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Library to (un)pack archives and (de)compress files

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Python library providing an API to unpack/decompress and pack/compress directories and files. It’s a wrapper around the supported archive and compression formats.

Supported Archives:

Archives are always unpacked to a new directory!
  • rar

    • application/rar
    • application/x-rar
  • zip

    • application/zip
    • application/x-zip
  • tar

    no compression (See usage examples below for an example of adding compression)

    • application/tar
    • application/x-tar

Supported Compressions:

  • gz
    • application/gzip
    • application/x-gzip
  • xz
    • application/xz
    • application/x-xz
  • bz2
    • application/bzip
    • application/x-bzip


pip install xtract

See the quickstart documentation for more detailed installation instructions.

Usage Examples

The convenience function xtract can be used to unpack/decompress anything:

>>> from xtract import xtract
>>> xtract('my-directory.tar.gz')

Use the all switch to loop until FileTypeNotSupported is raised:

>>> xtract('my-directory.tar.gz', all=True)

Compress a file:

>>> from xtract import bz2
>>> bz2('my-file.txt', delete_source=True)

Every function returns the destination (if successful) to chain them:

This creates an intermediate .tar file! Use delete_source=True to delete it afterwards.
>>> from xtract import tar, gzip
>>> gzip(
>>>     tar('my-directory', ['file1.txt', 'file2.txt']),
>>>     delete_source=True
>>> )

See the manual for more examples.


Copyright (c) 2017 Mathias Stelzer

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <>.

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