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Extract Multi-Tar Files On Windows Or Mac

What is a Multi-Tar?

Very large files have to be split into multiple units in order to be downloadable. 'Tar' is a data compression format that packs files into parcels of varying size and also unpacks them again later.

How do I recognise Multi-Tar files?

Multi-Tar file names end with sequential numbers. For example, the following archive files feature seven individual data parcels:

  • Archiv.tar.001
  • Archiv.tar.002
  • Archiv.tar.003
  • Archiv.tar.004
  • Archiv.tar.005
  • Archiv.tar.006
  • Archiv.tar.007

The Avosound order confirmation will inform you if the product is a Multi-Tar download.

Unpacking Multi-Tar files on your MAC

Unpacking Multi-Tar files on your MAC

We use the following freeware to unpack Multi-Tar files: Keka.

  1. Download, install and start Keka
  2. Choose Keka option 'TAR'
  3. Select the FIRST file (‘Compressed File.tar.001’) and drag it into the Keka window
  4. As soon as files have been dragged to Keka, Keka will ask if these files should be packed or unpacked -> Please move the file to ‘Unpack’
  5. Keka will now unpack the Multi-Tar.
  6. You can delete the downloaded Multi-Tars as soon as Keka is finished unpacking them.

1. Download, install and start Keka

2. Choose Keka option 'TAR'

Keka Window

3. Select the FIRST file Compressed File.tar.001 and drag it into the Keka window

3. Select the FIRST file Compressed File.tar.001 and drag it into the Keka window

As soon as files have been dragged to Keka, Keka will ask if these files should be packed or unpacked -> Please move the file to ‘Unpack’

4. Keka will now unpack the Multi-Tar.

5. You can delete the downloaded Multi-Tars as soon as Keka is finished unpacking them.

Unpacking Multi-Tar files on Windows

Unpacking multi-tar files on windows with 7-zip

For Windows we use the following freeware to unpack Multi-Tar files: 7-zip.

extract multi-tars with 7-zip on windows

  1. Download and install 7-zip
  2. 7-zip will show up in the context menu as soon as you move the cursor onto the selected Multi-Tar file and press the right mouse button.
  3. Select ’Unpack to…’
  4. 7-zip will now unpack the Multi-Tar files.
  5. You can delete the downloaded Multi-Tars as soon as 7-zip is finished unpacking them.