The original author has not made an update since 2016, but the version packaged in Arch Linux is from an active fork, and the upstream List of applications/Utilities#Archiving and compression tools for a list of front-ends that can use this compression method among others.AUR (or AUR) now has a Linux version. None of these provide a GUI, see
Install the package.
The command to run the program is the following:
Add file/directory to the archive (or create a new one):
$ 7z a archive_name file_name
Also it is possible to set password with flag
-p and hide structure of the archive with flag
$ 7z a archive_name file_name -p -mhe=on
Update existing files in the archive or add new ones:
$ 7z u archive_name file_name
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 -ofolder_name archive_name
Check integrity of the archive:
$ 7z t archive_name
Differences between 7z, 7za and 7zr binaries
The package includes three binaries,
/usr/bin/7zr. Their manual pages explain the differences:
- uses plugins to handle archives.
- is a stand-alone executable that handles fewer archive formats than 7z.
- 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.