Chapter 2.4.1 ARK

ARK is a file archive utility. It can be used to view, compress, put multiple files in the same archive, and decompress files.

Supported file formats include:

  • 7 zip archives
  • Java Archive
  • Tar Archives
  • Tar archives compressed with bzip, gzip, lzip, LZMA, XZ compressed
  • Zip Archives

Screenshot

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Usage

To open a file in a archive, open the archive, then double click the File ‣ Open button. If you want to extract or move a file from the archive, use the extract button. After you have extracted to places and you have the file open it will appear in in the menu for quick areas to extract to in Archive ‣ Extract All ‣ Quick Extract to. To preview a file press Control +P or File ‣ Preview. To open a file placed in an archive File ‣ Open. To rename a file in an archive press f2 or File ‣ Rename. To delete a file from an archive press Delete or File ‣ Delete and you will have a confirmation so you do not accidently lose data as this can’t be undone.

To create an archive press Control +N or Archieve ‣ New to bring up the create new archive dialog. Enter in the Folder you want to create this archive in the folder or press the folder button on the right to select where to create this archive. Type the Filename of the archive you want to name the file. To select which type of archive you get a drop down menu to select tar or zip archive with various different kinds of compression in the Type drop down menu. Some types of archives will allow to expand tunable settings of compression to change the compression with higher compression but will take more cpu usage to decompress.

To add a file to your archive Archive ‣ Add Files which brings up a file picker to choose how to add files. Once you add a file press the Add button to add a file. If you want to select multiple files to add at once you can hold down Control and then left click on the files.

To view how to open recent archives Archive ‣ Open Recent. To clear the list of recent files Archive ‣ Open Recent ‣ Clear List. To find files in an archive press Control+F or Archieve ‣ Find. To view the properties of your archive press Alt+ return or Archive ‣ Properties. To test your archive press Alt +T or File ‣ Test Integrity.

Version

Lubuntu ships version 4:18.12.3 of ARK.

Customizing

To access your preferences Settings ‣ Prefrences. To show files in the associated program press the Open file with associted application radio button. To preview with internal previewer press the Preview file with internal previewer radio button. To have a warning when creating a zip file with AES encryption check the Show a warning when creating zip files with AES encrpytion checkbox.

To cancel your changes to your settings press the Cancel button. To apply your changes and close the window press the OK button. To currently apply your settings press the Apply button.

The Extraction Settings tab has options for extracting files. To open the destination folder after extraction check the Open destination folder after extraction checkbox. To close ARK after extraction check the Close ARK after extraction checkbox. To have ARK extract to a subfolder if the archive has more than one file or directory at the of the file check the Extract to subfolder if the archive has more than one top-level entry.

The Plugin Settings tab has settings for each individual plugin. The Name column is the name of the plugin and the Description column is a description of the plugin. To toggle enabling or disabling a plugin check or uncheck the checkbox next to the plugin name in the Name column.

To toggle preview for files larger than a certain size check/uncheck the Disable preview for files larger than checkbox. To change the size of the amount to be previewed change the field to the right of Disable preview for files larger than field.

How to launch

To launch ARK go to the menu Accessories ‣ ARK or run

ark

on the command line. The icon for ARK looks like a green box with a zipper.