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.

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! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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