The bz2 format is more powerful than the zip format, but the bz2 file is slower when compressing or uncompressing it. The tar.bz2 files have double extensions: tar and bz2. The tar format allows to compress files and folders into a single file, whereas the bz2 format allows to reduce file size.
In this tutorial, we are going to see how to untar tar.bz2 files.

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Launch your terminal, access the directory containing your file using the "cd" command, then issue this command:

tar xjf filename.tar.bz2

Replace filename with your own file name. By running the above command, you will extract the contents of the file to the current folder. 

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