Howto: Thunar archive plugin and Xarchiver

August 22, 2006 at 3:00 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 8 Comments

Currently the Thunar Archive Plugin only supports Ark and File-Roller, but Xarchiver support is available too. Here’s how:

1) Download thunar-archive-plugin_0.2.0-3_i386.deb, libexo-0.3-0_0.3.1.8-1_i386.deb, and xarchiver_0.3.9.2-0ubuntu1_i386.deb:


2) Install the .deb’s:

sudo dpkg -i thunar-archive-plugin_0.2.0-3_i386.deb libexo-0.3-0_0.3.1.8-1_i386.deb xarchiver_0.3.9.2-0ubuntu1_i386.deb

3) Download and place it in /usr/lib (otherwise, you may have problems starting Thunar):

sudo cp /usr/lib

4) Make a link between /usr/libexec/xarchiver.tap and /usr/lib/xarchiver.tap (in case it doesn’t work):

sudo ln -s /usr/libexec/xarchiver.tap /usr/lib/xarchiver.tap

5) Now, you will be able to extract files with Xarchiver from Thunar. If you have more than one archiving program, a choice will pop up on which one to use.

Note that this doesn’t support .deb’s, .rpm’s, etc. You will have to use the command line for that.



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  1. Can you provide the xarchiver.tap file to be placed in /usr/lib/thunar-archive-plugin so that thunar can use xarchiver ?
    I tried myself by looking at file-roller.tap and ark.tap but I don’t have any scripting skills so it didn’t work.

    Thank you

  2. OK, found it using google at this URL

  3. Hmm, this deb puts it in /usr/libexec. I’ll fix it.

  4. the links for the debs seem to be broken. Can you update them?

  5. Weird, they work fine here.

  6. The following worked for me. Thanks.

    4) Make a link between /usr/libexec/thunar-archive-plugin/xarchiver.tap and /usr/lib/thunar-archive-plugin/xarchiver.tap (in case it doesn’t work):

    sudo ln -s /usr/libexec/xarchiver.tap /usr/lib/xarchiver.tap

  7. SORRY!!! THIS worked for me. (I’m obviously new at this.)

    4) Make a link between /usr/libexec/thunar-archive-plugin/xarchiver.tap and /usr/lib/thunar-archive-plugin/xarchiver.tap (in case it doesn’t work):

    sudo ln -s /usr/libexec/thunar-archive-plugin/xarchiver.tap /usr/lib/thunar-archive-plugin/xarchiver.tap

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    front of the queue, all automatically. Anyone know if there is a plugin that can do this or
    a simple way to set up another plugin to do this (use my own feed perhaps)?

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