How to open tar.gz file in Linux#
This post is a quick instruction on how to open
tar.gz files in Linux.
So you came across a file that has the extension
.tar.gz and have no idea how to open it. Let's say you downloaded
node-v0.4.12.tar.gz, here's how you open it.
$ tar -zxvf node-v0.4.12.tar.gz ... $ ls -la drwxr-xr-x node-v0.4.12 -rw-rw-r-- node-v0.4.12.tar.gz
In the above example
tar -zxvf will extract the contents of
node-v0.4.12.tar.gz to a directory named
node-v0.4.12. Do whatever you want to do with the contents. Now it is at your mercy!
tar.gz is actually a "double-formatted" file type.
.tar part indicates that it's an archived file (multiple files bundled together), the
.gz part indicates that it's a gzipped f ile (the files are compressed to decrease file size). Further details about the
.gz can be found from the links at the references section.
tar command has got many more options, find out what they do. Type
tar --help or
man tar at the terminal.