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       ark - KDE archiving tool


       ark [-b] [-a] [-e] [-O] [-c] [-f suffix] [-p] [-t file] [-d] [-o directory]
           [KF5 Generic Options] [Qt(TM) Generic Options]


       Ark is a program for managing various compressed file formats within KDE. Archives can be
       viewed, extracted, created and modified with Ark. The program can handle various formats
       such as tar, gzip, bzip2, zip, rar (when the appropriate libraries or command-line
       programs are installed).


       Ark can be used either as a stand-alone GUI program as well as a command-line program in
       order to perform some specific tasks.

       If invoked without the -b (--batch) or -c (--add) options, Ark is started as a normal GUI

       When the -b (--batch) option is used, Ark can be used to extract the contents of one or
       more files directly from the command-line, without launching its GUI.

       When the -c (--add) option is used, Ark prompts for files that should be added to a new
       archive or to an existing archive.


       -d, --dialog
           Show a dialog for specifying the options for a batch or add operation.

       -o, --destination directory
           Default the extraction directory to directory. If not passed, the current path is

   Options for adding files
       -c, --add
           Query the user for an archive filename and add specified files to it. Quit when

       -t, --add-to filename
           Add the specified files to filename. Create archive if it does not exist. Quit when

       -p, --changetofirstpath
           Change the current directory to the first entry and add all other entries relative to
           this one.

       -f, --autofilename suffix
           Automatically choose a filename, with the selected suffix (for example rar, tar.gz,
           zip or any other supported types).

   Options for batch extraction
       -b, --batch
           Use the batch interface instead of the usual dialog. This option is implied if more
           than one url is specified.

       -e, --autodestination
           The destination argument will be set to the path of the first file supplied.

       -a, --autosubfolder
           Archive contents will be read, and if detected to not be a single folder archive, a
           subfolder by the name of the archive will be created.

       -O, --opendestination
           Open the destination folder when the extraction is complete.


           More detailed user documentation is available from help:/ark (either enter this URL
           into Konqueror, or run khelpcenter help:/ark).


       ark --batch archive.tar.bz2
           Will extract archive.tar.bz2 into the current directory without showing any GUI.

       ark -b -d archive.tar.bz2
           Will first show an extraction options dialog and then extract both archive.tar.bz2 and
  into the directory chosen in the dialog.

       ark --add-to photo1.jpg text.txt
           Will create if does not exist and then add photo1.jpg and text.txt to


       Ark is currently maintained by Elvis Angelaccio and Ragnar Thomsen.


       Lauri Watts <>
           Initial version of Ark man page in 2005.

       Raphael Kubo da Costa <>
           Update of Ark man page in 2009.

       Ragnar Thomsen <>
           Update of Ark man page in 2015 and 2016.