How to open a file with the .tar.gz extension

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You must open a file with the .tar.gz extension but you don't know how to do it? You should know that files with the tar.gz extension are compressed archives similar to files with the extension.zip and .rar but typical of the Linux world. 

To discover how to open a file with the extension .tar.gz all you have to do is read this guide.

Tar is a utility that is used to archive while gzip e gzip2 they compress but do not archive. By combining the two utilities tar.gz can archive compressed folders that enclose files and folders.



A .tar.gz archive consists of a first level: the .gz file which contains a .tar file, which collects all the compressed files.

Packages of this type can also be opened under Windows, but since Microsoft operating systems come with their own utility it is not possible to open tar.gz files freely.

The first thing to do therefore for open a file with the .tar.gz extension is to install the free and Open Source program: 7-Zip. It is a compressed archive manager similar to WinZip and WinRar. Supports files: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR and many more

After downloading and installing it, launch 7-Zip and browse the file system through the program interface until you find the tar.gz archive.

Double click to open it and you will discover the first level, which is the file .gz which contains the solo file .tar. Double click on the .tar file as well and once inside you will find all the documents you need. Now you can select and drag the documents to extract them or use the button Extract Files or Extract Here present in the toolbar. 



7-Zip is software only for Windows, but there are unofficial versions for Linux e Mac on this page

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