File Roller is personally my favorite file archiving tool available for the Linux desktop. An archive file is a file that contains other files, and some people encounter these file types on a daily basis. But File Roller is the archiving tool that can handle almost any archive format your throw at it.
The File Roller archive manager provides a simplified graphical interface that is easy to navigate. On Ubuntu and similar Gnome desktop systems this archive manager might already be installed. When installed on Ubuntu, you will notice tight integration with the Nautilus file manager.
This archive manager supports all popular archive file formats. You can expect quality performance for gzip, tar, rar, zip, archives, and many more.
File Roller will open automatically when double clicking on archive files. The contents of the archive are then displayed.
When the archive manager opens you will see the main window which is not very complex. You can even toggle on or off different parts of the main window at any time. This includes the toolbar and status bar.
You can drag and drop items directly from the file manager into the File Roller window to add to them to your archive. The File Roller interface itself functions much like a file manager in many ways. Right-click on archives from the file manager to see more options.
Here you can find some of the options and commands that will allow you to use the File Roller archive manager from the Linux command line.
You can use the command below to launch the File Roller archive manager from the Linux command line.
This is the standard usage for File Roller from the command line. Short, or long options are available in many cases.
$ file-roller --option -o /dir/file
Use this option to add files to the archive you specify.
$ file-roller -a /file /archive.rar
Will extract an archive using the name of the stated archive as the destination folder, File Roller will quit when completed.
file-roller -h /archive.rar
You should be able to find it under your applications menu in the accessories section by clicking archive manager. You can install the File Roller archive manager on your Linux desktop using the following commands in your terminal.
$ sudo apt-get install file-roller