Compactor VS w64devkit

Compare Compactor vs w64devkit and see what are their differences.


A user interface for Windows 10 filesystem compression (by Freaky)


Portable C and C++ Development Kit for x64 Windows (by skeeto)
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Compactor w64devkit
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2.2 8.1
4 months ago 6 days ago
Rust Dockerfile
MIT License The Unlicense
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Compactor. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-06-24.
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy "We wanted to give you an update on the final size of the PC version of the game, which will not be 150 GB. The team is in the last stages of optimizing the final game and we can confirm the file size will be approximately 80 GB at launch." | 2021-10-20
    Compactor shaved 30% off my DCS install - 80GB instead of 114GB.
  • File compression using ‘CompactGUI’? | 2021-10-16
    That's simply not true. I use compact.exe to compress all my games, its NTFS' built-in seamless compression. If you're going to give advice to someone at least make sure you know WTF you are talking about. u/Yes_This_Is_A_User use this one it's a nicer UI.
  • Help me I need Storage!!!! | 2021-10-01
    Hey, i’ve used a program called Freaky/Compacter,, it worked really well for me, got 10gbps off cs go, but it doesn’t work with all games, on gta i got around 800mbps, you should give it a try, it’s a life saver!
  • how bad is it to play games of internal SSD with linux OS runnig of USB
    You can free up a considerable amount of space in Windows by deleting junk files and old windows updates. Run cleanmgr as administrator first (tick all the boxes), reboot and then download and run ccleaner. Further to that, you can seriously free up a ton of space by compressing your games library and program files folders - you can use Compactor for this.
  • Legit my only complaint is storage space | 2021-09-25
  • From 330gb+ down to 100gb~ (steam/epic) | 2021-09-21
    With Freaky Compactor ;
  • If you're on Windows, consider using NTFS filesystem compression to save a LOT of space used by your flight simulators. | 2021-07-26
    The tool in the image is Compactor, a GUI front end to the Windows compact.exe built-in tool to utilise NTFS filesystem compression.
  • Pawsey accidentally leaks specs of AMD MI-Next GPU | 2021-07-06
    Compactor (GUI for built-in win 10 transparent compression) works really well for games, often getting 0.30x-0.65x compression ratios, game updates only decompress and patch what they need and then you just have to rerun the tool to recompress them. depending on your CPU, some games even load faster.
  • Why does my game still stutter after a GPU upgrade?
  • Awesome Rewrite It In Rust - A curated list of replacements for existing software written in Rust | 2021-05-27
    Compactor, a replacement for the venerable CompactGUI


Posts with mentions or reviews of w64devkit. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-09-07.
  • ideal Programming setup
    Vim, ctags, a good shell, standard unix utilities, and a C toolchain. Add the appropriate reference documentation and I can comfortably build anything. While I prefer Linux, I use this setup even on Windows, where I've packaged it all into a .zip under 50MiB.
  • A good C compiler for Windows ?
    For years nothing quite fit the bill for me, so I put together a Mingw-w64 distribution, w64devkit. There's no installer, no installation, fully offline, just unzip and run. It only has a static runtime, so you'll never to to distribute runtime DLLs. It includes basic unix tools (BusyBox), GNU Make, Vim, and GDB. It still works with Windows 7, but I haven't tried it with XP. If it's not quite what you want, it's easy to tweak the Dockerfile and produce a customized toolchain.
  • Compiled Rogue 5.4.2 on Windows 10 with VS2019
    Download This is my own Mingw-w64 distribution that includes compilers and useful development tools. It doesn't require installation, and you can just delete the unzipped directory when you're done if you don't want to keep it.
  • Anybody worked with C++ on Windows with Vim want to talk about their setup? | 2021-08-27
    I've put a lot of energy into this with my own Windows development kit. It includes basic unix tools (Windows port of BusyBox), Universal Ctags, GNU Make, and Vim. It also includes a Mingw-w64 toolchain, though that part's not so useful for you since you're using the VS toolchain.
  • I need to understand... | 2021-08-24
  • Is cpp compiling in windows a mess or is it just my head? | 2021-08-23
    building on the answer of others, if you want to have a look at another distribution of gcc for windows, have a look at w64devkit. I'm mainly a linux/embedded developer, but for the platform-independent projects I have a widows vm setup with this toolchain + cmake and it works | 2021-08-23
  • Trying to unzip a list of .gz files (Windows 10)
    Download a unix-like environment such as Msys2, Cygwin, or w64devkit (no install needed), then in Desktop/:
  • Frustrating installing Org-Roam on Windows. HELP! | 2021-08-04
    I used (I did have issues with this initially; I think I not only added the bin directory to PATH (the one with gcc etc), but also the libexec/.../libgcc path, which has cc1.exe. For some reason it couldn't find it on its own)
  • Compiling C on windows
    I've put quite a bit of effort into streamlining a portable Mingw-w64 distribution for my own use: w64devkit. Unlike MSYS2 or Cygwin it's not a unix-like platform, but it does provide basic Windows-path-aware unix command line utilities to make life a little easier. This might be something you find useful if you're looking to develop native Windows software on Windows.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Compactor and w64devkit you can also consider the following projects:

CompactGUI - Visual Interface for the Windows 10 Compact Function

cmake-init - The missing CMake project initializer

uBlock-issues - This is the community-maintained issue tracker for uBlock Origin

v86 - x86 virtualization in your browser, recompiling x86 to wasm on the fly

llvm-mingw - An LLVM/Clang/LLD based mingw-w64 toolchain