Generally, we do not need to archive anything on our system, but an archive application does the job when we download compressed files via email. It also helps to compress files on disk for email attachments. Without an archiving application, we might run into problems and corrupt the file while opening it up.
The xArchiver is such a lightweight archiving tool for Linux systems.
Here at LinuxAPT, we shall look into how to install and use xArchiver on Debian 11 "bullseye" system.
1. Install xArchiver using Debian Repositories
The xArchiver packages exist in Debian 11 repositories. To begin, ensure that the system is up to date with the below command:
$ sudo apt update
When the Debian repositories are up-to-date, you will have the opportunity to install the latest packages. Now simply use the following command to install the xArchiver packages:
$ sudo apt install xArchiver
2. Verify xArchiver Installation
Once installed we will check if the xArchiver has properly been installed or not. We can use both GUI and CLI to cross-verify the existence of the software. Here is how you will verify using the command line. Use the following command to check the version of the application:
$ xarchiver --version
You can use the graphical user interface of the system to launch the xArchiver application.
When you have access to it, you can simply search, hit enter, and run the application. It should be in your accessories folder.
Depending on your needs, you can perform a new operation or simply open an archive already available on your system.
To uninstall only the xarchiver package we can use the following command:
$ sudo apt-get remove xarchiver
We can use the following command to remove xarchiver configurations, data and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:
$ sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge xarchiver
This article covers how to install the xArchiver application on Debian 11 Linux system. In fact, Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent GTK+ frontend for manipulating xz, 7z, lzma, arj, bzip2, gzip, rar, tar, zip, rpm, lz4, compress, zstd, lzip, lrzip, lzop, lha, ar files including the deb format and self-extracting exe files, if they were internally compressed with either 7zip, arj, lha, rar or zip.