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Tar Command Cheat-Sheet

Here is a basic guide to the Unix tar command.

Individual Options Letters

  • c - Create archive
  • f - Specify the filename of archive (typically used with the c option)
  • t - List files in archive
  • r - Append to archive
  • s - Preserve order of files
  • v - Verbose mode (extra output)
  • z - (De)compress archive with Gzip
  • w - Ask before performing actions that could be destructive


  • tar xsf ARCHIVE - decompress the specified archive
  • tar cf ARCHIVE FILE FILE - create an archive with the specified files

Last update: 2020-11-30