Introduction to xarchiver

XArchiver is a GTK+ archive manager with support for tar, xz, bzip2, gzip, zip, 7z, rar, lzo and many other archive formats.



Development versions of BLFS may not build or run some packages properly if dependencies have been updated since the most recent stable versions of the book.



xarchiver is only a command line or graphical interface to archiving utilities such as tar and zip.

Package Information

xarchiver Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.36

Optional (Runtime)

cpio-2.13, LZO-2.10, p7zip-17.04, UnRar-6.2.5, UnZip-6.0, and Zip-3.0

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/xarchiver

Installation of xarchiver

Install xarchiver by running the following commands:

./configure  --prefix=/usr               \
             --libexecdir=/usr/lib/xfce4 \
             --docdir=/usr/share/doc/xarchiver- &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop files into the /usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme and /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache. To perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.36 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.26 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache -qtf /usr/share/icons/hicolor &&
update-desktop-database -q

Command Explanations

--libexecdir=/usr/lib/xfce4: This switch fixes the location for the thunar-archive-plugin, so it will work if thunar-4.18.3 is installed.

--disable-gtk3: This switch allows building against GTK+2 or use --disable-gtk2 to force building against GTK+3 when GTK+2 is installed.


Installed Program: xarchiver
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/xfce4/thunar-archive-plugin, /usr/share/doc/xarchiver-, and /usr/share/pixmaps/xarchiver

Short Descriptions


is a GTK+ archive manager