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expand extracts a file stored in a cabinet file (.cab).


wine expand source_file destination_file

source_file - file name of the cabinet file

destination_file - path and filename of file to be extracted.

Note: Wine's expand does not support all the command line options available from the Microsoft version of the tool.

There is a third party tool called cabextract available on many Linux distributions which supports many advanced features not yet supported by expand. Cabextract is free software under the GPL.


If you have a file called cow.cab which contains a file named moo.txt you could extract it with:

wine expand cow.cab moo.txt

See Also

  • [1] -- cabextract is a tool for extracting MS cabinet files under Unix environments.