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How to extract a tar file (.tgz) in windows? Is this possible, or do I have to get into a linux environment and extract it?

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....a linux environment just to extract? – Pacerier May 16 '15 at 3:36
I know the pain that goes behind this question: if you frequently download .tgz whats a shortcut way to extract the content of the .tar which is inside of the .tgz.?? – Ahmed Dec 15 '15 at 23:42

No, you don't need Linux, you can download a free tool like 7zip which is more than capable of extracting tar.gz/tgz content.

And, on the assumption that you're writing batch files to do this extraction (since this is a programming site rather than a general tools help forum), it has a nice command-line interface so that you don't have to worry about GUI rubbish.

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7-zip also has a native windows x64 version. – Chuck Jan 18 '11 at 22:26
+1 though GUI <> rubbish. – Ulrich Gerhardt Nov 17 '11 at 13:27
@Ulrich You can use 7-Zip Theme Manager to paint it... – Evil Angel May 21 '13 at 2:46
@UlrichGerhardt, Real non-GUI is using cards. As long as there's a single pixel involved, it's GUI. – Pacerier May 16 '15 at 3:40

Cygwin contains the necessary tools, of course. It's overkill just to unpack one tarball, but if you like the Linux command line tools, Cygwin is well worth installing.

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I have been trying to find a tar utility on windows that could extract Rocket.Chat tgz files and cygwin is the ONLY one capable of that. The archive features very long paths and links. I have tried all tools mentioned here except for WinRAR and Ch Shell and all except Cygwin's tar failed. – galmok Jun 9 at 9:12

You can use PowerArchiver 6.1 (freeware) or 7-zip (freeware).

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I'd go with the previously mentioned 7zip, but you can also use WinZIP.

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I always have the UnxUtils GNU utilities in my PATH on a Windows box.

UnxUtils includes tar and gunzip programs, among other things one can't live without after getting used to a Unix shell.

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You can also use WinRAR to extract .tgz and .tar.gz files however WinRAR is not a free software.

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What is wrong with this answer? – Jon Oct 2 '14 at 8:37

I use Universal Extractor I use that and 7-Zip for a lot of things.

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You can check out the gow project. It provides a nice list of Unix utilities on Win32 system. Works quite well.

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