From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Developer(s)Ingo Brückl
Stable release[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 3 May 2023
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeFile archiver

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 Xfce and LXDE.[3][4][5][6] Deepin's archive manager is based on Xarchiver.

It uses the GTK+2 or GTK3 toolkit[7] to provide the program interface; therefore, it is capable of running on any system where GTK support exists. Many 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 with an appropriate installed program[8] are 7z, static libraries, apk, arj, bzip, bzip2, bzip3, cab, cbz, compress, cpio, deb, epub, exe (self-extracting), gzip, iso, jar, jsonlz4, lha, lzh, lrz, lz, lz4, lzma, lzop, mozlz4, oxt, rar, rpm, snap, squashfs, tar, xpi, xz, zip, zpaq and zstd.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

It handles encrypted *.7z, *.arj, *.lrz, *.rar and *.zip archives.

Xarchiver uses the Direct Save Protocol XDS for drag and drop file saving.[15] The program acts as a front-end for various commonly installed libraries dealing with the supported compression formats.[16][17] Xarchiver can't create archives whose archiver is not installed.[8]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release". 3 May 2023. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  2. ^ "License". Xarchiver Project. Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ Newton, Matthew (28 March 2007). "New Linux Arrivals". PC World. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ Torelli, Giuseppe. 2007. L'alternativa per i file compressi. Linux Magazine, Agosto 2007: 60–62.
  5. ^ "Reasonably detailed review of Xarchiver at LinuxPedia" (in Italian). Linuxpedia.netsons.org. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  6. ^ "LXDE Component list". Lxde.sourceforge.net. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  7. ^ Frank Lichtenheld. "Xarchiver and GTK+2". Packages.ubuntu.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Chapter 3. Usage". xarchiver.xfce.org. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. [...] Xarchiver is a frontend [...] it can't create archives whose archiver is not available.
  9. ^ "About Xarchiver – supported file formats". xarchiver.xfce.org. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Review of Xarchiver at Software Verzeichnis" (in German). Heise.de. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Xarchiver review in Ubuntu Weekly News #25". Lists.ubuntu.com. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  12. ^ A brief review at LiNUXLiNKS
  13. ^ Debian Webmaster. "Description of Xarchiver at Debian.org". Packages.debian.org. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  14. ^ "description of Xarchiver". Freshmeat.net. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Drag-and-Drop file saving". Newplanetsoftware.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Series of Xarchiver screenshots". Softpedia. Linux.softpedia.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  17. ^ "Changelog for Xfce 4.4 with details of use of Xarchiver as integrated archive manager". Xfce.org. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.

External links[edit]