Chrome OS, Google’s proprietary Linux-based operating system, will now be able to open archive files formats such as 7z, iso, and tar. According to a report by 9to5Google, the list of supported file formats is set to expand in the future.
The latest feature allows you to extract and view the three new archive file formats on your Chromebook. Previously, you would only be able to mount .zip and .rar archives via the Files app on Chrome OS. With the latest update, you will also be able to use the 7z format, which is an archive file format supported by the 7-Zip program. Do note that Chrome OS still doesn’t support password-protected 7z files.
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Additionally, the report notes that Chrome OS can also correctly mount ISO files. These files are usually used for writing to a CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray. Linux users will also be pleased with the latest update, as it brings support for tar files. The tar format stands for “tape archive” which is used on Linux machines. However, Chrome OS doesn’t support compressed tar files such as “.tar.gz” or “.tar.xz”.
According to the report, you can expect support for these file formats when version 104 of Chrome OS arrives in August.