Type of site
Online file conversion
Available in English
Owner Mike and Chris Whyley
Alexa rank Positive decrease 3,591 (April 2016)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched 29 January 2006; 12 years ago (2006-01-29)
Current status Online

Zamzar is an online file converter, created by brothers Mike and Chris Whyley in England.[2] It allows users to convert files without downloading a software tool, and supports over 1,000 different conversion types.[3] Users can type in a URL or upload one or more files (if they are all of the same format) from their computer; Zamzar will then convert the file(s) to another user-specified format, such as an Adobe PDF file to a Microsoft Word document.[4] Once conversion is complete, users receive an email with a URL from where they can download the converted file. It is also possible to send files for conversion by emailing them to Zamzar.[5]

User privilege levels

Zamzar is currently free to use. However, users can pay a monthly subscription in order to access preferential features, such as online file management, shorter response and queuing times and other benefits.[6]

Legal issues

Currently, Zamzar is able to download and convert videos from a large number of video sharing websites - however, on 12 June 2012, it stopped providing support for downloading videos from YouTube after receiving a cease and desist order from Google's legal department.[7]

Naming etymology

Its name comes from Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Its main character is called Gregor Samsa and it is from his surname that Zamzar is derived.[2][8]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b Zhang, Michael, "Interview with Zamzar", Folksonomy, November 11, 2006 (archived version 2008)
  3. ^ Zamzar - Conversion format support
  4. ^ Lifehacker - Online file conversion with Zamzar
  5. ^ "Convert files by email". 10 February 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Convert file types - signup for Zamzar". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Downloading YouTube videos: No longer supported". 12 June 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ 10 Worst App Names - PC Magazine

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