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.


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' 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 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.
    – Grimoire
    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. Aug 12 '18 at 7:43

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