.TAR File Extension

Tape Archive File

A tar archive file is commonly used on Linux servers. Its benefits include being easy to use and short packing/unpacking times. However, tar files are less secure compared to some other archive format...

General Information

Title TAR File Extension
Extension .tar
Full Form Tape Archive File
File Type Archive File
Developer Various (Unix-based Systems)
MIME Type application/x-tar

File Function

Primary Function File archiving
Additional Functions File packaging
Features Multiple files, Directory structure preservation

File Characteristics

Quality Uncompressed
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable No, repack required

Use Cases

Backup Storage Yes
Software Distribution Yes
Data Transfer Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Archive bombs
Best Practices Integrity checks, Safe sources

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Around 1979
Latest Version Depends on software

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .tar.gz, .tgz, .tar.bz2, .tar.xz

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
GNU Tar Free Unix, Windows, macOS
7-Zip Free Windows, Linux with p7zip
WinRAR Trialware Windows, macOS, Linux