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I have only enabled main component of Debian repository (Debian 8, Jessie) yet file-roller (Archive Manager) can extract a RAR compressed file.

I have the following programs installed:

file-roller, p7zip-full

but I do not have these programs on my machine, p7zip, p7zip-rar, rar, unrar, unrar-free.

What is the backend that file-roller is using?

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Posting don's comment as a potential Answer:

It's using unar (from unarchiver) as of v 3.6

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