Introduction


Archive Manager (File Roller) is Ubuntu's default application for handling the creation, modification and extraction of archives. File Roller supports a wide range of archive formats, and is well integrated into the Nautilus File Browser. Some formats are not installed by default in Ubuntu.

Usage


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File Roller does not have an application launcher that can be launched by itself due to it's integration with the File Browser. To launch it by itself, press Alt+F2 and type file-roller.

If an archive format is supported, double clicking on the file will automatically open the Archive Manager. You may add files and folders as well as extract existing ones.

Within the File Browser, archives can be created and extracted by using the right click context menu. Existing archives have an Extract Here option, which will extract the archive's folders into the current folder. Selected files and folders have a Create Archive option, which allows you to set where to make the archive and what format it should be.

Supported Formats


Installed by default in Ubuntu

The following archive formats are well supported, and installed by default in File Roller:

Format

File extension

Note

Tar

.tar

gzip

.tar.gz, .tgz, .gz

Compressed .tar or compressed single file

bzip

.tar.bz, .tbz, .bz

Compressed .tar or compressed single file

bzip2

.tar.bz2, .tbz2, .bz2

Compressed .tar or compressed single file

LZMA

.tar.lzma, .lzma

Compressed .tar or compressed single file

ZIP

.zip

JAR

.jar, .ear, .war

CD images

.iso

Read-only

Not installed by default in Ubuntu

The following formats require additional packages to be used. They may have incomplete support, with some requiring non-free software to have full support.

Format

File extension

Requires

7zip

.7z

p7zip package, which doesn't provide multi-volume support.
To support password-protected archives, needs the p7zip-full package

shar

.shar

sharutils package

ARJ

.arj

arj package

ACE

.ace

unace package, providing read-only support

RAR

.rar

unrar (non-free) or unrar-free package to extract .rar archives.
Needs shareware rar package to create .rar archives

LRZ

.lrz

lrzip package

LHA

.lzh, .lha

lhasa package

compress

.Z, .tar.Z, .taz

ncompress package

lZO

.lzo, .tar.lzo, .tzo

lzop package

Alternatives


  • Ark - Ark manages various archive formats, including tar, gzip, bzip2, rar and zip, as well as CD-ROM images. Ark can be used to browse, extract, create, and modify archives. This package is part of the KDE SC utilities module.

  • Xarchiver - Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent GTK+ frontend for manipulating 7z, arj, bzip2, gzip, rar, tar, zip, rpm and deb files. It allows you to create archives and add, extract, and delete files from them. Password protected archives in the arj, 7z, rar and zip formats are supported.

External Links


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File Roller (last edited 2014-04-18 13:32:14 by mmstick)