Compress your files to the smallest possible size with File Optimizer [Windows]

Every file on your computer is way larger than it really needs to be. That’s because there’s a tradeoff between bandwidth, storage space, and processing power, and processing power usually wins. If you’re looking for a way to save drive space or bandwidth, compressing them as much as possible is a good place to start, and File Optimizer can do that for you.

File Optimizer supports any number of different filetypes. Images? Check! EXEs? You betcha! It’s able to do that because it’s actually just a combination of a bunch of open source tools that’d normally do the same task, but combined. This lets it compress more filetypes than most any other file compressor out there.

To compress a file, just load it up, right click, and click Optimize. Depending on the file, you might get anywhere from 50% original size to 100% original size–it all depends on the file, the format, and the compressing tool. The tool is lightning fast, save for PNG files, which take a while. Overall, it’s a great app to have, and is definitely worth downloading for anyone trying to save on disk space or bandwidth.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v1.70.104

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 10.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 4/37

Portability: No installation required!

File Optimizer homepage

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  1. Peter

    Somehow the download is uncommon (usually sourceforge.net does not offer an unrelated program full of (propably false – due to absolutely unnecessary EXE-packers) virus-warnings as default).
    The XPlorer zip archive which I accidently tried to download has been blocked by avast.

    FileOptimizer seems OK – has done no damage yet.
    IMHO it is no longer necessary to pack executables distributed in compressed archives by these artefacts like UPX etc. But I remember how glad I’ve been once upon a time with my 2GB HD for my i386 PC (*sigh*). These days I’ve been a fan of UPX. I still/again have got a version installed and unpacked FileOptimizer.exe from 735232 bytes to 2638336 just to get a better compression ratio than the author of the program: “upx –ultra-brute FileOptimizer.exe” gives me a 734208 byte executable. But why? I’ve got 240 GB free on my system drive (and would get another 100 GB when moving videos to an external drive). The only effect of the packers are false positive alarms by skin-deep looking anti-virus programs.

    What do other dottech readers think about this?