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I need to extract a Safari extension (.safariextz) on a PC. There are of course Mac OS X instructions for how to do this, but none for PC.

I've tried 7zip, WinZip, and jZip...none of them recognize the file.

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Safari extensions are in the xar (eXtensible ARchiver) format.

You can download the implementation source code here and might be able to build on Windows (perhaps Cygwin).


7-zip supports xar archives. Change the file extension and try again.

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Thanks much! I didn't think rename extension would affect it, but that worked – Kyle Mar 9 '11 at 20:13

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