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About .TAR File Format

To do word count in TAR archives, let’s get to know a little more about this format.

TAR (Tape Archive) is one of the oldest archive formats in still in active use. Originally designed for use in sequential tape storage.

Originally implemented as a command line utility in Version 7 Unix in 1979, it is still very popular in Unix-like systems. Notably, the TAR format itself does not compress the archived files. It simply collects them into a single file (sometimes called a tarball). File compression utilities can then be used on the tarball. 

Many common software utilities can create, modify or open TAR files, notably 7-Zip, WinZip and WinRar (read-only).


WinZip Home Page
7-Zip Home Page
WinRAR Home Page

Word, Character, Line Counts for TAR files

AnyCount can do “on the fly” extraction and counting of files from .TAR archives, including archives protected with password.

Therefore, if you would like to calculate word counts of files in the archive (e.g., which you have just received from client), you do not need to extract them first. Just add archive to AnyCount as you usually add individual files and AnyCount will do the rest.

Word count in ZIP archive files

When counting of .TAR files is completed, you can:

  • view count results on the screen;
  • print count results;
  • export count results to .HTML, .DOCX, or .PDF formats.
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