How To Open .TBZ ( tar.bz2 ) File Under Linux / UNIX

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Q. I've download ed .tbz file. How do I open .tbz file under Linux / UNIX operating system using a shell prompt or GUI application?

A. This is a tarball. A .tar or .tbz or .tgz file is commonly referred to as a Tarball, which is usually compressed to save disk space. Use tar command to open .tbz file.

First, open a terminal or shell prompt.

Extracts all files from a compressed Tar file of the name test.tbz or test.tar.bz2(bzipped file).
$ tar -xjf test.tbz

To extract to a specific folder called /tmp/test, use:
$ tar -xjf test.tbz -C /tmp/test

To view extracted file, use:
$ cd /tmp/test
$ ls -l

GUI tool 7-ZIP

7-Zip is a file archiver with the high compression ratio. The program supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, ISO, MSI, WIM, NSIS, RPM and DEB formats. It is a open source cross-platform file archiver, supports creation and extraction of Tar archives.

You can download 7-Zip here online.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 SIFE November 19, 2009 at 11:14 am

Salamo Alikom
thx ,this help to extract FreeBSD package .


2 Unceus August 4, 2011 at 1:58 am

Thanks, very helpful.


3 bitlord February 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

You can do it this way as well. It also works for Solaris.
bzip2 -cd files.tar.bz2 | tar xvf -


4 Human August 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

don;t mention the name of god. Thanks for this post. This is for SIFE


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