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This package was approved as a trusted package on 5/30/2019.

Package archiver makes it trivially easy to make and extract common archive formats such as .zip, and .tar.gz. Simply name the input and output file(s).

Files are put into the root of the archive; directories are recursively added, preserving structure.

The arc command runs the same cross-platform and has no external dependencies (not even libc); powered by the Go standard library, dsnet/compress, nwaples/rardecode, and ulikunitz/xz. Enjoy!

Supported formats/extensions:

  • .zip
  • .tar
  • .tar.gz and .tgz
  • .tar.bz2 and .tbz2
  • .tar.xz and .txz
  • .tar.lz4 and .tlz4
  • and .tsz
  • .rar (open only)

Command Use

Make a new archive:

<h1>Syntax: arc archive [archive name] [input files...]</h1>

$ arc archive test.tar.gz file1.txt images/file2.jpg folder/subfolder

(At least one input file is required.)

To extract an archive:

<h1>Syntax: arc unarchive [archive name] [destination]</h1>

$ arc unarchive test.tar.gz

(The destination path is optional; default is current directory.)

List archive contents

<h1>Syntax: arc ls [archive name]</h1>

$ arc ls caddy_dist.tar.gz
drwxr-xr-x  matt    staff   0       2018-09-19 15:47:18 -0600 MDT   dist/
-rw-r--r--  matt    staff   6148    2017-08-07 18:34:22 -0600 MDT   dist/.DS_Store
-rw-r--r--  matt    staff   22481   2018-09-19 15:47:18 -0600 MDT   dist/CHANGES.txt
-rw-r--r--  matt    staff   17189   2018-09-19 15:47:18 -0600 MDT   dist/EULA.txt
-rw-r--r--  matt    staff   25261   2016-03-07 16:32:00 -0700 MST   dist/LICENSES.txt
-rw-r--r--  matt    staff   1017    2018-09-19 15:47:18 -0600 MDT   dist/README.txt
-rw-r--r--  matt    staff   288     2016-03-21 11:52:38 -0600 MDT   dist/

The archive name must end with a supported file extension - this is how it knows what kind of archive to make. Run archiver -h for more help.

To install archiver, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install archiver

To upgrade archiver, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade archiver


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'archiver'
    $url64 = ''
    $checksum64 = 'c9a388a66d7f87cbdb1ca42d08721c4f894e6028fe3250e66a0100cdb7e5205d'
    $checksumType64 = 'sha256'
    $destination = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $file = "$($destination)\arc.exe"
    if (![System.IO.Directory]::Exists($destination)) {[System.IO.Directory]::CreateDirectory($destination)}
    Get-ChocolateyWebFile `
      -PackageName    $packageName `
      -FileFullPath   $file `
      -Url            $url64 `
      -Url64bit       $url64 `
      -Checksum       $checksum64 `
      -Checksum64     $checksum64 `
      -ChecksumType   $checksumType64 `
      -ChecksumType64 $checksumType64

Virus Scan Results

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.


This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Matt Holt


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
archiver 3.0.0 48 Thursday, November 8, 2018 approved
archiver 2.1 213 Tuesday, September 11, 2018 approved
archiver 2.0 615 Monday, July 24, 2017 approved

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