Yesterday I installed 7zip on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I was able to extract a .rar file by using the Archive Manager.

Right click -> Extract Here

Today I decided to reinstall Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Then I installed 7zip from the Ubuntu Software Center and I tried to extract a .rar file the same way as last time and I see the following:

"Could not open this file type. There is no command installed for RAR archive files. Do you want to search for a command to open this file?"

I know that you can install unrar if you want to extract .rar files using the Archive Manager but I want to know why 7zip worked the last time and now after a fresh install it doesn't.


Make sure the p7zip-full and p7zip-rar packages are both installed. It is particularly p7zip-rar that is needed to provide RAR extraction functionality.

You can install those packages in the Software Center, or you may prefer to install them in a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) by running:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install p7zip-full p7zip-rar
  • Thanks for the help. I installed p7zip-rar and now it works fine.
    – kalpetros
    Mar 31 '13 at 0:40
  • The same applies to Ubuntu 18.04.
    – jnnnnn
    Mar 5 '19 at 23:11

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