How do I install 7zip through Terminal to extract rar files?

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I don't know why would you like specifically 7-zip's binary to extract RAR, but here we go:

To unrar files with... unrar:

sudo apt-get install unrar-free
unrar e some.rar

To extract rar files with 7-zip:

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
7z x some.rar

e and x mean extract obviously.

  • instead of using zip, tar, unrar, etc. we could use the same tool (7z) with the same interface for all of them
    – qwr
    Sep 10, 2019 at 21:33

You may use p7zip. And you can install p7Zip using command : sudo apt-get install p7zip.

To extract RAR archives, you'll need to install package "p7zip-rar", too.

Install it using : sudo apt-get install p7zip-rar

Or you can get it done in single command : sudo apt-get install p7zip p7zip-rar

Read p7zip manual for more information: man p7zip

  • Post-bounty note: This was the only answer that correctly mentioned the required package for 7zip to be able to extract rar files. p7zip-rar depends on p7zip-full, but the reverse is not true as assumed by other answers when bounty was started.
    – user37165
    Nov 14, 2019 at 12:05

Use the following command to Install 7Zip:

$ sudo apt-get install p7zip-full

Extract files using 7zip:

$ 7z e example.zip

(Or use the x option instead of e to preserve file paths).

Compress files using 7zip:

$ 7z a compress.zip

For more information, visit the reference

  • I didn't come right with the accepted answer. This worked spot-on. Jun 4, 2020 at 12:01

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