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Linux has lot of open source archive tools, the most popular one is tar, as more and more users using Linux on Desktops, graphic interface tools are more and more popular. The following tools in this article are all quite common, and all of them 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.


A file archiver that provides  the ability to create tar archives, as well as various other kinds of manipulation. Developed since the early days of Unix


dar is a shell command that backs up directory trees and files, taking care of hard links, Extended Attributes, sparse files, MacOS's file forks, any inode type.

File Roller

File Roller is an archive manager for the GNOME desktop environment, see the features page for further details.


Ark is a program for managing various archive formats within the KDE environment.


Free Zip files utility, free Rar files extractor, extract rar archives, it's a cross-platform portable file archiver


FreeArc is a modern general-purpose archiver. Main advantage of FreeArc is fast but efficient compression and rich set of features. FreeArc works 2–5 times faster than best other compression programs.
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