Chapter 1. Introduction

Ark is a program for viewing, extracting, creating and modifying archives. Ark can handle various archive formats such as tar, gzip, bzip2, zip, rar, 7zip, xz, rpm, cab, deb, xar and AppImage (support for certain archive formats depends on the appropriate command-line programs being installed).

Ark's main window

In order to successfully use Ark, you need KDE Frameworks 5. The library libarchive version 3.1 or above is needed to handle most archive types, including tar, compressed tar, rpm, deb and cab archives. To handle other file formats, you need the appropriate command line programs, such as zipinfo, zip, unzip, rar, unrar, 7z, lsar, unar and lrzip.