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Password protect a zip file with 7Zip

If you want to password protect a zip file with 7Zip take a look at the following steps:

  1. Select the files/folders you want to archive using 7Zip.

    Select the files you want to zip.

    Select the files you want to zip.

  2. Right click and hover over the 7Zip context menu item until the submenu expands.

    The 7Zip Submenu.

    The 7Zip Submenu.

  3. Select the “Add to archive” submenu item.
    Add to archive submenu item.

    Add to archive submenu item.

  4. In the “Add to Archive” screen that appears, give your archive a name, select your archive format and compression level. Then under encryption type in the password you want, click on Show Password if requred, then press OK for 7Zip to process your files and created your zip file.

    Add to Archive Options Screen.

    Add to Archive Options Screen.

  5. Next 7Zip will compress your files into an archive and add the password.

    7Zip Compression Screen.

    7Zip Compression Screen.

  6. The archive will be saved in the same folder as the files you have chosen to archive unless you changed the location in the Archive options screen. If you double click on the archive file you will be confronted with the files you archived. Double clicking on any of the files will cause the password prompt to appear.

    7Zip Password Prompt

    7Zip Password Prompt.

That’s all there is to it. You now know how to password protect a zip file with 7Zip.

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Jason Edwards

  • How about hiding the file names in the encrypted zip?

    • That definitely is an interesting idea. Although to be honest it is the content that is more important to protect. But if you are interested in obscuring the filenames you can only do it if you are saving the archive as a .7zip file. You can use the following command line arguements when running 7-zip from a shell prompt: -mhe