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p7zip is command line port of 7-Zip for POSIX systems, including Linux.


Install the p7zip package.

The command to run the program is the following:

$ 7z


List the content of an archive:

$ 7z l <archive name>

Extract all files from an archive to the current directory without using directory names:

$ 7z e <archive name>

Extract with full paths:

$ 7z x <archive name>

Extract into a new directory:

$ 7z x -o<folder name> <archive name>

Differences between 7z, 7za and 7zr binaries

The package includes three binaries, /usr/bin/7z, /usr/bin/7za, and /usr/bin/7zr. Their manual pages explain the differences:

  • 7z(1) uses plugins to handle archives.
  • 7za(1) is a stand-alone executable that handles fewer archive formats than 7z.
  • 7zr(1) is a stand-alone executable. It is a "light-version" of 7za that only handles 7z archives. In contrast to 7za, it cannot handle encrypted archives.

See also