A .tar.bz2 file is a TAR archive, compressed with a Burrows-Wheeler (BZ2) compression algorithm, along with Run-Length Encoding (RLE) for better compression. Most commonly, this file format is used for distributing software packages on Unix based operating systems like Linux. Reading or extracting files from a tar.bz2 archive is much easier with the new WinZip developed by Corel.
How to open TAR-BZ2 files
Save the .tar.bz2 file to the desktop. If your compressed file was downloaded from a website, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.
Launch WinZip from your start menu or Desktop shortcut. Open the compressed file by clicking File > Open. If your system has the compressed file extension associated with WinZip program, just double-click on the file.
Select all the files and folders inside the compressed file. Or multi-select only the files or folders you want to open by holding the CTRL key and left-clicking on them.
Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
Choose the destination folder to place the extracting files and click "Unzip" button.
Find your extracted files in the destination folder.
Open TAR-BZ2 files on Windows or Mac
Internet Explorer 8 or later
WinZip Mac 8
Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
Intel 64-bit processor
Supports Apple Retina Displays
WinZip opens and extracts TAR-BZ2 Compressed Archive Files—and many more formats
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