Chapter 1.  Introduction

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About Xarchiver
Where to get it

About Xarchiver

Xarchiver is a small and lightweight archive manager. I developed it to manage archives without depending from a special Desktop Environment like KDE or GNOME, so Xarchiver requires only the GTK+2 toolkit to work. The package xdg-utils is optional.

Xarchiver presents the following characteristic::

  • Archive directories can be browsed just like a file manager
  • Mime icon for each of the archive entries
  • The most used archiver cmd-line options are supported in the Add and Extract dialogs
  • Tabs Firefox style support
  • Multi-extract facility
  • Dump of the whole archive content as HTML or text file
  • Context menu on each of the archive entries with cut/copy/paste/rename abilities
  • Archives are detected by their magic header and not by the extension except for .tar.bz2 and .tar.gz
  • Drag and drop from and to Xarchiver window
  • Progress window when using Xarchiver from the cmd-line or from a file-manager
  • ARJ, RAR and ZIP archive comment are supported
  • Ability to convert the archive to self-extracting for those archive types which support it
  • Smart detection of arj, zip and rar password encrypted archives
  • All the the output of the cmd-line archiver is displayed in the Xarchiver window
  • All common formats are supported: arj, bzip2, gzip, lha, lzma, 7z, rar, tar, tar.bz2, tar.gz, tar.lzma, zip, deb and rpm packages (open and extract only)
  • Deb and Rpm packages are handled internally, their package managers are NOT required.
  • Zip, rar, arj and 7z password encrypted archives are fully supported (7z automatic password detection is not supported)