What is a .TAR.BZ2 File And How To Open It – The GNU Project

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Have you downloaded a file with .tar.bz2 extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .tar.bz2 file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .TAR.BZ2 file?

The .TAR.BZ2 file extension stands for Compressed Tarball File. This file extension belongs to the developer The GNU Project. The format of this file is binary, and it is a compressed file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .tar.bz2 file on 1 platform.

How to open a .TAR.BZ2 file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .TAR.BZ2 file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .TAR.BZ2 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .tar.bz2 file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the 7-Zip, PeaZip, RARLAB WinRAR and Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .TAR.BZ2 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the 7-Zip software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .TAR.BZ2 file?

If you cannot open the .TAR.BZ2 file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .TAR.BZ2 file.tar.gz – The GNU Project, .tar.gz2 – Misnamed BZ2 Tarball, .tar.lz – Lzip Compressed Tarball, .tar.lzma – LZMA Compressed Tarball, .tar.md5 – Android System File. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .TAR.BZ2 file with the 7-Zip, PeaZip, RARLAB WinRAR, Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe programs on Windows.