A tar file extension is related to Unix archive file format known as TAR. A tar file contains multiple files stored as one archive.

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TAR file extension - Unix standard Archive format, Tape Archive

What is tar file? How to open tar files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

The tar file extension is commonly used for Unix standard archive file format.

A tar file contains multiple files stored as one archive created with the Unix tar program. These files are not automatically compressed, so they are often compressed with Gnu Zip (which creates a gz file).

A filename that ends in "tar.gz" is a TAR archive that has been compressed with Gnu Zip compression; sometimes the shortened tgz extension is used as well.

MIME types:

The default software associated to tar file type:

TAR icon

TAR  Linux/Unix software

TAR (Tape Archiver) file archiver is popular archiving utility on Unix and Unix based operating systems. It is used only to archive more files in to one, but it is not able to compress them. To compress TAR archive are used external compression utilities, such as gzip, bzip2, xz, lzip, lzma.

Help how to open TAR files:

Standard file format supported by many archive programs.

How to convert file with extension TAR:

Repack the files to another compression format.

Find conversions from tar file:

tar to exe

tar to gz

tar to img

tar to iso

tar to jar

tar to tgz

tar to zip

Find converter to tar file type:

7z to tar

crypt to tar

deb to tar

img to tar

rar to tar

tgz to tar

File identification strings:

HEX code: 75 73 74 61 72
ASCII code: ustar

List of software applications associated to the .tar file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open tar file, edit tar file, convert tar file, view tar file, play tar file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the tar files.

  • Open tar file
  • Save tar file
  • Edit tar file
  • Convert tar file
  • Create tar file
  • Extract tar file
  • Recover tar file

Software that open tar file - Unix standard Archive format, Tape Archive

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open tar file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


Main software associated with tar file by default:
TAR small icon TAR
Other suggested software:
Xarchiver small icon Xarchiver
GNU cpio

Google Android:

Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile:

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