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How to Extract XZ Compressed Data Tarball Using Tar

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In case you come across XZ compressed data in form of tar ball *.tar.xz here is how you can decompress your data using tar command under Linux. First install xz-utils package. It is very likely that this package is already installed on your system. To check whether xz-utils package is installed on your system run:

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$ dpkg -l | grep xz-utils

if no output is present then you do not have xz-utils installed. If so, install xz-utils with:

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# apt-get install xz-utils

At this point you are ready to extract your XZ compressed data with command:

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$ tar xvJf my-XZ-compressed-data.tar.xz

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