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What is a ZIP, GZIP, or TAR file?

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A ZIP (.zip) is (usually) a compressed archive file, a GZIP (.gz) is a file compressed using GZIP, and a TAR (.tar) file is an uncompressed archive file. All of these file types are used for archive files. They are making storing data easier for you.

Although zipped tarballs may reduce file size, they are challenging to work with. Compression tools do not compress individual files but treat the whole tarball as one big file, which results in a significant loss of quality when dealing with semi-compressed files like GIFs and JPG.

The disadvantage of a zip file is that it does not offer compression across files. The advantage is that you can access any files by looking at only a specific (target file dependent) section of the archive (as the catalog is separate from the collection).

All of these file types are used for archive files. They are making storing a collection of files easier by creating a single container file.

A ZIP (.zip) is (usually) a compressed archive file, a GZIP (.gz) is a file compressed using GZIP, and a TAR (.tar) file is an uncompressed archive file.


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