Extract tar - tar.gz - tar.bz2 Ubuntu

To extract a tar file

tar -xvf file.tar

To extract a tar.gz file

tar -xvfz file.tar.gz

To extract a tar.bz2 file

tar -xvfj file.tar.bz2

The flags explained as follows:

  • -x : Extract a tar ball.
  • -v : Verbose output or show progress while extracting files.
  • -f : Specify an archive or a tarball filename.
  • -j : Decompress and extract the contents of the compressed archive created by bzip2 program (tar.bz2 extension).
  • -z : Decompress and extract the contents of the compressed archive created by gzip program (tar.gz extension).

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