I definitely used to be able to select a set of files in File Manager and right-click >> "Compress" and pick the format (e.g. .tar.gz). I think I used to be able to right-click a compressed file and choose "Extract Here" or something like that but I'm not sure. Anyway, those options are now missing.

I think they disappeared when I uninstalled zip and unzip as per the suggestions here: https://wiki.debian.org/ReduceDebian

Since then I have reinstalled zip and unzip, but the menu options in File Manager have not returned. Any idea what I can do to be able to Compress, Extract from File Manager?


Those options are created when installing Gnome Archive Manager. It comes preisntalled with elementary OS. We can asume it's missing in your installation.

Try reinstalling it with sudo apt install --reinstall file-roller

  • Thanks! That did it! Not sure what I did to make it go away in the first place, but all good now! Jul 30 '20 at 10:16

With the latest version of elementaryOS 6, this reappeared for me, and the solution above didn't work; what did work was the following one: Compress and Extract options missing from Files with latest update

sudo apt install --reinstall org.gnome.fileroller

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