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.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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