More archive files, including 7z, ISO, and tar, can now be opened in ChromeOS.

With increased support for archive formats like 7z, iso, and tar, along with additional support on the way, ChromeOS is now more capable of managing files.

We broke the news initially in July that Google was developing a new method for the ChromeOS Files app to browse and extract files from a variety of various formats. That feature has now started to appear over a year later, with the May update to ChromeOS 101.

Three new archive types can now be opened on your Chromebook in their initial state. First off, the 7z format, an archive format that was first used by the 7-Zip software, now has new support in ChromeOS. Some users prefer to produce smaller files for sharing and storing by using 7z files rather than traditional zip archives. Notably, 7z files with password protection are not currently supported.

the crx format must be recognizable to everyone who has ever created a Chrome Extension. Even though the Chrome Web Store claims to make adding new extensions simple, in reality it just distributes these crx files together with the extensions’ source code. Since they are only renamed zip archives, opening these files now on ChromeOS probably didn’t require much effort.

Additionally, ISO files—which serve as a representation of the data that would be stored on a disc like a CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray—can now be correctly mounted in ChromeOS. These files were frequently used as the foundation for writing a fresh disc with the same data on it. Although disc drives have lost popularity recently, you still can’t buy a Chromebook with a CD/DVD drive because the format is still used for operating systems and archiving.

ChromeOS Files app with two archives mounted, one in iso format, one in 7z

We were able to quickly access the files contained in the most recent Ubuntu ISO that we had downloaded as a test. Notably, some ISO files—specifically those in the UDF format format—are not supported.

Last but not least, ChromeOS has enabled support for tar files, popularly known as tape archives and a format that has been around since 1979, for Linux lovers. Even now, Linux still makes use of tar files, most frequently for distributing software. However, these tar files are typically further compressed into a format like.tar.gz or.tar.xz, neither of which are currently supported by ChromeOS.

Instead, a second wave of ChromeOS’s expanded archive support—including these formats and more—will debut in August with version 104. Bzip2, gzip, lzma, lzw, xz, and Zstandard formats, all of which are frequently used to compress the tar archives used by Linux, are all included in the complete list of supported archives.

The following file extensions are used: tar.gz, tgz, gz, tar.bz2,, tbz2, tbz, tb2 tz2, bz2, bz, tar.xz, txz, xz, tar.lz, tlz, tlzma, tlzma, lzma, tar.zst,

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