I have a file sent to me as a file_name.tar.xzfile thats been compressed on ubuntu and I want to uncompress it on my mac. This isnt readily available out of the box so I looked up and installed a brew called gnu-tar.

I know that I can uncompress it on the terminal but I would like to use this with the archive utility on my mac.

Any ideas on how to achieve this?


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Archive Utility doesn't currently support .tar.xz files. You can provide feedback to Apple at apple.com/feedback.

While Terminal can uncompress .tar.xz as you note, if you're looking for a GUI-based solution you can install:

The Unarchiver

which has support for .tar.xz.


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