What is a .TAR.XZ File And How To Open It – Tukaani (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .tar.xz extension, but you have never seen this extension before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .tar.xz file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .TAR.XZ file?

The file extension .TAR.XZ is XZ Compressed Tar Archive. This file extension belongs to the developer Tukaani. The format of this compressed file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .tar.xz file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .TAR.XZ file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .TAR.XZ file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .tar.xz file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the 7-Zip software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: 7-Zip.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .TAR.XZ file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the 7-Zip software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .TAR.XZ file on Android

The .tar.xz file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .TAR.XZ file in the download folder

The first 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the ZDevs ZArchiver software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the ZDevs ZArchiver software. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .TAR.XZ file?

If you cannot open the .TAR.XZ 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.XZ file.tar.z – The GNU Project, .tardist – SGI, .targa – Avid Technology, .targets – Microsoft, .tasproj – TASVideos. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .TAR.XZ file with the 7-Zip program on Windows and ZDevs ZArchiver software on Android.