How to Unzip Tgz File on Linux Quickly

Unzip Tgz File on Linux

The tar command on Linux is used to create .tar.gz or .tgz archive files. Most of the Linux files are distributed in .tgz or tar.gz. In this short tutorial, you will learn how to (extract) or unzip tgz file on Linux from the command line.

Unzip Tgz file on Linux from Command Line

To extract a .tgz file with tar, use following command.

$ tar -xvzf /path/to/yourfile.tgz

Command details

  • tar – tar command will auto-detect compression type.
  • x – to extract the file.
  • v – v stands for verbose, it will show output.
  • f – f represents the file for extraction.
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Extract Specific Files and Directories from the Tgz file

To extract specific files, use following command.

$ tar -xf /path/to/yourfile.tgz file1 file2

To extract specific directories, use following command.

$ tar -xf /path/to/yourfile.tgz directory_1 directory_2

Extract a .tgz file in different directory

You can extract tgz file in different directories using -C in between to path/location.

$ tar -xvzf /path/to/yourfile.tgz -C /path/where/to/extract/


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