How to Unzip a Tgz File in Linux

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How to Unzip a Tgz File in Linux
Unzip or decompress a TGZ archive from command-line. (binary data image by rgbspace from

TGZ is one of the most common compression formats used for sharing Linux files over the Internet. The command-line tool used to unzip TGZ archives is "tar," which is included standard in any Linux distribution.

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  1. 1

    Open a Command-line Terminal from the Taskbar.

  2. 2

    Enter the directory where the TGZ archive you wish to unzip is located using the "cd" command. For example, if the directory is "/usr/downloads," type "cd /usr/downloads" and press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Unzip the TGZ archive with the following command, substituting "file.tgz" with the name of the TGZ you wish to unzip:

    tar -zxvf file.tgz

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