How to set 7-zip as the File Archiver For SOLIDWORKS PDM Copy Tree

Article by Justin Williams updated February 27, 2017

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It’s no secret I’m a big fan of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Copy Tree Feature.  It have many benefits, especially when compared to Pack and Go.   WinZip is the default archive utility for Copy Tree but we have the ability to configure that to 7-zip via the following steps.

This is a client based setting and won’t change it for all vault users.

Step 1: Administration Tool > Local Settings > Settings

Set 7-zip as the File Archiver For Copy Tree

Set 7-zip as the File Archiver For Copy Tree

Step 2: Select the Zip Program tab and input the Full path to the 7z.exe.

Enter path for 7-Zip

Enter path for 7-Zip

Step 3: For Arguments to the Zip program, enter a -tzip “%1″ @”%2” and check the Store source file names in a temporary text file box

Enter Arguments

Enter Arguments

Step 4: Hit OK.  Now 7Zip should be used whenever selecting Compressed Archive as the  Copy Type within Copy Tree

Copy Tree Compressed Archive

Copy Tree Compressed Archive

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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.