Last updated on September 22, 2020 by Dan Nanni
7zipprogram. How can I install
7zipon [insert your Linux distro]?
7zip is an open-source archive program originally developed for Windows, which can pack or unpack a variety of archive formats including its native format 7z as well as XZ, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and BZIP2.
7zip is also popularly used to extract RAR, DEB, RPM and ISO files. Besides simple archiving,
7zip can support AES-256 encryption as well as self-extracting and multi-volume archiving. For POSIX systems (Linux, Unix, BSD), the original
7zip program has been ported as
p7zip (short for "POSIX 7zip").
Here is how to install
p7zip) on Linux.
Debian-based distributions come with three packages related to
7ziparchive tool) which can handle its native 7z format only.
7zwhich can support 7z, LZMA2, XZ, ZIP, CAB, GZIP, BZIP2, ARJ, TAR, CPIO, RPM, ISO and DEB.
p7zip-rar: contains a plugin for extracting RAR files.
It is recommended to install
p7zip-full package (not
p7zip) since this is the most complete
7zip package which supports many archive formats. In addition, if you want to extract RAR files, you also need to install
p7zip-rar package as well. The reason for having a separate plugin package is because RAR is a proprietary format.
$ sudo apt-get install p7zip-full p7zip-rar
7zipon Fedora or CentOS/RHEL
Red Hat-based distributions offer two packages related to
7zacommand which can support 7z, ZIP, GZIP, CAB, ARJ, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB.
7zcommand and additional plugins to extend
7zacommand (e.g., ISO extraction).
On CentOS/RHEL, you need to enable EPEL repository before running
yum command below. On Fedora, there is not need to set up additional repository.
$ sudo yum install p7zip p7zip-plugins
Note that unlike Debian based distributions, Red Hat based distributions do not offer a RAR plugin. Therefore you will not be able to extract RAR files using
Once you installed
7zip, you can use
7z command to pack or unpack various types of archives. The
7z command uses other plugins to handle the archives.
To create an archive, use
a option. Supported archive types for creation are 7z, XZ, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and BZIP2. If the specified archive file already exists, it will
add the files to the existing archive, instead of overwriting it.
$ 7z a <archive-filename> <list-of-files>
To extract an archive, use
e option. It will extract the archive in the current directory. Supported archive types for extraction are a lot more than those for creation. The list includes 7z, XZ, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, BZIP2, LZMA2, CAB, ARJ, CPIO, RPM, ISO and DEB.
$ 7z e <archive-filename>
Another way to unpack an archive is to use
x option. Unlike
e option, it will extract the content with full paths.
$ 7z x <archive-filename>
To see a list of files in an archive, use
$ 7z l <archive-filename>
You can update or remove file(s) in an archive with
d options, respectively.
$ 7z u <archive-filename> <list-of-files-to-update> $ 7z d <archive-filename> <list-of-files-to-delete>
To test the integrity of an archive:
$ 7z t <archive-filename>
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