App Directory: The Best File Archiver For Linux

App Directory: The Best File Archiver For Linux

While most Linux veterans would tell you the command line is all you need to archive a bunch of files, we’re fond of PeaZip for its feature-filled, easy-to-use (if sometimes glitchy) interface.


Platform: Windows/Linux
Price: Free

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  • Supports packing of 7z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP and unpacking of over 130 different archive types.
  • Includes its very own security-oriented PEA format
  • AES-256 encryptoin support for 7z, ZIP and PEA formats
  • Integration with GNOME and KDE desktops (though integrating it with GNOME takes a bit of manual work)
  • Command-line version also available



moving a few files around


File Roller

Still, for many people, they’re more than sufficient, and their integration with the desktop (especially in the case of Ark) are great, not to mention they won’t look as out of place as PeaZip. If you don’t need the advanced features PeaZip offers, you can probably just stick with your desktop environment’s default.

If you want advanced features but don’t like PeaZip’s GUI, your next step is hitting the command line. p7zip is one of our favourites, being based off the powerful 7-Zip for Windows, though you could always just use the powerful, built-in tar command as well.

Got another archive utility, whether GUI or command line, that you really like? Let us know about it in the comments.

Lifehacker’s App Directory is a new and growing directory of recommendations for the best applications and tools in a number of given categories.


    • A couple of reasons to use a GUI:

      (1) you’re in X and don’t have a terminal open;

      (2) every archive programme operates differently and, naturally, has different switches. Compare cpio vs tar – same basic function, but both accomplish it differently.

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