CABEXTRACT - program to extract files from Microsoft cabinet (.cab)
cabextract [-ddir] [-f] [-Fpattern] [-eencoding] [-h] [-l]
[-L] [-p] [-q] [-s] [-t] [-v] cabinet files ...
-d dir Extracts all files into the directory dir.
-f Corrupted cabinet files will be 'fixed' to salvage whatever is
possible from them. File entries with bad folders or names will
be skipped rather than rejecting the entire cabinet file.
Impossible file lengths will be truncated to extract as much as
possible, including when you're missing later files in a cabinet
set. Corrupted MSZIP blocks and failed block checksums will be
ignored. Warnings will be printed if any of these conditions are
Only files with names that match the shell pattern pattern shall
be listed, tested or extracted. On non-GNU systems, this match
may be case-sensitive.
Specify the character encoding of filenames inside the cabinet
files. This is only needed if you find cabinet files with garbled
filenames; most software creates CAB files with either ASCII or
UTF8 filenames. The list of supported encodings is given by
the command "iconv -l".
-h Prints a page of help and exits.
-l Lists the contents of the given cabinet files, rather than
-L When extracting cabinet files, makes each extracted file's name
-p Files shall be extracted to standard output.
-q When extracting cabinet files, suppresses all messages except
errors and warnings.
-s When testing, listing or extracting cabinets which span multiple
files, only cabinet files given on the command line shall be used.
-t Tests the integrity of the cabinet. Files are decompressed, but
not written to disk or standard output. If the file successfully
decompresses, the MD5 checksum of the file is printed.
-v If given alone on the command line, prints the version of cab-
extract and exits. Given with a list of cabinet files, it will
list the contents of the cabinet files.
CABEXTRACT is a program that un-archives files in the Microsoft cabinet
file format (.cab) or any binary file which contains an embedded cabinet
file (frequently found in .exe files). CABEXTRACT will extract all files
from all cabinet files specified on the command line.
To extract a multi-part cabinet consisting of several files, only the
first cabinet file needs to be given as an argument to CABEXTRACT as it
will automatically look for the remaining files. To prevent CABEXTRACT
from extracting cabinet files you did not specify, use the -s option.
For more information see:
Extracting files from a cabinet file:
$ cabextract wibble.cab
Extracting files from an executable which contains a cabinet file:
$ cabextract wibble.exe
[cabextract will automatically search executables for embedded
Extracting files from a set of cabinet files; wib01.cab, wib02.cab, ...:
$ cabextract wib01.cab
[cabextract will automatically get the names of the other files]
Extracting files to a directory of your choice (in this case, 'boogie'):
$ cabextract -d boogie wibble.cab
[cabextract will create the directory if it does not already exist]
Listing files from a cabinet file:
$ cabextract -l wibble.cab
Testing the integrity of a cabinet file, without extracting it:
$ cabextract -t wibble.cab
This manual page was written by Stuart Caie kyzer@cabex-
act.org.uk, based on the one written by Eric Sharkey
firstname.lastname@example.org, for the Debian GNU/Linux system.
Help version 2023 W. Spiegl.
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