GNUTAR File Extension

GNUTAR file icon
GNU Tar Archive
  • Developer
    Free Software Foundation
  • Popularity
    3.5 (2 votes)

What is GNUTAR file?

GNUTAR is a file extension commonly associated with GNU Tar Archive files. Free Software Foundation defined the GNU Tar Archive format standard. GNUTAR file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. GNUTAR file belongs to the Data Files category just like 1258 other filename extensions listed in our database. WinZip supports GNUTAR files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 5 other tools may also be used. WinZip software was developed by WinZip Computing, S.L., and on its official website you may find more information about GNUTAR files or the WinZip software program.

Programs which support GNUTAR file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support GNUTAR files. Files with GNUTAR extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support GNUTAR file

How to open file with GNUTAR extension?

Being unable to open files with GNUTAR extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to GNU Tar Archive files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install WinZip

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening GNUTAR files is that no program that can handle GNUTAR files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select WinZip or one of the recommended programs (for example, ALZip, Apple Archive Utility, 7-Zip) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support GNUTAR files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit WinZip website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of WinZip and update if needed

If the problems with opening GNUTAR files still occur even after installing WinZip, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of WinZip is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that WinZip cannot handle files with GNUTAR may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of WinZip is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign WinZip to GNUTAR files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate GNUTAR files with latest version of WinZip you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the GNUTAR file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the WinZip installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open GNUTAR files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with GNUTAR extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with GNUTAR extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the GNUTAR file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper GNUTAR file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the GNUTAR in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the GNUTAR is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the GNUTAR file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. GNUTAR file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with GNUTAR extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic GNUTAR file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with GNUTAR extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the GNU Tar Archive file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open WinZip

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with GNUTAR extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with GNU Tar Archive file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with GNUTAR files affecting older versions of given software.

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