Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Supported formats
  3. Basics
    1. How to install or uninstall
    2. How to set up file associations
    3. How to open an archive or disk image
    4. How to open a self-extracting (SFX) archive
    5. How to extract an archive or disk image
    6. How to create a new archive
    7. How to create a self-extracting archive
      1. How to create 7Z self-extracting archive
      2. How to create RAR self-extracting archive
    8. How to create an encrypted archive
    9. How to create a multi-volume archive
    10. How to create and use packing profiles
    11. How to add, update or remove files in an archive
    12. How to view archive’s properties
    13. How to set up a password
  4. Checksums
  5. Integration with plug-ins
    1. How to view installed plug-ins
    2. How to install new WCX plug-ins


TC4Shell is a file archiver which makes things as simple as possible, but not simpler. Once installed, it seamlessly integrates in Windows Explorer and provides all major features for ZIP, RAR, 7Z, ISO and lots of other formats directly from shortcut menus. As a result, you will be able to deal with archives and disk images just like with regular folders, including all the copy&paste and drag&drop operations.


TC4Shell works fine on all Windows operating systems, from Windows XP up to Windows 10. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are fully supported.

In addition, TC4Shell is compatible with WCX plug-ins for Total Commander, one of the most popular file managers for Windows. You can enjoy a multitude of ready-to-use WCX plug-ins, and open even more archives and related formats directly in Windows Explorer. For more details, please refer to How to install new WCX plug-ins.

We hope you'll enjoy working with TC4Shell just as much as we enjoy developing it!