ark [-b] [-a] [-e] [-O]
[-c] [-f suffix] [-p] [-t
file] [-d] [-m] [-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 program.
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.
Show a dialog for specifying the options for a batch or
List supported MIME types.
-o, --destination directory
Default the extraction directory to directory. If
not passed, the current path is used.
Query the user for an archive filename and add specified
files to it. Quit when finished.
-t, --add-to filename
Add the specified files to filename. Create
archive if it does not exist. Quit when finished.
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
Use the batch interface instead of the usual dialog. This
option is implied if more than one url is specified.
The destination argument will be set to the path of the
first file supplied.
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
Open the destination folder when the extraction is
More detailed user documentation is available from
help:/ark (either enter this URL into Konqueror, or run
Will extract archive.tar.bz2 into the current
directory without showing any GUI.
Will first show an extraction options dialog and then
extract both archive.tar.bz2 and archive2.zip into the directory
chosen in the dialog.
Will create my-archive.zip if does not exist and
then add photo1.jpg and text.txt to it.
Ark is currently maintained by Elvis Angelaccio and Ragnar
Lauri Watts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Initial version of Ark man page in 2005.
Raphael Kubo da Costa <rakuco@FreeBSD.org>
Update of Ark man page in 2009.
Ragnar Thomsen <email@example.com>
Update of Ark man page in 2015 and 2016.