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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.

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About File Extension TAR

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