Credits: Video Training produced by Brian Teeman
An Akeeba Solo backup is not a regular zip file so if you want to extract just a single file or group of files from a backup you need a special piece of software to do that.
It's available free of charge at the Akeeba Backup web site in the Downloads section and it's called the Akeeba Backup Extract Wizard.
Here we can see the link to the latest version and if we scroll down we can see that there are different versions for different operating systems because this is a program that runs on your computer. You can see there is a version for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. I'm using Mac OS X so I am going to download this version. If you are using Windows or Linux you would download the appropriate version.
Once you've downloaded the file go to the location on your computer where you have saved it.
Here I can see the file, the Extract Wizard and its a zip file so I can double click to extract and here I now have the application.
As a Mac user I can either run it from here or drag it and drop it into my Applications folder. Windows users can save it wherever they want.
So if I double click to open the Extract Wizard program I can see my options.
The first is to select the actual archive file. We do this by clicking on the icon and browsing to where you have saved the backup file. As you can see the Extract Wizard by default uses the exact same folder that the backup file is located in but puts the extracted files into a subdirectory with the name of the backup and for most people that's fine.
So just click Extract. The Extract Wizard is now going through the archive extracting all the files and writing them all to your computer.
Once the archive has been extracted you can press OK and quit the Extraction program.
We can see we now have a folder with the same name as the backup and inside it are all our files. We can now navigate through those files and folders to find the files that we wish to recover.