Last updated on December 12th, 2019 at 03:28 pm

If you are working on Linux server you always need command to create a tar.gz file or unzip the tar.gz file to zip unzip project on your server or to take a backup of your file. So here a simple command you can use to create a tar.gz files in the server using the command line.

Creating a tar.gz file in Linux command line.

Here is a simple procedure to create a tar file in Linux.

  1. Open the terminal application in Linux
  2. Run tar command to create an archived named file.tar.gz for given directory name by running: tar -czvf file.tar.gz /path_of_directory
  3. Verify tar.gz file using the ls command and tar command

Unzip the tar.gz file in Linux command line.

Now if you want to extract tar.gz file in your server run below command

or if you want to extract an archive instead of creating one.

You may want to extract the contents of the archive to a specific directory. You can do so by appending the -C switch to the end of the command. For example, the following command will extract the contents of the archive.tar.gz file to the /temp directory.

Understanding tar command options

tar command option Description
-c Create a new archive
-x Extract files from an archive
-t List the contents of an archive
-v Verbose output
-f file.tar.gz Use archive file
-C DIR Change to DIR before performing any operations
-z Filter the archive through gzip i.e. compress or decompress archive

Hope this tip helps you.