Can someone tell me how can I extract a password protected .7z file in Ubuntu server?

(I know the password, I just need a program to do so and an example of how to use said program...)


Install p7zip-full on the server first and then run this to extract a z7 archive called test.7z, encrypted with the password password:

7z x test.7z -ppassword

As JanC adds below, you can omit the whole -ppassword flag and it will just ask you for the password on extraction:

oli@bert:~/Desktop$ 7z x test.7z

7-Zip 9.04 beta  Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Igor Pavlov  2009-05-30
p7zip Version 9.04 (locale=en_GB.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,8 CPUs)

Processing archive: test.7z

Enter password (will not be echoed) : <<I typed the password here>>

Extracting  botch2

Everything is Ok

Folders: 1
Files: 0
Size:       0
Compressed: 118
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    I think it also asks for the password if you don't give one on the commandline (which might be safer if multiple users use the server). – JanC Nov 16 '10 at 9:07
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    I can confirm that is true. – Oli Nov 16 '10 at 9:10
  • Anywhay this can be done via gui? – tinhed Nov 16 '10 at 15:46
  • @tinhead Right click the file, click extract, bung in the password. I thought this was the out-the-box behaviour but in case it isn't, I have the file-roller, lzma and p7zip-full packages installed. Install some of them and try again. – Oli Nov 16 '10 at 15:57
  • Well that's great. Spent 10 hours compressing, turns out that -p='my passphrase' is not the right argument format. Fileroller didn't want to compress it, hanging itself after gathering a list of files, so had to use the command line. Can't figure out what the pwd is. It's not my passphrase, 'my passphrase', ='my, ='my passphrase' or ='my passphrase. Great. Starting compressing again, this time with argument -pmy\ passphrase, that seemed to work (tested it this time around)... Edit: Also -mhe=on might be worth mentioning. – Luc Aug 2 '13 at 7:34

there is a rarcrack to do this task. It can handle .rar, .zip and .7z files. Check out this article:


Hope this will help

  • tnx for this, but I know the password, just need to extract this :) – Wolfy Nov 16 '10 at 8:17
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    rarcrack is also pretty awful with its false positives. I tested it on my test.7z from above and it kept exiting with wrong passwords. – Oli Nov 16 '10 at 9:05
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    Broken link, error 404. – gerrit Oct 19 '15 at 19:10

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