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 separated.

Additionally, WinZip Self-Extractor allows the recipient to use a familiar Windows interface to decompress files without a separate unzip utility.

Self-extracting Zip files can optionally run a “setup” or “installation” program, provided by the creator, after the files are decompressed.

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. For a comparison between WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition and WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0, click here.