Tarball

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

The term TAR is short for Tape ARchive. A tarball or tarfile is the name that describes a group or archive of files that are bundled together using the tar command and usually have the .tar file extension.

If the tarfile is compressed using gzip command the tarball will end with .tar.gz. Using the gunzip command Linux users can uncompress the file and Microsoft Windows users can also create and extract tarball files using the 7Zip compression utility.

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Archive, Compressed file, Gzip, Software terms