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Developer(s) Giuseppe Torelli
Stable release 0.5.2 / 2008-11-12; 13 months ago
Written in C
Operating system Unix-like
Type File archiver
License GPL

Xarchiver is a front-end to various command line archiving tools for Linux and BSD operating systems, designed to be independent of the desktop environment. It is the default archiving application of Xubuntu, KateOS, 4Bak, Xfce and LXDE. [1] [2] [3] [4]

It uses the GTK+2 toolkit [5] to provide the program interface; therefore it is capable of running on any system where GTK+2 support exists. A large number of other applications also use the toolkit, so support is widespread among other Linux distributions irrespective of their specific desktop solution.

Supported formats at this time (version 0.5.2) with an appropriate installed program[6] are 7z, ARJ, bzip2, gzip, LHA, lzma, lzop, RAR, RPM, DEB, tar, and ZIP. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] Xarchiver uses the Direct Save Protocol XDS for drag and drop file saving. [13] The program acts as a front-end for various commonly installed libraries dealing with the supported compression formats.[14] [15] Xarchiver can't create archives whose archiver is not installed.[6]

Currently, the Xfce master branch of Xarchiver is being continued at github.

See also


  1. ^,130110-page,2-c,linux/article.html PC World - New Linux Arrivals.
  2. ^ Torelli, Giuseppe. 2007. L'alternativa per i file compressi. Linux Magazine, Agosto 2007: 60-62.
  3. ^ Reasonably detailed review of Xarchiver at LinuxPedia (in Italian)
  4. ^ LXDE Component list
  5. ^ Xarchiver and GTK+2
  6. ^ a b Xarchiver is a frontend and it can't create archives whose archiver is not available.
  7. ^ About Xarchiver - supported file formats
  8. ^ Review of Xarchiver at Software Verzeichnis (in German)
  9. ^ Xarchiver review in Ubuntu Weekly News #25
  10. ^ A brief review at LiNUXLiNKS
  11. ^ Description of Xarchiver at
  12. ^ description of Xarchiver
  13. ^ Drag-and-Drop file saving.
  14. ^ Series of Xarchiver screenshots
  15. ^ Changelog for Xfce 4.4 with details of use of Xarchiver as integrated archive manager

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