aKu 0.99 released!

April 13, 2008

We are proud to announce the first release of aKu! It’s a 0.99 version.
So, please, test it, report bugs and use it!

aKu will ease (we hope) the management of your (and our) RAR archives, but we wish to ease its installation too. So please, if you have some time, try and make some distribution-specific packets! Download the source,

# cmake .

# make

# make install


What is aKu?

April 9, 2008

Another Kompression Utility

aKu – yes the K stands also for KDE application – is a rar – the compression command line utility – GUI. With aKu you can decompress rar files and create new archives in a very simple way. It is developed by Alessandro Diaferia and Francesco Grieco.

a sample archive opened with images preview enabled

Archive opened with image preview

aKu is a KDE application, so if you can compile it on Windows or MacOSX, and if it works, please send us the binaries.

If you like it, please provide us feedbacks and bug reports.

This is a GPLv3 software developed with the KDE and QT framework (they’re amazing!)



Features supported

  • Support of rar and unrar
  • Creation of new archives in a very simple way
  • Advanced rar extraction options
  • Adding files or directory to existing archives
  • Deleting and renaming files archives
  • Preview support
  • Password – opening and creation of archives with header or files password
  • Comment – visualization and creation
  • Locked archive – opening and creation
  • A beautiful preview metabar for images

Features not yet supported

  • Split archive – opening and creation
  • Drag and drop from the main window
  • Brute force attack for password archives :=)


  • Rar or Unrar binaries – with unrar a lot of options are, of course, disabled
  • KDE 4.1.x

Known bugs and Issues

  • Full extracting of big size archives with many files is very slow (hard work in progress for it in these days!!!)
  • Columns ordering for size and packed is not correct