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What is a tar.bz2 file?

A tar.bz2 is a file format for packaging multiple files and directories into a single file. First the files and directories are archived into a tar file. TAR stands for Tape ARchive and is an ancient format (in computer years!) that was initially utilised for backing up data into magnetic tape. It doesn't actually compress the data.

The tar file is then compressed into a bz2 file, which utilises the Burrows–Wheeler compression algorithm. It does a better job compressing file than older compression formats but is considerably slower.

This method of archiving is commonly used in unix/linux environments to package and distribute software and other files.

A tbz2 is the same file type but with a different file extension.

How to open tar.bz2 file?

  1. Under "Select tar.bz2 file to open", click on browse (or your browser equivalent)
  2. Select the tar.bz2 file you wish to extract.
  3. Click "Extract". It will list the content of the tar.bz2 archive.
  4. Click "Save" on the individual files to save file to your local drive.

What operating system and browser do you support?

This version of ezyZip uses modern browser features, so ensure you're using the latest and greatest (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge or one of their variants). This ain't your grandpa's tar.bz2 online extractor!

We have tested it to work with Windows, MacOS, Linux (e.g. Ubuntu, Mint, Debian), Android, ChromeOS (Chromebook), iOS (iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch).

Please let us know via the feedback form if you have any issues.

What is ezyZip?

ezyZip is a free online tool for packing and unpacking archive files. It supports zip, 7zip, rar, tar, tar.bz2, tar.gz, tgz, jar.

Unlike other zip and unzip online utilities, ezyZip DOES NOT have file size restrictions or require you to upload / download files to a server. It runs locally as a browser app, thus making it much quicker than other similar zip and unzip online tools. This also ensures your privacy will be protected as no file data will leave your browser.