How can I extract a single file or folder from a large tar.gz archive?

Maxoq

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Hi everyone,

I have large tar archive file (.tar.gz) on my VPS server and it was compressed by my previous hosting prorvider, they sent me the link to download, now I need to unzip it.
Can someone help me to extract particular this type of file?

Thanks,
Max
 

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You can not extract a particular file from .tar.gz .. its has to be extracted completely in order to get that single file you are looking for.

in order to extract the file , use the command

tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
 

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Maxoq
What is -zxvf in your command? why do I need to include it?
One question more, tar command is the default command from Linux and I don't need to install before using?
 

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Alternatively you could download the file to your PC and extract what you need using 7Zip or any good zip program for mac or windows.
Saves unzipping a large archive on your VPS to grab a single item.
 

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Yes Tar should be installed as part of the basic system utilities.

They are the options for the Tar command.


- f, is the file
- v, verbose output
- z, gzip
- x Extract
 
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