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Thinapp Archive Unpack


Thinapp Archive Unpack




ThinApp is a software product developed by VMware that allows users to create portable applications that can run on any Windows system without installation or configuration. ThinApp packages applications into a single executable file that contains all the files, registry entries, and settings needed to run the application. This file is called a ThinApp container or a .dat file.




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However, sometimes users may want to extract the contents of a ThinApp container for various reasons, such as modifying, analyzing, or debugging the application. In this article, we will explore some methods to unpack a ThinApp archive and access the files inside it.


Method 1: Using Universal Extractor




Universal Extractor is a free and open source program that can extract files from any type of archive, including ThinApp containers. To use this method, follow these steps:


  • Rename the .dat file to .exe. For example, if the file is called app.dat, rename it to app.exe.



  • Download and install Universal Extractor from [here].



  • Run Universal Extractor and select the renamed .exe file as the source file.



  • Select a destination folder where you want to extract the files.



  • Click OK and wait for the extraction process to finish.



  • Navigate to the destination folder and you will see the files extracted from the ThinApp container.



Method 2: Using thinapp-extract




thinapp-extract is a Python tool that can extract contents from ThinApp containers using a custom algorithm. To use this method, follow these steps:


  • Download and install Python from [here].



  • Download thinapp-extract from [here] and unzip it to a folder.



  • Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where thinapp-extract is located.



  • Type python thinapp.py thinapp.dat, where thinapp.dat is the name of the ThinApp container you want to extract.



  • The tool will create a folder called FS in the same location as the ThinApp container. This folder contains the files extracted from the ThinApp container.



Conclusion




In this article, we have learned two methods to unpack a ThinApp archive and access the files inside it. Both methods are easy to use and can help users to modify, analyze, or debug portable applications created by ThinApp. However, users should be aware that extracting files from a ThinApp container may violate the license agreement of the original application or ThinApp itself. Therefore, users should only use these methods for legitimate purposes and respect the intellectual property rights of the software developers.


Sources:



  • [Is it possible to extract contents of a ThinApp container?]



  • [Universal Extractor]



  • [Python]



  • [thinapp-extract]




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