Filename Extensions
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Details of extension .tar

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .tar file?
  • Which program can create the .tar file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .tar format?
  • What can convert .tar files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .tar extension?
Tape Archive .tar file icon

Tape Archive

The TAR file is a Tape Archive. The Tape Archive (TAR) file format is a type of archive file format used to archive UNIX-like files while preserving file system information such as dates, directory structures, and permissions.
Detailed description not available
Category: Archive files
Application: TAR
Program name: -
Mime-type: application/x-tar
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
gtar, qta, qtar, ustar
Related extensions:
LH ARC Compressed Archive
ARJ Compressed Archive
Compressed Microsoft Cabinet File
LHarc Compressed Archive
Unix Gzipped TAR Archive
Compressed File
WinRAR Archive
7-Zip Archive
BZip Compressed Data

Other types of files may also use the .tar file extension. If you have helpful information about .tar extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

Midtown Madness 2 Game Data
SIO2PC Atari Disk Image
The Sims Archive
Farming Simulator Game Archive
HTTP Archive
WinRAR Archive
Sony Xperia Flash Tool Trima Area Data
Total Annihilation Demo Data
ADRIFT Text Adventure File

The .tar filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

ta (1), har (1), far (1), yar (1), ar (1), txr (1), tra (1), tqr (1), tag (1), tad (1), rar (1), gar (1), atr (1), tzr (1), twr (1)

Can't open a .tar file?

If you want to open a .tar file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .tar association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.tar

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android