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Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with the GTK+2 toolkit. It was my intention to develop a simple GUI which could be used with any desktop environment and would operate using the command line rather than API calls. Xarchiver has been designed from the ground up to be fast and easy-to-use. Its user interface is clean and intuitive, and does not include any confusing or useless options.

Xarchiver supports 7-zip, arj, bzip2, gzip, rar, lha, lzma, lzop, deb, rpm, tar and zip archives, archive navigation with mimetype icons, archive comment ability and archive listing as HTML or txt. Cut/Copy/Paste/Rename actions within files of different archives are supported too. Password detection is automatic for arj, zip and rar files. Password encryption is available for these file types, as well as 7-zip. Xarchiver can also generate self-extracting binaries from zip, 7-zip and rar archives and allows solid archives creation. It supports drag and drop through the XDS protocol, and Firefox-like tabs. An archive multi-extract ability with a progress bar is included. Last but not least a progress bar window is available when using Xarchiver from the command-line or from Thunar file-manager.


I'm pleased to announce Xarchiver development has begaaaaaaaaaaaan! Please download the last revision with SVN and give feedback! Only opening ZIP works right now. No add and extract abilities (yet...)

The latest stable release of Xarchiver is 0.5.4 released on 28/09/14. This is a bugfix release thanks to great work of Frederick GUERIN.


Xarchiver is written by the project leader Giuseppe Torelli with the occasional help of few developers who stop by the project and send patches for improving it.

You can help out developing Xarchiver in several ways. I need people who are willing to test, debug the software, provide patches and improving its speed when handling large archives. If you do not possess any programming skills, you can help with other tasks that need to be done, like translating Xarchiver and its documentation actually in English only. You may also donate to keep my interest up in the ongoing development, thanks.