PeaZip offers full read /
write support (archiver, and extractor / opener) for uncompressed and
TAR archives - TAR.GZ archives (same as
TGZ extension), TAR.BZ2 archives
(alternative file extensions TBZ, TB2,
TBZ2), TAZ, TZ, TAR.Z, TLZ,
TAR.LZ, TAR.LZMA, TXZ, TAR.XZ,
etc... - learn more about files
with multiple extensions.
Read more: what is TAR file format
As alternative utilities,
7-Zip (on Microsoft Windows systems) and p7zip (on
both free and Open Source tools, are recommended for working with Tar
Archive to TAR format
Use one of the following procedures to add
folders to a new or
into an existing .tar file
adding folders or multiple files to single
file compressors, in example selecting BZIP2 or GZ format, PeaZip
automatically switches on
"Tar before" switch. This option (that is available for all
formats) consolidate input data into a tar archive before actual
- a way to save and preserve Unix/Linux
metadata which might not be supported by the final format
- input consolidation provides solid
compression regardless the format
Update existing TAR archive
To update a
compressed Tar file (TGZ, TBZ, TXZ, TAR.GZ...) it must be
Easiest way to edit an uncompressed TAR is opening it with PeaZip
dragging files/folders to it, which will automatically activate update
mode - can be changed into add mode in advanced tab.
To remove (delete) data from
the archive, select items and press cancel or "Delete from archive"
button. Deleted items will not be recoverable from recycle bin.
How to convert TAR files
extracts and re-pack input TAR archive files into any write-supported
format (7z, arc, pea, zip...) - optionally keeping or discarding
archives - or convert any existing read-supported archive (7z, ace,
rar, zip, zipx...) to TAR format.
Depending on user's needs, compressed TAR archives (TGZ, TBZ, etc) can
optionally de-compressed before being converted, so individual archived
files gets re-compressed in the new format, otherwise existing .tar
archive will be simply re-compressed as a whole (solid compression).
Open and extract TAR file
Use one of the procedures described below to
(browse and search
inside the archive) and/or decompress
.TAR archives using PeaZip as opener / extractor application
To work on a
compressed TAR file (TGZ, TAR.GZ, TBZ...) you will need to
uncompress the tar archive before using aforementioned methods - it is
a two-step non atomic operation.
"Tarbomb" term designs a malicious .tar package built to purposely spam
path with a large number of files. Tarbomb effect can be easily avoided
employing "extract to new folder" option on modern file archivers.
To extract a spanned (split) TAR file, save all the parts in the same
directory, then open as usual the first volume of the archive, which
has .TAR.001 extension - subsequent volumes have
progressively numbered file extensions (002, 003 etc).
Please note TAR format does not support file
spanning by itself, but PeaZip can split TAR archives as described.
Manage encrypted TAR archives
Tar standard does not implement data
encryption, but an existing TAR package
can be made password protected
it in 7Z, ARC, PEA, or ZIP format, all supporting encryption.
This operation can be performed with PeaZip utility in a single passage
chosing a final archive format supporting encryption.