Cabarc Overview

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Cabarc.exe: Cabinet Tool

This command-line tool allows users to create, query and extract Windows cabinet (CAB) files.


  • CABArc does not allow you to add files to an existing CAB (.cab) file.

Corresponding UI

There is no corresponding user interface for this tool.


A CAB file or cabinet file is a single file created to hold a number of compressed files and used for the installation of software products. When a program is installed, the files within the CAB file are decompressed and copied to their appropriate directory locations. Windows CAB files use the extension .cab.

System Requirements

The following are the system requirements for this tool:

  • Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP Professional

File Required

  • Cabarc.exe

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