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Tar.gz File Type – How to Open It, What Is It and What Does It Do?

The tar file extension is basically various different files which are combined in one file in order to deal with storage problems. Instead of having to deal with a folder that is with a lot of files by using a tar file, you can easily keep track of the files by having to track the also known as tarball file.

Since some of these files are often compressed in order to enable a space saving in the same time, they have the .tar.gz extension added to them or as many like to call them .tar file types.

How to Run a Tar.gz Archive and Extract It?

Tar.gz file types are usually used in macOS and Linux OS, so if you have encountered these types of files and you use these operating systems, you can open the tar file with a simple command line:

→ Tar –xz {your file}

The –xz is a combination of different functions to the command, explanations for which can be found below:

-x (extracting files)
-z (using the gzip software only for .tar files)
-f (specifies the input of the file)
-v (verbose mode which shows the progress)

So if you use the combination –xzf, you are basically extracting the files on the same place.

If you use macOS, you also have the luxury of using the Archive Utility to open tar.gz files just like any other .rar or .zip archives.

But if you use Windows, there is no program that is embedded which can let you open this program by default. This is why you can either use WinRar or 7-zip since they deal with all file types, including archives.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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  1. ruscetti Alberto

    mi ritrovo un file Setex.tar.gz che contiene un malware osx/genieo
    e anche un setex7.tar.gz che si trovano sul file di backup :che cosa sono e che posso fare?
    premetto che non sono un genio del software..grazie

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi Alberto,

      Can you please give us more details about your infection? You can send us a word on support [at] sensorstechforum.com or write a comment here: sensorstechforum.com/forums/malware-removal-questions-and-guides/


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