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What is the best program to uncompress .tar.gz files on Windows Server 2008?


Sorry - 'Best' is very subjective.

In my situation speed and the ability to both unzip and untar in one step are important.

From what I've read (on the 7-zip front page!?)- 7-zip has the best outcome when it comes to compression.

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This is fairly subjective and should really be Community Wiki –  Mark Henderson Aug 12 '09 at 0:26

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

I use WinRar, it does the tarballing and gz'ing in one step.

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Looks like WinRar is just as good an option - unfortunately you came in second! Let the voting decide 'the best'... –  Dan Aug 12 '09 at 0:26
Haha, well it's not a competition –  Mark Henderson Aug 12 '09 at 0:32
WinRAR is a far superior product to 7-Zip (for features) –  Izzy Aug 12 '09 at 0:43
Izzy, only for the RAR format. Besides, 7-Zip is free. –  John Gardeniers Aug 12 '09 at 0:52
Mind you, the only person I know who's admitted to buying a WinRAR license is Jeff Attwood –  Mark Henderson Aug 12 '09 at 1:05

I don't know if this one is "the best", but you can try 7-Zip

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7-Zip does not extract tar.gz in one step. sourceforge.net/p/sevenzip/discussion/45797/thread/5eb1b8d5/… –  opticyclic Feb 19 at 22:16

YOu can use Gnu Tar and GZip for Windows.

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+1: using command line is rarely a bad idea –  Maxwell Aug 12 '09 at 12:17

"Best" is very subjective. One I use quite a lot is Tugzip, which like 7-Zip is free.

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You're right - I've edited the question. –  Dan Aug 12 '09 at 1:16
I forgot to mention WinZip, which also does a very nice job of it. –  John Gardeniers Aug 12 '09 at 2:42

I like 7-zip quite a bit. Has been good for me so far.

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