Archive::Libarchive::Raw - Raw interface to libarchive using NativeCall.

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use v6;

use Archive::Libarchive::Raw;
use Archive::Libarchive::Constants;

sub MAIN(:$file! where { .IO.f // die "file '$file' not found" })
  my archive $a = archive_read_new();
  archive_read_open_filename($a, $file, 10240) == ARCHIVE_OK or die 'Unable to open archive';
  my archive_entry $entry .= new;
  while archive_read_next_header($a, $entry) == ARCHIVE_OK {
    my $name = archive_entry_pathname($entry);
    say $name;
  archive_read_free($a) == ARCHIVE_OK or die 'Unable to free internal data structure';

For more examples see the example directory.


Archive::Libarchive::Raw is a set of simple bindings to libarchive using NativeCall.

As the Libarchive site ( states, its implementation is able to:

  • Read a variety of formats, including tar, pax, cpio, zip, xar, lha, ar, cab, mtree, rar, and ISO images.
  • Write tar, pax, cpio, zip, xar, ar, ISO, mtree, and shar archives.
  • Handle automatically archives compressed with gzip, bzip2, lzip, xz, lzma, or compress.

For more details on libarchive see .


This module requires the libarchive library to be installed. Please follow the instructions below based on your platform:

Debian Linux

sudo apt-get install libarchive13


$ zef install Archive::Libarchive::Raw


To run the tests:

$ prove -e "perl6 -Ilib"


This module relies on a C library which might not be present in one's installation, so it's not a substitute for a pure Perl6 module.

This is a raw interface to the functions provided by the C library; any program that uses this module might need to use NativeCall. If you wish to use a higher level interface, please take a look at Archive::Libarchive.


Fernando Santagata


Many thanks to Jonathan Worthington for the Windows installer code. Many thanks to Curt Tilmes for implementing a bunch of calls to libarchive, and providing tests.

Copyright and license

The Artistic License 2.0