Commandline 101: Extracting Compressed tar Files

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How to extract .tar.gz, .tgz, and .tar.bz2 files from the command line.

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Modern tar

kjordan2001's picture

The latest versions of tar will automatically discover the compression used on it and so you don't need to specify -j or -z.

re: another approach

slims's picture

That works, for example, on Solaris and other *nixes where tar doesnt have the "z" option, so i'm just used to do it that way, btw, I use "gzip -dc file.tar.gz | tar xvf -"

another approach

sharfah's picture

I prefer this:

gunzip < file.tar.gz | tar xvf -

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