Linux Open .CBR (Comic Book Archive) File

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I just got .cbr file from my friend and I want to open this file under Linux. I’ve downloaded comic books from the Internet but i am not able to open them. How do I open .cbr file under Linux?

A Comic Book Archive file or ComicBook Reader File is a type of archive file for the purpose of sequential viewing of images, especially comic books. Almost all .cbr file contain compressed image files. They are saved in the RAR format. This type of file can be simply opened by typing the following command:
evince file.cbr
gnome-open file.cbr
Evince is a document viewer capable of displaying multiple and single page document formats like PDF, Postscript and .cbr files.

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  1. Also you can use Comix ( because it’s lightweight than evince and supports CBR, CBZ (made with zip), CBT (made with tar) and so on.
    I think CB* is a nice format to share images documents because you can read it, open it (and select one or more images) and put on it images on PNG format (if you compare djvu with cb*, the last is more light).

  2. To anyone having issues opening comic book files (.cbr or otherwise) with Evince: Install Unrar. You don’t have to change any settings, you don’t have to do anything special with Unrar. You just need to have it installed. Once Unrar is installed, Evince will open comic book files correctly. To install unrar, enter the following command in the terminal.
    sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends unrar

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