An archive manager for the GNOME desktop environment, allowing users to extract archives

File Roller is an open source archive manager application for the GNOME desktop environment. As a matter of fact, the software is simply called Archive Manager and it is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) front-end to various command-line archiving utilities.

Designed for GNOME

Because it integrates well with the GNOME desktop environment, the application allows Linux users to effortlessly extract archives, as well as to view the contents of an archive or add/remove files to/from an existing archive.

In addition, users are able to view and modify a certain file contained in an archive, open, create and archives in various formats. The familiar user interface of the application can be used by novice and experienced users alike.

Features at a glance

The application supports numerous archive types, including gzip (tar.gz, tar.xz, tgz), bzip (, tbz), bzip2 (tar.bz2, tbz2), Z (tar.Z, taz), lzop (tar.lzo, tzo), zip, jar (jar, ear, war), lha, lzh, rar, ace, 7z, alz, ar, and arj.

In addition, it supports the cab, cpio, deb, iso, cbr, rpm, bin, sit, tar.7z, cbz, and zoo archive types, as well as single files that are compressed with the xz, gzip, bzip, bzip2, lzop, lzip, z or rzip compression algorithms.

It’s compatible with other desktop environments

While File Roller is the default archive manager of the GNOME desktop environment, it can also be used on any other open source desktop environment, such as Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, Openbox or Fluxbox.

When used under GNOME, the application provides some unique functionality integrated into the panel entry, such as the ability to create a new archive, view all files from an archive, view the archive as a folder, as well as to enable the folders view mode.

Bottom line

All in all, the application provides GNOME users with a capable archive manager, crafted to perfection and engineered to extract almost all archive types, as long as the respective command-line programs are installed.