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I'm using 7-zip latest alpha version (9.30) and I find it really inconvenient that, if I want to create a .tar.gz archive, I have to create a .tar archive first then add it to a .gz archive later.

So is there any way (command line or batch script) to make 7-zip create and extract .tar.gz files in Windows in single step only? Or is there other freeware alternative that can achieve this?

Edit: I tried Peazip but this software won't play well with Total Commander as its context menu doesn't show when I right-click on files. Every time I add multiple files for archiving, for example 5 files at once, Peazip will shows exactly 5 of its windows flashing on screen.

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WinRAR can extract in one go but is not free, and cannot create .TGZ archives. TarTool too can extract but not create. Try IZArc and let me know. – Karan Feb 23 '13 at 16:44
I tried IZArc and thing goes weird. When I select 3 files for testing, the program doesn't create a .tar.gz file. Instead it creates 3 separate .gz files. I also tried the GNU Tar but it seems that there is no GUI for this program. – Teiv Feb 24 '13 at 1:55
Never used IZArc personally. Perhaps they are actually .tar.gz or .tgz files, just named .gz? As for GNU Tar, that will again be a 2-step process, since you'll need gzip and gunzip for Windows along with it. – Karan Feb 24 '13 at 2:11

One non-freeware option is Directory Opus. It may not be a good option for you since it's a competing product to Total Commander, but it's a worthy competitor with a tonne of great features that are really nicely implemented. Who knows, it may be worth the price of admission if you like its other features?

It's built in archiving function will add a hand-picked selection of files to a tgz archive in one step.

Trial at

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