What are the differences between .zip, .rar, .deb, and .tar files Back

Refer to https://www.quora.com/What-is-difference-between-zip-rar-deb-and-tar-files.

  • Zip : ZIP file format was basically widely used to group files for single downloading over Internet.
    • It is fastest tool to compress and group several files together.
    • Released under public domain
  • Tar (tar.gz and tar.bzip2): Often referred to as a tarball , name is derived from (t)ape (ar)chive , originally developed to write data to sequential I/O devices with no file system.
    • tar.gz compress more good than zip but takes longer time
    • Universal choice among linux developers and users
    • tar.bzip2 is better than tar.gz but slower.
  • Rar : The only software that creates RAR files ( WinRAR ) but Windows-only.
    • You can uncompress RAR files on Mac and Linux, but not create them.
    • RAR can also split up compressed archives into multiple parts which makes it cool for sharing large files over Internet.
  • Deb :Extension of the Debian software package format and most used for binary packages .
    • Debian packages are standard Unix archives that include two tar archives
    • one archive holds the control information and another contains the program data.
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