Tips and Tricks for advanced users

Here are tips and tricks for advanced users but they can be difficult to understand for average users.

1. Auto Installation

Users can execute the installation file by putting /S (Capital 'S') after the filename to install it automatically without using the graphic UI. After installation, basic archive extensions are automatically associated with Bandizip.

2. Extract Automatically

The 'Extract Automatically' function found in the context menu works as follows:

  • Archive is extracted to the 'current folder' if there is only 1 file included in the archive.
  • Archive is extracted to the 'current folder' if the files of the archive are included in one folder.
  • Otherwise, the archive is extracted to 'ABC' folder.

For UNIX, archives are combined in 1 folder. With the 'Extract to ABC Folder' option, many folders are created with the same name. The 'Extract Automatically' function automatically decides which folder an archive will be extracted to.

3. Improved Compatibility with Mac OS

Unlike Windows, Mac and Linux use UTF-8 as the basic code page for extracting ZIP files. When you exchange an archive with a Linux or Mac user, enable the UTF-8 option when creating an archive in order to prevent fragmented file names.
This is a standard option for ZIP files so most up-to-date archivers support it but Windows Explorer or some archivers may not.

4. Change Installation Path

By default, Bandizip is installed at %LOCALAPPDATA%\Bandizip rather than in Program Files.
If you want to install it to another path, you can install it from the command line as follows:
(Make sure that '/D' is upper-case and there is no quotation mark for blank in the path)
c:\>BANDIZIP-SETUP.EXE /D=c:\Program Files\Bandizip
- Once the installation folder is configured, program updates are applied to the same location.
- If characters are missing in the context menu, restart Explorer.

5. Direct Run

To start Bandizip quickly, enter 'bz' after selecting Start Button -> Run (Windows key + R).

6. Compress with the Command Line

Bandizip doesn't provide a separate command line archiver. We considered developing our own one, but there great programs like 7z.exe which already exist. So we use this program.

7z.exe is installed in the \7z folder under the Bandizip installation folder and added to the environment variable (path) so you can compress files by opening the command prompt and enter the following command:
c:\>7z.exe a c:\devel
(* 7zip files are included in Bandizip according to LPGL license. For more details, refer to program information).