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Simple Ways to Create and Open TAR File in OS X

Many times, I see a lot of people inquired in Yahoo Answer or Quora about TAR files talking about how to create TAR file, how to open or unzip TAR file ... and the like. Actually, these years, a growing number of people begin to use archive files in their work and study, which are used to collect multiple data files together into a single file for easier portability and storage, or simply to compress files to use less storage space. In my past articles, I have ever shared some tips on some common archive file formats, including zip files, rar files, 7z files and iso files. Now, in the following passages, we talk about TAR files in detail and how to creat and open it with document reader.

What is a TAR File

When my co-worker emailed me a TAR file and I see it for the first time, I don’t know it at all. I tried to open it, but my OS X told me that it could not open it. So, what is a TAR file? Well, in general, TAR file is an archive file used on the Linux, Unix and Mac OS X operating systems. It was originally used to create an archive on a tape drive. But now, it is used for both tape archives and to create archive files on a hard drive. The advantage with TAR is that it consumes very little time and CPU to compress files, but the compression isn’t very much either.

On its own a TAR file is not a compressed file, it is simply a format used for archiving files (merging several files into one). TAR file format doesn't feature native data compression, so TAR archives are often compressed with an external utility to reduce archive's size, i.e. for more compact backup, or smaller software distribution package.

Create TAR File in OS X

When you search in Google about “how to create tar file in OS X”, you may find that many posts will suggest you to create tar files from the Terminal as follows.

However, I don’t think it’s simple enough to handle with to many of us nor suitable for batch creating TRR files in OS X. Another suggested way is to make use of the comprehensive tool, Cisdem BetterUnarchiver, to finish the process in easy steps.

1.Download Cisdem BetterUnarchiver and open it on your Mac.

2.Click on “iPack” and then add files to be created into TAR files into the list.

3.Select “Compress these files into a tar file” and save to start creating your TAR file.

Open /Unzip TAR File in OS X

In order to open a TAR file, just double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. It is the easiest way. However, if no program opens the TAR file, you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit TAR files. For example, when I double click on one of my TAR file, I open it without any effort.

As a matter of fact, no matter you need to open or unzip your TAR file, you can use the following shortcut to save you a lot time and troubles.

1.Download Cisdem BetterUnarchiver and open it on your Mac.

2.Import the TAR file in the application by clicking “Add” in the menu on the top.

3.After uploaded the TAR file (s), click on “Extract”. In the next window, set the name and location for the files to be unzipped and Save at last.

2016-02-14 00:00:00 / Posted by to Mac Unarchiver Follow @ Peter

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1 Responses

  • Barlow

    It can also save tar files with password. thanks for your article, this is what I need.

    10 months ago REPLY

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