Chromebooks can now unzip more than ZIP files

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Chromebooks have always lagged behind Windows, macOS and Linux when it comes to working with local files, partly by design. Fortunately, Google is improving support for archived files in Chrome OS.

Your Chromebook can now handle .ZIP, .TAR, and several other archive formats, but you also need an Android app from the Play Store or Linux-based utility. 9to5Google reports that Chrome OS 101, which launched last month, includes support for many more types of archive files. Archives created in .7Z format promoted by 7-Zip can now be opened (unless password protected), along with some ISO files (often used for CD and DVD images). Finally, .TAR files are now supported, but not the more common .TAR.GZ or .TAR.XZ formats.

The current shortcomings of the new supported formats are annoying, but Google is not ready yet. The Chromium team said 9to5Google that support for more than two dozen formats is in the works, including .TAR.GZ, .GZIP and other common types of archives. In the meantime, you can use an Android app like ZArchiver on your Chromebook or use unzip or ART commands in the Linux terminal.

Google has recently improved many areas of Chrome OS to better compete with traditional platforms such as Windows and Mac. Warnings for bad USB Type-C cables Google has just started to spread, and Google is developing more Chromebook-oriented apps like Screencast and Italics. Slowly but surely, the Chromebook integrates features that have been available on other platforms for years, while retaining some of the simple design and accessibility that made them popular in the first place.

Source: 9to5Google

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