searchit without WinRAR or 7-Zip?

searchit enables you to search in almost any data source across mail and file servers, external hard drives and the cloud. For this purpose, new and edited files are indexed at regular intervals and their contents are made searchable. In the case of compressed or archived folders, searchit uses specialized software components that unzip and index the folders in the background – without searchit users having to install extraction programs or unzip folders themselves. All that is required is access authorization to the compressed folder in order to search all contents using full-text search. This makes working with a wide variety of file formats more efficient and at the same time maintains the highest level of data protection.

How does searchit search search search nested ZIP files?

Yes, searchit allows you to search nested ZIP files in the same way as you do in single-compressed files and uncompressed files. Nested ZIP folders are ZIP files, which in turn are themselves in compressed folders. By automatically extracting during data indexing, all packaged files are made searchable by searchit . If you want to search specifically for data in zipped folders, you can specify this in the filter options in addition to other, diverse search parameters.

Search almost all search sources with Enterprise Search

Relevant search results for every query with the company’s internal search engine searchit. With fully automatic indexing, compressed and archived folders are unpacked and searchable with full-text search. The large number of connectors also enables searches in almost all sources.

Always optimized storage space management

To manage archives, we have developed a specialized plugin for optimal storage space management . Keeping track of duplicates and outdated data is crucial, especially with compressed files and nested ZIP folders – and saves you storage space and costs.

Interactive, content-based filter options

Search hits can be narrowed down with just one click using numerous content-based filter options. Among other things, highly intuitive graphical search filters and time dimension filters are available. Depending on the type of search, the available filters are adjusted.

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