.TAR File Extension

Jean-loup Gailly
File Type:
Consolidated Unix File Archive

Having trouble opening .tar extension? Don't panic! This page explains what tar files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open tar files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a TAR file?

Tar file extension has Consolidated Unix Archive file type, developed by Jean-loup Gailly, which is associated with the "data files" category.

Commonly generated with tar, the archive allows saving multiple files. It involves an uncompressed file format. With GNU Zip (.GZIP) compression, TAR files can be easily compressed into .GZ files.

A .TAR.GZ extension is applied to an archive file, which is created with GNU Zip compression. The file may also use the .TGZ extension.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

tar file icon
Jean-loup Gailly
File Type:
Consolidated Unix File Archive
Data Files

How to open TAR file?

Double click the tar file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .tar extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the tar extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the tar file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open TAR files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the tar file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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