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RAR RAR (Archive)

File extension .rar
Category Archive File
Description Named after its Russian creator, the RAR format, standing for Roshal Archive, is a compressed file type. The compression technique used to create RAR files is proprietary and has been licensed to other paid and freeware compression file applications. The RAR format also provides features such as repair, which will attempt to restore part or all of the file when physical damage has occurred. The RAR format established itself as a rival to the ZIP file format due to its superior compression ratios.
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Technical Details The RAR format allows for an extremely large potential file size, with 20 Exabyte's being the upper limit. The format permits spanning across multiple RAR files. This sometimes leads to the file extension being renamed from .RAR to .R01,.R02 etc. This is particularly useful when an archive needs to be transferred to removable media such as a memory card or CD/DVD. RAR, along with several other lossless file compression formats, is based on Huffman encoding.
Associated programs
  • WinRAR
  • StuffIt
  • 7Zip
  • WinZip
Developed by Eugene Roshal
MIME type
  • application/x-rar-compressed
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TAR.BZ2 TAR.BZ2 (Archive)

File extension .tar.bz2
Category Archive File
Description The TAR file format was initially developed within a Unix environment with a purpose to support tape backup procedures. Subsequently it has been used for file archiving purposes and to collect multiple files into one file for storage or distribution. TAR is also the name of an application that handles TAR files. TAR, despite still being quite popular, particularly in the Linux platform, does have some shortcomings, which have been addressed through new versions of the format.
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Technical Details A TAR file is a collection of files into one file. It is not compressed by default. A number of compression applications exist which can then be used to compress the entire TAR file, such as gzip. If compression is applied then this changes the file extension from.tar to .tar.gz to denote its compression. The new additional suffix is dependent on the type of compression used. TAR files consist of a file header and file data rounded up to a multiple of 512 bytes.
Associated programs
  • GNU Tar
  • WinZip
  • StuffIt
  • Apple Archive Utility
Developed by The GNU Project
MIME type
  • application/tar
  • application/x-tar
  • applicaton/x-gtar
  • multipart/x-tar
  • application/x-compress
  • application/x-compressed
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