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TAR file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .tar file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .tar file?
  • What program do I need to open a .tar file?
  • How can the .tar file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .tar files to another format?

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1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

✅ Tape Archive

.tar
Description:
The Tape Archive (TAR) file format is a type of archive file format used to archive UNIX-like files while preserving file system information such as dates, directory structures, and permissions.
Category: Archive files
Application: TAR
Mime-type: application/x-tar
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
TAR aliases:
ustar
TAR related links:
-
TAR related extensions:
LH ARC Compressed Archive

ARJ Compressed Archive

Compressed Microsoft Cabinet File

LH ARC Archive

Unix Gzipped TAR Archive

Compressed File

WinRAR Archive

7-Zip Archive

BZip Compressed Data

BZip2 Compressed Data

Other types of files may also use the .tar file extension.

🚫 The .tar file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

tad, tr, tag, taf, rar, yar, far, tzr, atr, tat, ar, tra, tqr, gar, txr

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

TA Orchestrator Data
TCL Trace Output
TomeRaider 2 E-book
CIRS Transaction Data
DataFlex Query Tag
ADRIFT Text Adventure File
WinRAR Archive
YAK Compressed Archive
Yar Scene
Farandole Composer Music Module

🔴 Can't open a .tar file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:

example.tar

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .tar file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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