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I have a text file in a compressed file (rar/zip) On my desktop, I happen to be able to edit it, and then winrar or 7zip send a message saying the text file was changed and asking if I want him to update it.

The same thing seems impossible to do in android 8.1.0. I have tried Zarchiver, Zarchiver pro, RAR from rarlabs, several text editors, but in the end, the zip file is never updated with the changes I make in the text.

Does anyone knows a way? Or a way that allows me to set a password on a text file that is cross platform between Android and Windows?

Edit nº1

Installed the MI explorer and the archive plugin, and altough it's a powerful tool it's not working. When I try to save the text file it says "Not supported!" regardless of zip or rar file. I wonder if it's because the archive has a password. It also seems he can't open the zip file directly from dropbox app, providing the same "not supported!" error. Any hint, or any other tool I could try? In the settings of Mi explorer doesn't seem anything could help.

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You can't just "edit" an entry in-place in a RAR/ZIP file because it's compressed.

You'll need to decompress it, edit the files as needed, and then re-compress it.

WinRAR (Windows) do this steps automatically. Up to now, I couldn't find an application do like WinRAR (Windows) on Android OS.

  • I beg to differ here slightly...I tested the feature with mixplorer and it works, but your reasoning is pretty much correct, this operation is simply not supported 'out of the box' – xavier_fakerat Aug 12 '18 at 7:17
  • Are you sure MiXplorer do it without decompressing? I think because of built-in text editor, it were worked. – M. Rostami Aug 12 '18 at 7:26
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    Pretty sure, I reckon it does it the same way as Winrar on Windows does, the process may be 'automatic' but essentially you don't manually decompress the file – xavier_fakerat Aug 12 '18 at 7:30
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    @xavier_fakerat Actually, the answerer is right. The only difference between the app you mention is that it hides the unpacking and repacking procedures to the user. Edit: granted, you don't manually decompress anything, as the program handles everything. – Death Mask Salesman Aug 12 '18 at 7:38
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    @DeathMaskSalesman, thanks have updated the answer, but will have to see if its helpful to OP before obliterating it. – xavier_fakerat Aug 12 '18 at 7:43

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