Linux: Tar Files Cheat Sheet

# Create tar named archive.tar containing directory

tar cf archive.tar directory

# Extract the contents from archive.tar

tar xf archive.tar

# Create a gzip compressed tar file name archive.tar.gz

tar czf archive.tar.gz directory

# Extract a gzip compressed tar file

tar xzf archive.tar.gz

# Create a tar file with bzip2 compression

tar cjf archive.tar.bz2 directory

# Extract a bzip2 compressed tar file

tar xjf archive.tar.bz2

# List content of tar file

tar -tvf archive.tar

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