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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX on Windows and Linux.
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract over 180 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files and more...
Features of PeaZip includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export job definition as script.

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Create, open, extract TAR files

PeaZip offers full read / write support (archiver, and extractor / opener) for uncompressed and compressed 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 Linux/BSD), both free and Open Source tools, are recommended for working with Tar file format.

Archive to TAR format

Use one of the following procedures to add files / folders to a new or into an existing .tar file

  • From the system's file explorer

    • Select files and folders and use context menu entry PeaZip, Add to archive: you will be prompted to archive creation screen, allowing to set compression settings, output destination, encryption (password protection), and other options.

  • From PeaZip

    • Select files and folders, and use Add button (or application's context menu entry of same name) to be prompted archive creation screen

    • Drag and drop files / folders from the system to a PeaZip instance; if you are browsing an existing archive you will be asked if you want to add files to the archive or create a new one

When 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 compression, providing
  • a way to save and preserve Unix/Linux file 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 decompressed before.

Easiest way to edit an uncompressed TAR is opening it with PeaZip utility and 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

Convert button extracts and re-pack input TAR archive files into any write-supported format (7z, arc, pea, zip...) - optionally keeping or discarding original 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 open (browse and search inside the archive) and/or decompress .TAR archives using PeaZip as opener / extractor application

  • UNTAR from the system

    • To view archive's content, open it in PeaZip with double click (if file extension is associated with the application), or using system context menu "Open as archive" entry, that will attempt to read any user provided file type regardless file type associations - this option is also available in PeaZip's context menu

    • Use context menu entry "Extract..." for full extraction screen GUI where to set output path and other options

    • Select one or more archives and use context menu entry Extract here or Extract here (to new folder) for quick extraction with no further confirmation

  • UNTAR within PeaZip utility GUI

    • Extract button shows full featured archive extraction screen providing access to all options (password, set output path, open output path after extraction, keep or delete original archives, etc) and can send to extraction selected items only

    • Extract all to... button activate a simplified procedure only asking for output path

    • Simply drag & drop desired objects from the application to the system

    • Doubleclick on an archived file to open it in preview mode, i.e. to inspect its content before considering the need for real extraction

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 the extraction 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 compressing it in 7Z, ARC, PEA, or ZIP format, all supporting encryption.
This operation can be performed with PeaZip utility in a single passage using "TAR before" option and chosing a final archive format supporting encryption.



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