Ultimate Command Line Compressors




Explanation: The table is sorted on size. When there is no other compressor with better compression and faster (de)compression speed, the (de)compression speed is underlined and the row is colored green. This means the compressor is pareto optimal for (de)compression and is part of the pareto frontier when plotted in a size-(de)compression time plot.
The test files: 5613 undisclosed files and 517 folders from four games.
Total size: 1.057.326.080 Bytes
Compression method: all files compressed to 1 archive. For compressors that cannot recurse subdirectories, the files are first collected with QFC 3.02, using the switches: /r /sed.
Timing method: Execution time given by ptime 1.0. Timed on an Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7400 2.16GHz, 4096KB L2-Cache, 667Mhz FSB, 2048MB DDR2 PC2-5300 Memory.

Name of
compression program
Last tested
version
Practical usage
parameters
Size
(Bytes)
Compression speed
(KB/s)
Decompression speed
(KB/s)
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -cc 320.989.731 473.8 543.4
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -cO 328.406.538 530.2 2474.7
UHARC (PPM) 0.6b -md32768 -mx 336.402.858 555.9 678.7
UHARC (ALZ) 0.6b -md32768 -m3 338.741.996 603.8 4609.7
UHARC (ALZ) 0.6b -md32768 -m2 339.394.889 673.0 4560.5
UHARC (ALZ) 0.6b -md32768 -m1 340.578.233 773.0 4498.1
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -co 358.552.608 1258.5 4802.4
SBC 0.970 rev 3 -m3 362.369.003 2025.9 4222.0
SBC 0.970 rev 3 -b63 -m3 362.610.160 1508.8 4087.1
7-Zip (LZMA) 4.65 -t7z -mx9 365.664.787 2070.6 12046.1
7-Zip (LZMA) 4.65 -t7z -mx7 368.594.865 2277.6 12852.5
7-Zip (LZMA) 4.65 -t7z -mx5 371.332.724 2777.9 12400.7
SBC 0.970 rev 3 -b63 -m2 387.865.090 2032.2 4960.0
SBC 0.970 rev 3 -m2 387.928.081 3092.1 5071.5
RAR 3.80 -s -mdg -m5 400.354.271 3120.0 11436.8
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -cD 400.648.418 7518.9 10563.1
RAR 3.80 -s -mdg -m4 401.563.615 3422.1 11918.9
RAR 3.80 -s -mdg -m3 403.483.772 3674.5 13263.4
SBC 0.970 rev 3 -b63 -m1 407.626.187 2258.0 5890.5
SBC 0.970 rev 3 -m1 408.058.314 3724.7 6015.4
7-Zip (LZMA) 4.65 -t7z -mx3 409.907.499 4677.4 12458.3
UHARC (LZP) 0.6b -md32768 -mz 413.531.368 4404.2 4481.0
Fast PPMII variant J rev 1 -m256 -o16 415.862.252 1897.5 1745.5
Fast PPMII variant J rev 1 -m256 -o8 416.422.491 1935.1 1782.9
Fast PPMII variant J rev 1 -o8 428.685.646 2779.5 2438.2
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -cd 428.807.588 12632.1 9929.2
7-Zip (LZMA) 4.65 -t7z -mx1 429.143.789 7204.7 10853.0
Fast PPMII variant J rev 1 -o16 430.726.299 2656.7 2338.0
RAR 3.80 -s -mdg -m2 432.857.563 4026.8 14399.3
Fast PPMII variant J rev 1 -m256 -o4 435.911.862 2098.7 1962.5
Fast PPMII variant J rev 1 -o4 441.330.974 2889.4 2662.8
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -cF 464.836.384 19082.3 13181.8
RAR 3.80 -s -mdg -m1 476.952.949 16254.2 15079.2
PKZIP 2.5 -max 485.397.232 10226.9 15587.5
PKZIP 2.5 -normal 487.181.380 14815.2 14549.6
PKZIP 2.5 -fast 494.121.305 18953.8 14885.2
NanoZip 0.06 alpha -nm -cf 498.646.716 20798.2 12214.7