18 Tar Command Examples in Linux

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Ravi Saive

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89 Responses

  1. Ahmad Joya says:

    Thanks a lot.
    very useful topics!

  2. Abhijit says:

    I think on on example 5 and 6 for untaring, -z and -b flags respectively are missing. But anyway thanks for this great tutorial.

  3. jagadish says:

    nice explanation……..

  4. Gabriel S says:

    I’ve got this bookmarked! It’s really helpful – thanks for posting this. I refer to it constantly when I’m SSHing and moving WordPress installations around!

  5. Swati says:

    Hi Ravi,
    I am trying to create tar file at AIX server using the below command:
    tar cvf temp.tar temp/
    but its just giving me tar: and create 0 byte tar file.
    I tried diffrent options like tar -cvf, tar cf, tar -cf, temp/,temp, complete path but for all I m getting same reposne.
    Please help :(

  6. MADHU says:

    Good read, useful information . I also would like to understand how we can overwrite the file in the directories if already exist.

  7. Dev says:

    Thanks guys,
    This is really very helpful for all archiving formats :)

  8. Ahmed says:

    Salaam Ravi,

    Thanks for this valuable tricks and tips, personally it helped me a lot.
    By the way I am new bie to linux.

    Ahmed Somali

  9. Franklin says:

    Note to the author:

    some of the filename is you tar examples look like adult photos to me (e.g. Miley**photo101203.flv). Just want to let you know in case that was not on purpose…

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      What a finding….:) even I don’t know that I’ve used such images in my tar command examples. Actually I handle one large photo site in our media company. I think I tried those commands on that server and taken those images as example for tar command…..

      • Suneel says:

        Hi Ravi,

        Still Mileys & Justintimerlakes did not put clothes in Example 2 and Example 5.

        BTW..thanks for the article.

        • Ravi Saive says:

          Oops, good catch actually the examples taken from our production server where photo gallery is hosted.

  10. langacker says:

    Thanks! Great tutorial for linux beginner!

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