How to install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file?
I am newbie to ubuntu. I would like someone to explain how to use sudo command to unzip & install .tar.gz file to me.
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No need to use sudo to unpack the archive. Type this in a terminal:
Or you can just double-click on the archive from Nautilus (the file manager) to see what's inside. No need for command line until now.
If this archive contains something to install in the system, then sudo would be useful at one point or another. Very often, such an archive contains software that must be compiled and then installed. Typically, what you then do is as follows:
As you see, only the step actually installing the program requires superuser rights; everything else happens just in your home directory, which you own. Please do not type blindly the instructions above; first, read any documents called "README" or "INSTALLATION" that you will find in the archive.
Like January said if the file .tar.gz is owned by your user, you don't need sudo to extract the file.
To install some file *.tar.gz, you basically would do:
Most of the times you only need to:
Your concept about sudo is wrong. sudo is the command to give root privilege to an action. For more details, type
For installing software from tar ball, follow the instructions in the post:
Type these commands :
This will extract the file_name.gz to a particular directory. cd folder/
This will change the directory to where you have extracted your tar.gz
These will install your application. For further information visit these links :