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Various archive formats can be created, extracted, tested, listed, searched, compared, and repacked by patool. The advantage of patool is its simplicity in handling archive files without having to remember myriad programs and options. The archive format is determined by the file(1) program and as a fallback by the archive file extension. patool supports 7z (.7z), ACE (.ace), ADF (.adf), ALZIP (.alz), APE (.ape), AR (.a), ARC (.arc), ARJ (.arj), bzip2 (.bz2), CAB (.cab), COMPRESS (.Z), CPIO (.cpio), deb (.deb), DMS (.dms), FLAC (.flac), gzip (.gz), ISO (.iso), LRZIP (.lrz), LZH (.lha, .lzh), LZIP (.lz), LZMA (.lzma), LZOP (.lzo), RPM (.rpm), RAR (.rar), RZIP (.rz), SHN (.shn), tar (.tar), XZ (.xz), zip (.zip, .jar), and ZOO (.zoo) formats. It relies on helper applications to handle those archive formats (for example bzip2 for BZIP2 archives). The archive formats tar, zip, bzip2, and gzip are supported natively and do not require helper applications to be installed.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  08 Jun 2014 10:08

    Release Notes: P7zip RAR detection on OS X systems has been fixed.

    •  30 Mar 2014 08:03

      Release Notes: Fixes detection of existing broken symlinks when unpacking.

      •  02 Sep 2013 20:39

        Release Notes: GZIP creation support for 7z modules has been added.

        •  19 Jul 2013 13:23

          Release Notes: Missing modules in the Windows installer have been added. Detection of LZMA and LRZIP files with file(1) has been improved.

          •  27 Jun 2013 20:28

            Release Notes: An error with detecting *.gz files has been fixed.


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