You can use the Archive Manager application to create, view, modify, or unpack an archive. An archive is a file that acts as a container for other files. An archive can contain many files, folders, and subfolders, usually in compressed form.

With this application you can do the following:

  • View the files and folders in an archive
  • Modify archives easily without having to repackage
  • Encrypt an archive
  • Unpack an archive to a location on your system
  • Create archives in various archive formats

Basic Usage

Using Archive Manager

A compressed non-archive file is a file that is created when you use bzip2, gzip, lzip, lzop, compress or rzip to compress a non-archive file. For example, file.txt.gz is created when you use gzip to compress file.txt.

You can use Archive Manager to create, open and extract a compressed non-archive file.

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You can access the application in the following ways:

  • Computer ▸ More Applications ▸ Accessories section ▸ Archive Manager.
  • From the command line, type: 'file-roller &'

Archive Formats

Archive Formats

Archive Manager provides only a graphical interface (i.e. a 'Front-end'), and relies on command-line utilities such as tar, gzip, and bzip2 for archive operations.

If you have the appropriate command-line tools installed on your system, Archive Manager supports the archive formats listed in the following table.

Format Filename Extension
7-Zip archive .7z
WinAce archive .ace
ALZip archive .alz
AIX small indexed archive .ar
ARJ archive .arj
Cabinet file .cab
UNIX CPIO archive .cpio
Debian Linux package .deb
ISO-9660 CD disc image .iso
Java archive .jar
Java enterprise archive .ear
Java web archive .war
LHA archive .lha, .lzh
WinRAR compressed archive .rar
RAR Archived Comic Book .cbr
RPM Linux package .rpm
Uncompressed tar archive .tar
Tar archive compressed with bzip .tar.bz or .tbz
Tar archive compressed with bzip2 .tar.bz2 or .tbz2
Tar archive compressed with gzip .tar.gz or .tgz
Tar archive compressed with lzip .tar.lz or .tlz
Tar archive compressed with lzop .tar.lzo or .tzo
Tar archive compressed with compress .tar.Z or .taz
Tar archive compressed with 7zip .tar.7z
Stuffit archives .bin or .sit
KZIP or WinZip archive .zip
ZIP Archived Comic Book .cbz
Zoo archive .zoo

The most common archive format on UNIX and Linux systems is the tar archive compressed with gzip or bzip2.

The most common archive format on Microsoft Windows systems is the archive created with PKZIP or WinZip.

Working With Archives

Working With Archives

To Open an Archive
To open an archive, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose Archive ▸ Open to display the Open dialog. Alternatively press Ctrl+O, or click Open in the toolbar.
  2. Select the archive that you want to open.
  3. Click Open.

Archive Manager automatically determines the archive type, and displays:

  • The archive name in the window titlebar
  • The archive contents in the display area
  • The number files and folders (objects) in the current location, and their size when uncompressed, in the statusbar

To open another archive, choose Archive ▸ Open again. Archive Manager opens each archive in a new window. You can't open another archive in the same window.

If you try to open an archive that was created in a format that Archive Manager does not recognize, the application displays an error message. See Section 1 ― Introduction for a list of supported formats.

Select Files in an Archive
To select all files in an archive, choose Edit ▸ Select All or press Ctrl+A.

To deselect all files in an archive, choose Edit ▸ Deselect All or press Shift+Ctrl+A.

To Extract Files From an Archive
To extract files from an open archive, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the files that you want to extract. To select more files, press-and-hold Ctrl and click on the files you want to select.
  2. Choose Archive ▸ Extract to display the Extract dialog. Alternatively click Extract in the toolbar.
  3. Select the folder where Archive Manager extracts the files.
  4. Select the required extract options. For more information about the extract options, see Section 11 ― Extract Options.
  5. Click Extract.

If all of the files in the archive are protected by a password, and you have not specified it, Archive Manager asks you to enter the password.

If some but not all of the files in the archive are protected by a password, and you have not specified the password, Archive Manager does not ask for a password. However, Archive Manager extracts only the unprotected files.

Further Information

Further Reading and Information

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