Tar Cheat Sheet

Compress a file or directory

tar -czvf name-of-archive.tar.gz /path/to/directory-or-file

  • -c: Create a new archive. Arguments supply the names of the files to be archived. Directories are archived recursively, unless the —no-recursion option is given.
  • -z: Use gzip.
  • -v: Use archive file.
  • -f: Specify the filename of the archive.

Extract an archive

tar -xvzf name-of-archive.tar.gz

  • f: Specify archive file.
  • z: Use gzip.
  • x: Extract files from an archive.
  • v: Verbosely list files processed.