Opening TAR files

Did your computer fail to open a TAR file? We explain what TAR files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your TAR files.

What is a TAR file?

Files that contain the .tar file extension are TAR archive files that have been created by the TAR file archiving utility. The TAR utility is a Unix-based utility that combines multiple files into a single archive folder.

The TAR file format makes the storage and distribution of a large volume of files more convenient and manageable. Instead of adding 20 different file attachments to an email, you can combine all 20 files into a single TAR archive and attach that single archive attachment to the email message.

TAR files are not always compressed, although compression of TAR files is possible.

Software that will open, convert or fix TAR files

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Program has been verified to work with TAR files.
Every day, thousands of users submit information to us about which programs they use to open certain types of files. Our users primarily use the above programs to open TAR files.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too » Free Download.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)
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