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What Windows tool or program can I use to open a .tar file? I also have .tar.gz files that I would like to open.

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Try 7-zip.

  • High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
  • Supported formats:
    • Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
    • Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 74 languages
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Works great: thanks! – Justin Voss Oct 5 '09 at 5:49

Winzip should also do the job fine

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winzip costs money for the full version – falter Oct 5 '09 at 9:52

I prefer WinRAR. It uses up less RAM. Look here for a face-off between WinRAR and 7-zip.

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