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

Supported formats

TC4Shell supports a broad range of archive formats and disk images, including those that you will probably never come across:


File typeExtensionsDecompressionCompression
7Z archive7z, 7zip, cb7YesYes
ZIP archivezip, zipx, apk, cbz, ear, epub, jar, smzip, war, xpi, zabYesYes
RAR archiverar, cbrYesYes1
CAB archivecab, onepkgYesYes
SQX archivesqxYesYes
TAR archivetar, cbtYesYes
GZIP archivegz, gzip, tgz, dzYesYes
BZIP2 archivebz2, bzip2, tb2, tbz, tbz2YesYes
XZ archivexzYesYes
LZIP archivelz, lzipYesYes
LZ4 archivelz4YesYes
LZ5 archivelz5YesYes
ZSTD archivezsd, zstdYesYes
BROTLI archivebrYesYes
ASAR archiveasarYesYes
AR archivea, ar, deb, udebYes
ARJ archivearjYes
CPIO archivecpio, paxYes
LZH archivelha, lhzYes
LZMA archivelzmaYes
LZMA86 archivelzma86Yes
MsLZ archivebi, dl_, ex_, pd_Yes
RPM archiverpmYes
PPMD archivepmdYes
XAR archivexar, xipYes
Z archivezYes
  1. Provided that WinRAR is installed on the computer

Disk images

File typeExtensionsDecompressionCompression
ISO disc imageisoYes
UDF disc imageisoYes
ECM disc imageemcYes
NRG disc imagenrgYes
BIN disc imagecue, binYes
MDF disc imagemfs, mdfYes
ISZ disc imageiszYes
WIM disk imagewim, swmYesYes
APM disk imagetoastYes
CramFS disk imagecramfsYes
DMG disk imagedmgYes
EXT disk imageimgYes
FAT disk imageimgYes
GPT disk imageimgYes
HFS disk imagehfs, hfsxYes
MBR disk imageimgYes
NTFS disk imageimgYes
QCOW disk imageqcow, qcow2, qcow2cYes
SquashFS disk imagesqshYes
VDI disk imagevdiYes
VHD disk imagevhdYes
VMDK disk imagevmdkYes

Forensic disk images

File typeExtensionsDecompressionCompression
ASR Expert Witness Compression Formats01Yes
Encase Image File Formate01, ex01Yes
Encase Logical Image File Formatl01, lx01Yes
Advanced Forensics FormataffYes
AccessData FTK Imager Logical Imagead1Yes

Mail messages and boxes

File typeExtensionsDecompressionCompression
MSG mail messagemsg (used by Microsoft Office Outlook)Yes
TNEF mail messagewinmail.dat, ATT0001.dat (used by Microsoft Office Outlook)Yes
DBX mail boxdbx (used by Outlook Express 5, 6)Yes
MBX mail boxmbx (used by Outlook Express 4)Yes
MBOX mail boxmbox (used by many email clients)Yes
TBB mail boxtbb (used by The Bat!)Yes
PMM mail boxpmm (used by Pegasus Mail)Yes
EMLX mail messageemlx (used by Apple Mail)Yes
BASE64 mail messageeml, nws, mht, mhtml, b64YesYes
XXE mail messagexxeYesYes
UUE mail messageuueYesYes


File typeExtensionsDecompressionCompression
PE executableexe, dll, efiYes
ELF executableelfYes
IHEX executableihexYes
MachO executableppcYes
MUB executabledylib, mub, efiYes
NSIS executableYes
TE executableYes
UEFIc executablescapYes
UEFIf executablescapYes


File typeExtensionsDecompressionCompression
CHM filechi, chm, chwYes
Compound filemsi, mspYes
FLV fileflvYes
HXS filehxi, hxr, hxs, hxwYes
MPO filempoYes
SWF fileswfYes
Web ARChive filewarcYes