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What is a tar file and how do I open a tar file?

TAR, or tape archive, is both a file format and the name of the program used to handle such files. TAR is used to collect many files into one larger file for distribution or archiving, while preserving file system information such as user and group permissions, dates and directory structures. Source code is often packed for download as a TAR, or Tape ARchive file, the standard format in Unix/Linux. 7-Zip and TarTool can be used to unpack them.

TAR files are commonly used for collecting a large group of files (ranging from videos to images) and placing them in one single easily shared archive file. One important facet of using TAR files is that file system information such as user permissions, modification dates and directory structures are carried forward with the files.

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To open a .TAR file simply double-click it on your P.C. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .tar file will open it. The easiest method to open a .TAR file is to install a program like WinZip. If WinZip is installed the program will automatically launch when you double click on the .TAR file. Once WinZip opens you will see the contents of the ZIP file.

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Detail tar file extension information:
File Type: tar
File Format: Consolidated Unix File Archive
Primary Association: Archive Files
Mime Type: application/tar, application/x-compress, application/x-compressed, application/x-tar, applicaton/x-gtar, multipart/x-tar