How to create and extract a .tar.gz archive using command line
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One of the most common compression formats used in GNU/Linux and variants is tar.gz. A tar.gz file is nothing but a gzipped tar archive. These days users of GNU/Linux system seldom have to use the command line to create or extract tar.gz archives. But it is a useful command to keep in your arsenal if you are a system administrator.

To create a tar.gz archive from a given folder you can use the following command

tar -zcvf tar-archive-name.tar.gz source-folder-name

This will compress the contents of source-folder-name to a tar.gz archive named tar-archive-name.tar.gz

To extract a tar.gz compressed archive you can use the following command

tar -zxvf tar-archive-name.tar.gz

This will extract the archive to the folder tar-archive-name.


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ronsey (not verified)
access_time 20 Apr 2021 - 07:33

thanks alot this really help me alot


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soundararajan (not verified)
access_time 20 Apr 2021 - 07:33

very crisp and useful for beginners like me


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vijay @ tar co… (not verified)
access_time 20 Apr 2021 - 07:33

You have provided really simple examples on tar command. Clear to understand.


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ashker (not verified)
access_time 20 Apr 2021 - 07:33

I have a file with .tar extension. I want to make it .tar.gz.

Please advice


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Anonymous (not verified)
access_time 20 Apr 2021 - 07:33

In reply to by ashker (not verified)

The following is the simplest way:
gzip file.tar
Simple, huh?
You might add the switch -n which saves a few bytes, as the filename and time stamp is no longer stored, or you could tweak other options ('man gzip' or 'gzip --help')