How To Install a Tar.gz File on Ubuntu

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Linux systems use a variety of file formats, and each format can be faced with a variety of issues. Tar.gz files are among the most troublesome file formats and often create installation issues for users. If you are currently struggling to get tar.gz files onto your system, here are a few techniques and commands that can help you through the installation process.

Installing Tar.gz Files on Ubuntu

The first method we recommend is to install the file through your user directory. To do this, open your directory, and go to your file. Use
$tar -zxvf program.tar.gz 
to extract .tar.gz files, or
$tar -zjvf program.tar.bz2
to extract .tarbz2s.

Next, change the directory to an unzipped folder:

cd /download/program/     



Next, type
sudo su
to get into the root. Enter your password, followed by
make install

Do not forget to also download dependencies.

Use a Sudo Command to Install Tar.gz File

Alternatively, you can choose to use a sudo command to unzip and install your file. To do this, launch your terminal and enter
tar -xzf archive.tar.gz
, or double-click the archive file and view its contents.

If the archive contains some sort of installation software, you will need to execute a sudo command. Be sure to follow the instructions listed in the archive to ensure that the software is properly installed. Here's an example of the command:

tar -xzf archive-name.tar.gz
cd archive-name
sudo make install
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