6 of the Best Free Linux Archive Managers
A file archiver is computer software which brings together a
group of files into a single archive file. An archive file is
therefore a collection of files and directories that are stored in one
file. There are many advantages of storing multiple files this way.
For example, an archive is a great way to store backup data,
transfer files to another directory, or to a different computer.
Archive files are often compressed to save disk space and reduce
This type of utility lets users compress, decompress, and
archive files and directories. Most archivers also store additional
metadata such as user and group permissions, timestamps, and directory
structures. Other features often found in archive managers include
support for multiple volumes, encryption, Unicode
names, password protection, and integration into the shell.
The granddaddy of archive managers is the tar utility
(together with the ar and cpio tools). Tar was created in the early
days of Unix and remains an essential utility for any Linux system. The
filename extension .tar is synonomous with file archives. Other types
of archive formats include .iso (for optical storage mediums such as
CDROM and DVD-ROMs), .shar, .cpio, and .ar.
Linux has a good range of open source archive managers, both
console based (such as tar) or sporting an attractive graphical user
interface and integrating with a desktop environment.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of the 6 archive managers we use the
most on a daily basis. Hopefully, there will be something of interest
here for anyone who wants to backup their data, create new archives,
and decompress files downloaded from the internet.
Now, let's explore the 6 archive managers at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Archive manager for the GNOME desktop environment
portable file archiver
||Disk ARchive: Backup directory tree and files
file archiver and archive format developed since the early days of Unix
||Fast and efficient compression with a wealth of features
utility for KDE 4
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