How to use the tar command
I’ve been doing a lot in the command line lately, so I’ve gotten to use the tar command quite a bit. Here are a few useful tips that helped me get started.
I’ve been doing a lot in the command line lately, so I’ve gotten to use the
tar command quite a bit.
Here are a few useful tips that helped me get started:
tar command is a compressor/decompressor which generally works out of the box on Mac and Linux machines.
The basic usage is as follows:
$ tar -options file1 file2
To compress a file, here’s my go-to usage:
$ tar -czvf files.tar.gz ./files/
Let’s look at each of these parts:
c: This means we want to compress (vs
z: This says we want to use the gz compression technique.
v: This means we want to get a verbose output of what is being compressed (great for ensuring everything gets in there like you want it).
f: This means we’re compressing a folder and its contents into a file.
files.tar.gz: This is the destination file. Don’t forget the
./files/: This is the source folder we want to compress.
It’s as simple as that!
To decompress, just use the
x option instead of the
$ tar -xzvf files.tar.gz ./
That’s not so bad, is it?