GNOME Archive Manager

Archive Manager (previously File Roller) is the archive manager of the GNOME desktop environment.[5]

Archive Manager
Archive Manager 3.10.1
Developer(s)Paolo Bacchilega
Initial releaseMay 12, 2001 (2001-05-12)[1][2]
Stable release3.34.2[3] (25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)) [±]
Preview release3.35.2[4] (24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)) [±]
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeFile archiver
LicenseGNU GPL


Archive Manager can:[6]

  • Create and modify archives.
  • View the content of an archive.
  • View a file contained in the archive.
  • Extract files from the archive.

File formats

Backend programs are needed to use Archive Manager as a frontend.[7] Archive Manager supports the following file formats:[8]

  • 7z (.7z)
  • ar (.ar)
  • ARJ (.arj)
  • gzip (.tar.gz , .tgz)
  • bzip ( , .tbz)
  • bzip2 (.tar.bz2 , .tbz2)
  • xz (.tar.xz)
  • compress (.tar.Z , .taz)
  • Portable Executable (.exe, .dll)
  • lzip (.tar.lz , .tlz)
  • LZO (.tar.lzo , .tzo)
  • JAR archives (.jar , .ear , .war)
  • LHA archives (.lzh)
  • RAR archives (.rar)
  • StuffIt archives (.bin, .sit)
  • tar
  • ZIP archives (.zip)
  • Zoo archives (.zoo)
  • Single files compressed with gzip, bzip, bzip2, compress, lzip, LZO, xz
  • ISO images (.iso) (read-only)
  • DEB (.deb) (read-only)
  • RPM (.rpm) (read-only)


While Archive Manager has the ability to use various formats (7z, rar, etc.) with the appropriate plugins, it doesn't give the option to compress using different levels of compression via GUI (High, Normal/Fast, etc.) unlike many other utilities. This can be set however using gconf-editor.

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-12-11. Retrieved 2016-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Petridis, Jordan (25 Nov 2019). "GNOME 3.34.2 Released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 14 Dec 2019.
  4. Catanzaro, Michael (24 November 2019). "GNOME 3.35.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  5. "File Roller makes archiving easy" Techrepublic. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  6. "3.4.1. Using File Roller" Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  7. File Roller is only a graphical interface to archiving utilities
  8. Danny Stieben (15 August 2013)"Linux Archive Managers Compared: Ark vs. File Roller" MakeUseOf. Retrieved 25 November 2013.

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