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How to create, open and extract TAR TBZ TGZ files on Windows and Linux

TARtar extractor  is a popular archiving format, mainstream for backup and distribution purpouse on Unix and Unix-like systems.

TAR file format doesn't feature native data compression, so TAR archives are often compressed with an external utility like, but not only, GZiptgz windows and BZip2open tbz files and similar software to reduce archive's size before distribution.
PeaZip, freeware, both in Windows and Linux systems can open, test and extract TAR and compressed TAR files (TGZ, .TAR.GZ, TBZ2 etc...) and can create TAR files, uncompressed or compressed with any featured compression format (7Z, BZ2, GZ, LPAQ, PAQ etc...).
See notes below for hints about using PeaZip as extractor to untar TAR files, as well as to create TAR files; those suggestions apply to all most common ways TAR archives can be found: TAR, TAR.BZ, TAR.GZ, TBZ2, TGZ, TZ, etc...

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Opening a compressed TAR file, i.e. a TGZ or TBZ file, PeaZip will show the underlying TAR archive as content of the compressed file; you can then doubleclick on the TAR archive in PeaZip to launch another instance of the program which will browse the actual TAR archive's content. Otherwise you can simply extract the TAR archive and then open it with PeaZip again if you actually need to unpack (untar) it.

To extract TAR files from its compressed form, and to extract files from TAR archive, you can:
  • Use context menu entry "Extract here" or "Extract here (to new folder)"
  • Use context menu entry "Extract..." to be asked for output path and other options
  • Open the archive in PeaZip in PeaZip and use "Extract" button (you can chose output path, enter password and other options before confirming with "Ok") to extract selected object, or Extract > Extract all in application's context menu to extract all the archive
  • Open the archive in PeaZip and drag desired objects from the application to the system (the opposite can be used to add objects to the archive)
  • Open the archive in PeaZip and doubleclick on an archived file to preview it
TAR archives does not support encryption, but it is possible to compress the TAR file with a format supporting encryption such as zip, 7z, arc, pea.
To enter password in PeaZip click in the locker icon in the status bar (in the file/archive browser) or the locker icon below output address field in extraction or archiving interfaces, or click Tools > Enter password / keyfile in main menu, or press F9.
"Keyfile" is optional, leave it blank if you don't want to rely on two factor authentication - use of keyfile increases security over password only encryption since also having access to the keyfile will be required to perform the extraction.
From archive creation screen it is possible to set options as faster/higher compression, and creation of multiple volumes declaring the desired output size.

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