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TAR File Extension

TAR file extension is created by Jean-loup Gailly, also known as Consolidated Unix File Archive. TAR has been classified as Data Files. This File type categories under Zip, Text, Binary and XML, however, the format of this file format has not been determined yet. You can open TAR files in GNU Tar program.

Consolidated Unix File Archive File Type

Consolidated Unix File Archive File Type
Extension .tar
Developer Jean-loup Gailly
Popularity 5.0 (220 Votes)
Mime Type text/troff
Default Program GNU Tar
Category Data Files
Format Binary
Updated 7/1/2024

What is a TAR File Type?

The TAR format was introduced with tar in 1979 to write data on tape drives, which were data storage devices that read and write data on magnetic tape. The name of the ART comes from Type archive ." and TAR archive .&.

In modern computing, the TAR format is used on Unix and Linux systems to group several files into a single file. They are especially useful for backing up files or transporting several files to another location.

You can also compress TAR files to reduce their size. Compressed TAR archives with GNU Zip compression can become GZ, .TAR.GZ, or .TGZ files. Often compressed archives with .tar.gz and .tgz file extensions are used to package software installers.

TAR files are often called " tarballs, " since they bring all types of files together into one file, similar to a sticky tarball archive.

Free online TAR Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .TAR (Consolidated Unix File Archive) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to TAR, merge, split and compare the TAR files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.

TAR Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Consolidated Unix File Archive .TAR File Extensions while opening the .TAR files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open TAR Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Consolidated Unix File Archive on your system such as GNU Tar.
  2. Associate default Gnu Tar GNU Tar program for *.tar (Consolidated Unix File Archive) files.

    Associate TAR Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.TAR (e.g example.tar) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Gnu Tar GNU Tar program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .tar files.

    Associate TAR Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.TAR (e.g example.tar) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Gnu Tar GNU Tar program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .GNU Tar extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.

Related TAR File Extensions

TAR default file extension is .TAR and other similer related extensions are:

All Platform Software Programs for TAR File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the TAR files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open TAR File on Windows

Software License Developer
ACD Systems ACDSee image. ACD Systems ACDSee 2019 for Windows Commercial ACD Systems
ESTsoft ALZip image. ESTsoft ALZip 8 for Windows Freeware ESTsoft
Igor Pavlov 7-Zip image. Igor Pavlov 7-Zip 16 for Windows Open Source 7-Zip
PeaZip image. PeaZip 5 for Windows Open Source PeaZip
ConeXware PowerArchiver image. ConeXware PowerArchiver 2019 for Windows Commercial ConeXware
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe image. Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010 for Windows Commercial Smith Micro
E-merge WinAce image. E-merge WinAce 2 for Windows Shareware E-merge
RARLAB WinRAR image. RARLAB WinRAR 5 for Windows Shareware RARLAB
Corel WinZip image. Corel WinZip 25 STANDARD for Windows Commercial Corel
Zipeg image. Zipeg 2 for Windows Open Source Zipeg

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen TAR File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Apple Archive Utility image. Apple Archive Utility 10 for MacOs Bundled Apple
Incredible Bee Archiver image. Incredible Bee Archiver 2 for MacOs Commercial Incredible Bee
Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe Mac image. Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe Mac 16 for MacOs Commercial Smith Micro
Dag Agren The Unarchiver image. Dag Agren The Unarchiver 4 for MacOs Freeware Dag Agren
Corel WinZip Mac image. Corel WinZip Mac 8 for MacOs Commercial Corel
Zipeg image. Zipeg 2 for MacOs Open Source Zipeg

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen TAR file on Linux

Software License Developer
GNU Tar image. GNU Tar 000 for Linux Free GNU Tar
PeaZip image. PeaZip 5 for Linux Open Source PeaZip

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen TAR file on Web

Software License Developer

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen TAR file on iOS

Software License Developer

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen TAR file on Android

Software License Developer
RARLAB RAR for Android image. RARLAB RAR for Android 5 for Android Freeware RARLAB

About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
  2. Free This software is liberal to use. Examples include open-source , freeware software, like free programs supported by advertising.
  3. Free+ This software is liberal to download and use, but contains in-app purchases (IAP) to unlock additional content or functionality.
  4. Paid This software must be purchased so as to use it. it's going to be offered as a perpetual license or ongoing subscription.
  5. Included with OS This software is bundled with an OS , like Windows, macOS, or Android.

TAR file extension icon image.About TAR - Consolidated Unix File Archive

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Updated 7/1/2024

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