How To Extract DAA Files In Ubuntu?

Most often when you download a huge file from a P2P network, it is compressed in the .daa format. When you click on it, you will find that there is no application in Ubuntu that can handle it.

If you are wondering, DAA (Direct-Access-Archive) is actually a proprietary file format created by PowerISO to compress, password protect and to split a huge file to multiple volumes. To decompress a .daa file, you have to use the PowerISO application.

Download PowerISO for Linux

Extract the tar file

cd /usr/bin
sudo tar -xf [path-to-poweriso-tar-file]

To extract .daa file

poweriso extract /input-file.daa / -od /extracted-file-path



  1. Thanks a lot! The command syntax as a little tricky, thanks for clearing it up.

  2. Another way of extracting a file

    poweriso convert image.daa -o image.iso -ot iso

  3. “sudo tar -xf [path-to-poweriso-tar-file]”

    if the file is in the Downloads directory, then what do i write?

    1. Try

      sudo tar -xf ~/Downloads


      sudo tar -xf /home/yourusername/Downloads

  4. Just wanted to say thanks for posting this article =0)

  5. thanks a lot!

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