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TAR file format description

Many people share .tar files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .tar file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .tar files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.tar - Tape Archive

The TAR archive files are related to TAR. TAR file is a Tape Archive. 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.

Archive files
- / -
gtar, qta, qtar, ustar
Tape Archive related extensions:
Tape Archive Split Archive

Naturally, other applications may also use the .tar file extension. Even harmful programs can create .tar files. Be especially cautious with .tar files coming from an unknown source!

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 can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

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:

ar, atr, far, gar, har, rar, ta, tad, taf, tag, tat, tqr, tr, tra, txr

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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