engrampa - Man Page

Archive Manager for MATE

Examples (TL;DR)


engrampa [Options...] [FILES...]


Engrampa is the official archive manager for the MATE Desktop Environment, it is a graphical front-end to archiving utilities such as tar and zip. It is a fork of File Roller.

Engrampa supports most common operations such as creating, modifying and extracting files from an archive. You can also view the contents of an archive and open files contained within the archive.

This manual page briefly documents the engrampa command.



Specifies the archive file to open when engrampa starts. If this is not specified, engrampa will start with a blank window and you may open an archive from the menu or by using the shortcut CTRL+O.

-a, --add-to=ARCHIVE

Add files to the specified archive and quit the program

-d, --add FILE

Add files asking the name of the archive and quit the program

-e, --extract-to=FOLDER

Extract archives to the specified folder and quit the program

-f, --extract

Extract archives asking the destination folder and quit the program

-h, --extract-here

Extract archives using the archive name as destination folder and quit the program


Default folder to use for the '--add' and '--extract' commands


Create destination folder without asking confirmation


X display to use.

-?, --help

Print standard command line options.


Print all command line options.


Show the application's version.

This program also accepts the standard GTK options.


engrampa -h matelivecd.iso

Extract matelivecd.iso to ./matelivecd in the current working directory.

engrampa ./matelivecd/* -a matelivecd.tar.gz

Create a new gzip compressed tarball archive named matelivecd.tar.gz, containing all the files located in the ./matelivecd directory.

engrampa matelivecd.tar.gz

Open matelivecd.tar.gz to view and manipulate its contents.


Should you encounter any bugs, they may be reported at



Engrampa is written by Paolo Bacchilega <paolo.bacch@tin.it> and Perberos <perberos@gmail.com>.

This Man Page has been updated/re-written for the MATE Desktop Environment by

Stefano Karapetsas <stefano@karapetsas.com> (2014)
Adam Erdman <hekel@archlinux.info> (2014)


This manual page was originally written for the Debian Project by Sven Arvidsson <sa@whiz.se>, for File Roller. (2007)

See Also

Engrampa documentation can be found from the “Help” menu, or by pressing the F1 key.

Further information may also be available at: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/docs


1 February 2014 MATE Desktop Environment