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Friday, November 28, 2008

How to Unzip Certain File Extensions?

It is good practice that you back up your website files to your laptop/PC from your server often. I did that pretty often; but the problem is the backup file ends with .tar.gz. I use windows XP home edition which only allows me to unzip files ended with .zip. I have no clue of how to open files ended with .tar.gz. So I searched the Internet and found a couple of useful freewares:

  • IZArc - it is a freeware supporting many archive formats such as 7-zip, a, ace, arc, arj, b64, bh, bin, bz2, bza, c2d, cab, cdi, cpio, deb, enc, gca, gz, gza, ha, img, iso, jar, lha, lib, lzh, mdf, mbf, mim, nrg, pak, pdi, pk3, rar, rpm, tar, taz, tbz, tgz, tz, uue, war, xxe, yz1, z, zip, and zoo.

  • ExtractNow - it is a simple utility that allows you to extract file extensions ended with zip, rar, iso, bin, img, ima, imz, 7z, ace, jar, gz, lzh, lha, tar, sit archive formats.

  • Zipeg 2.4 - it is a Free utility for Windows to extract files ended with zip, rar, arj, 7-zip, tar, gz, bzip2, cpio, lzh and more ...

  • 7-Zip - this Free utility allows you to pack and unpack archive formats such as follows:
    * Packing / unpacking: 7z, zip, gzip, bzip2 and tar.
    * Unpacking only: rar, cab, iso, arj, lzh, chm, msi, wim, z, cpio, rpm, deb and nsis.

  • ZipItFast - it is a freeware and supports almost all compression formats including zip, exe, tar, cab, gzip, lha, ace, rar and over 20 additional formats.
Occasionally we all run into problems of how to unzip certain file extensions. I use IZArc to extract most file extensions that I've encountered. It does pretty good job. You may also check out the others. Let me know what you think.

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