Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Supported formats
  3. Basics
    1. How to install or uninstall
    2. How to set up file associations
    3. How to open an archive or disk image
    4. How to open a self-extracting (SFX) archive
    5. How to extract an archive or disk image
    6. How to create a new archive
    7. How to create a self-extracting archive
      1. How to create 7Z self-extracting archive
      2. How to create RAR self-extracting archive
    8. How to create an encrypted archive
    9. How to create a multi-volume archive
    10. How to create and use packing profiles
    11. How to add, update or remove files in an archive
    12. How to view archive’s properties
    13. How to set up a password
  4. Checksums
  5. Integration with plug-ins
    1. How to view installed plug-ins
    2. How to install new WCX plug-ins

How to create a self-extracting archive

Self-extracting archives (SFX files) are computer executable programs (.exe files) containing archived files and the routines needed to extract them. The SFX archives are fully autonomous and thus can be extracted without any archivers.

TC4Shell allows for creating self-extracting archives in 7Z, RAR and SQX formats. To do this, enable the Create self-extracting archive option.

TC4Shell Pack to SFX dialog

Choose a module you want to use (the Use module option) and then set up additional options by clicking the Module options button (this button is available only for 7Z and SQX formats).

If you want to create self-extracting archives directly from the shortcut menu of Windows Explorer, simply allow the .exe extension in the Pack to settings.

TC4Shell Pack to EXE

Important! Note that if you want to send an SFX (file with the .exe extension) by email, certain email servers may reject your message for security reasons.