Command Line Options


PowerArchiver can perform certain operations directly from the command line. If you prefer using a command line interface full time, you should try PowerArchiver Command Line (PACL), available from the PowerArchiver Web site. It is much better for command line usage, has more features and it is free for registered users of PowerArchiver.


Opening compressed files directly from the command line:

Type: POWERARC filename.ext

For example: POWERARC

Extracting an archive:

POWERARC -e filename.ext –> extracts “filename.ext” to current directory

POWERARC -e filename.ext “full_path_where_to_extract” –> extracts “filename.ext” to directory specified as third parameter

POWERARC -es filename.exe –> extracts “filename.exe” to subfolder named ./filename/

POWERARC -et filename.exe –> starts dialog where user can select folder for extraction

If the archive is a ZIP file, you can convert it to a ZIP SFX (self-extracting ZIP file) by running:

POWERARC -tosfx “filename.ext”

If the archive is a ZIP file, you can span it across two or more smaller archives (to fit on separate floppies) by running:

POWERARC -tospan “filename.ext”

Need More Options? Use PACL!

If you need more options for command line archiving, try out PowerArchiver Command Line (PACL)! It is our command line tool that is specially designed for working in a Windows console environment. PACL is free for registered PowerArchiver Pro users. Go to the PACL website: