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The Three Best Ways to Convert Files Online for Free

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This one I just found the other day and it seems to be by far the best., supports 63 different file formats (and growing). You can find the entire list of all possible conversions here: This site also allows you to download videos from the internet from 27 different websites such as The maximum file size on this site is 200 MB, but another site also hosted by them,, supports videos up to 600 MB. A really cool feature I really like about this site though is its ability to convert pictures to editable text files (DOC, RTF, or TXT). So if you have a scanned document or something that you need to edit, you can convert it from a picture to an editable text file. On this site, once you convert your file and get the link, you will have 24 hours to download it before the file is deleted from there server and the link no longer works.

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  • 63 Supported File Formats
  • 27 Supported Video Sites
  • 200 MB Max File Size ( supports videos up to 600 MB)
  • Image to DOC, RTF, TXT
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NUMBER TWO: FREE FILE CONVERT is another great site for converting files. Free File Convert supports 73 different file formats and the list of all possible conversions can be found here: Free File Convert also supports 23 video websites to download videos from. It doesn't have as many supported video websites as Convert Files, but it does have more supported file formats. The website does not specify the largest file size, but I would guess that it would range somewhere between 100 MB to 500 MB (If you know the max file size, tell me in a comment and I will put it on here). Free File Convert, like Convert Files, also supports the picture to text feature. However, it only supports an image to be converted to a TXT file whereas Convert Files can convert to DOC, RTF, and TXT. The site also does not specify how long links will last before they don't work, but I would think it is safe to assume that they last 24 hours, but if you just download it immediately when it is finished, you won't even need to worry about that. On a side note, I have noticed that in my experience with this site, it was usually pretty slow to load and I had to click above the tabs to get to the one I wanted, but that could just be because I use Google Chrome as my browser.

Summary of

  • 73 Supported File Formats
  • 23 Supported Video Sites
  • No Specified Maximum Size
  • Image to TXT
  • No Specified Time For How Long a Link Will Last

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NUMBER THREE: ZAMZAR was the first online file converter I ever used. I used to like it a lot, but the one thing that really bothered me was that if you want to convert something, the link to the file is sent to your email; you can't just go directly to the link upon completion. Zamzar supports 87 different file formats (list of possible conversions:, but only 15 video sites (Observation: it seems that the for file formats supported, the less video sites are). The maximum upload size for Zamzar is 100 MB, but you can sign up (for a monthly fee) to convert files of larger sizes up to 1 GB. This also includes a faster conversion with no ads. This site unfortunately does not support the image to text features that the other two do. Once you convert your file, the link will be sent to your email and that link will be good for 24 hours before the file is deleted from Zamzar's servers.

Summary of

  • 87 Supported File Formats
  • 15 Supported Video Sites
  • 100 MB Max File Size (Can get up to 1 GB with an account)
  • No Image to Text Feature
  • 24 Hour links


I have not been using Convert Files for very long, but in the time that I have, I have noticed has been easiest to use and the most professional and fastest.  I especially like the ability to convert and image to text, it can be quite useful.  I have been using Free File Convert lately for all of my conversion needs until I found Convert Files.  Though the site has been a great deal of help, the unaligned buttons and slowness of the site bothered me every time I used it.  Zamzar, like I previously stated, was the first online file conversion system I used.  That too worked great because I didn't really have any files that would be more than 100 MB.  The only downside to that site was that the link would have to be sent to my email  which made the site just about as slow as Free File Convert, but for Free File Convert, I didn't have to log into my email, so I like that one better.  


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      Sibylle 4 years ago

      FREE FILE CONVERT's maximum video size is 300 MB