An archive is a file containing one or more other files and / or folders, as well as metadata. Archives are used to combine the set of any files into a single container file for the convenience of storing and transferring information or just to compress data. Archives are used to create archives and work with them. The archives can preserve the folder structure, contain service information for detecting and correcting errors, comments and other information. Depending on the archive format, the data in it can be encrypted with a password.