Chrome OS Can Now Extract rar, tar, tar.gz and tar.bz2 File Archives

Chrome OS will soon gain the ability to extract contents from  rar, tar, tar.gz and tar.bz2 file types. This feature was added to Chromium OS today and will soon be a part of official Chrome OS builds.

Chrome OS recently added support for unzipping .zip files and with this new feature, it will be able to unrar and untar files!  (was that the correct term?) So, file manager wordings will change from “‘Open zip file’ button to ‘Open’

Here is the full description from the code base.

Enable rar, tar, tar.gz and tar.bz2 archive support in CrOS file manager. This CL makes the following changes: 1. Change the CrOS file manager extension to handle rar, tar, tar.gz, tgz, tar.bz2, tbz, and tbz2 files in the same way that zip files are handled, so that they can be mounted as a virtual filesystem and expose their contents via the file manager. 2. Rename the ‘Open zip file’ button to ‘Open’. 3. Remove unused IDS_FILE_BROWSER_UNMOUNT_ARCHIVE and ARCHIVES_REGEXP from code. BUG=chromium-os:26764 TEST=Build chromeos and test opening supported archive formats via file manager. Review URL:

With this update, the native file manager in Chrome OS will be much more useful in managing offline files on your Chromebook. Look for this on your next dev build update!!

What’s the next important feature that the Chrome OS file manager will need to make it more useful?

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Maldar 24/02/2012, 3:09 pm

    I hope this feature will come to chrome browser as well. I download many zips and it takes a few clicks to unzip them. If chrome can handle this more easily, that should be nice.