How To Install Tar.Xz File In Linux

For every Linux user, there may come a time when you’ll need to install a particular software that is only available in tar.xz format. The tar.xz file, a highly compressed file format, is often used for software distribution in the Linux environment. This tutorial will guide you through the process of installing tar.xz files in Linux.

What you’ll need:

  • Your Linux Device
  • A tar.xz file you wish to install
  • Basic knowledge of Linux Terminal commands

Step 1: Extracting the tar.xz File

First, we need to extract the tar.xz file. For this, we’ll use the ‘tar’ command. Open your Terminal and type the following command:

tar -xf filename.tar.xz

Replace ‘filename’ with the name of your tar.xz file. This command will extract the tar.xz file in the same directory.

Step 2: Going into the Extracted Directory

Most of the time, tar.xz files are extracted into a new directory. Use the ‘cd’ command to navigate into this directory. The command should look something like this:

cd filename

Again, replace ‘filename’ with the name of your extracted directory.

Step 3: Installing the Software

At this point, the installation procedure might vary depending on the software. Generally, it’ll involve running a configure script, then using the ‘make’ and ‘make install’ commands. Here is what you’ll typically enter:

sudo make install

You may also need to use the sudo command to give installation permissions, which will prompt for your password.


Remember, the exact installation process can vary from program to program. If these steps do not work, be sure to check the README file or the software’s official documentation for specific installation instructions.


And there you have it! You have successfully installed software from a tar.xz file in Linux. This process might look complicated at first, but with some practice, it becomes straightforward. Happy Linuxing!