Ever needed to upload a large file to an online web service but found yourself constrained by maximum file size limits?

The easy way to get around this is to ‘split’ your file into smaller chunks for uploading. These are then rejoined by the downloadee.

One such tool that is more than capable of doing this is the ace GNOME Split, whose developer, Guillaume Mazoyer, dropped us a mail to tell us all about it.

What is GNOME Split?

In one sentence: GNOME Split is a file splitter that allows you to split large files and merge them back.

The launchpad page for the project states that the aim is ‘to offer a native implementation of similar projects which can handle multiple file formats.’

To my mind its strongest asset is undoubtedly its user-friendly step-by-step assistant which takes the tears out of tearing your files into pieces and just gets on with on with it.

New version

Version 0.9 of GNOME Split was released yesterday and metes out many a new feature, including: –

  • Split and merge using the GNOME Split, Xtremsplit, KFKand YoyoCut file formats.
  • Split and merge using a generic file format
  • File integrity verification using the MD5 algorithm.
  • Notifications to show the end of a split or a merge.
  • Asssistant to make split and merge easy for new users.
  • Speed indicator to know how fast the action is performed.
  • Accelerators to quickly manage a split or a merge


Add the GNOME-Split PPAto install and automatically stay up-to-date with future updates.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome-split-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-split
Apps Apps gnomesplit