A phar file extension is used for PHP Extension and Application Repository archive files. Phar file is used to store php files in one data archive, or to distribute PHP applications. To create and extract the Phar archive use Phar component distributed with PHP 5.3 and above.

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PHAR file extension - PHP Extension and Application Repository archive

What is phar file? How to open phar files?

The phar file extension is associated with the PHP (Hypertext PreProcessor) server side scripting language version 5.3 and above. PHP is used to create dynamic web pages and Internet applications.

The phar (PHP Extension and Application Repository) file format is used for archiving PHP files in one archive file as well as to distribute PHP applications in one file. Phar archives can use bzip2, or gzip compression file format.

The Phar component that is able to create and extract PHP Phar archives is a part of PHP 5.3 distribution and above.

The phar files are similar to jar files (Java) and can be run using PHP.
An small example of a common PHP application that is distributed as a PHAR archive is PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository).

The default software associated to open phar file:

PHP Engine icon

The PHP Group logoPHP Engine  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
The PHP Group

PHP (Hypertext PreProcessor) is server side scripting language used to web development and create dynamic web pages. PHP scripts are embedded to standard HTML document and interpreted by a web server with PHP module.

Help how to open:

Use Phar component that is a part of PHP version 5.3 and above to extract content of PHP archive file.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .phar file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .phar file extension

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

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with phar file - PHP Extension and Application Repository archive

Click on the software link for more information about PHP Engine. PHP Engine uses phar file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).


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