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cli-tarHow do I use gzip with tar?

Using gzip with tar allows for the compression of multiple files into one file with the .tar.gz extension. This is done by using the tar command with the -z or --gzip flag.

For example, to compress the files file1.txt and file2.txt into a single file called archive.tar.gz, you would use the following command:

tar -czvf archive.tar.gz file1.txt file2.txt

The output of the above command should look something like this:


The command is made up of the following parts:

  • tar: The command to create an archive.
  • -czvf: Flags that mean to create an archive, compress it with gzip, verbosely list the files being archived, and save it to a file.
  • archive.tar.gz: The name of the output file.
  • file1.txt & file2.txt: The files to be archived.

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