Open TAR File – What is and How to View – Format and Programs

File type: Tape Archive, Consolidated Unix File


TAR files are archive files which are used for storing multiple files within a single TAR file which can be created by the help of UNIX Tar program.

These are not put through compression by default and hence these TAR files are usually compressed with the help of the Gnu Zip application which is often used for the creation of GZ files.

The TAR file compression technique is not a very comprehensive compression technique and it does not achieve good compression ratios by itself, although when used with other compression algorithms such as Gzip, Bzip2 very good compression rations can be achieved.


Detailed information 

Category: Archive File
File format: Open Standard
Open with Windows: Zipeg, 7-Zip, WinACE, PicoZIP, WinZip, ALTools AlZip, Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe
Open with Linux: tar
The files ending with the extension .tar.gz are files that are .tar files and that have been further compressed using the Gnu Zip compression algorithm. They maybe often shortened to be named as .TGZ files as well. The TAR files are recognized in the Linux systems by default and can be opened, read, changed and extracted using the pre-installed Archive Manager that comes in most of the Linux distributions.