How can I use password protection with the
tar command in Linux? I'm new to Linux so please explain to me with simple usage.
As far as I know tar doesn't provide this service. You could use 7zip instead, which does offer encrypted archives.
What you can also do is use
gpg in addition to tar:
tar cvJf myarchive.tar.xz myfiles gpg -c myarchive.tar.xz.gpg
This will give you a password protected archive.
Run the output through pgp
tar .... | pgp --symmetric output.tar.pgp
pgp -d output.tar.gz | tar tv
Consider using proper asymmetric keys (public/private keys) for real protection
Step 1 :
sudo apt-get install zip
Step 2 :
zip -P password file.zip files