How To Install Tar.gz Centos

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Installing software on CentOS can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially when dealing with tar.gz files. In this article, I will guide you through the process of installing a tar.gz file on CentOS and share some personal insights along the way.

What is a Tar.gz File?

Before we dive into the installation process, let’s first understand what a tar.gz file is. Tar.gz, also known as a tarball, is a type of compressed archive file. It is commonly used in Linux distributions to package multiple files or directories into a single file for easy distribution.

Step 1: Downloading the Tar.gz File

The first step is to download the tar.gz file that you want to install. You can either download it directly from the author’s website or use the command-line tool, wget, to download it. For example:


Make sure to replace with the actual URL of the tar.gz file you want to install.

Step 2: Extracting the Tar.gz File

Once you have downloaded the tar.gz file, you need to extract its contents. To do this, use the following command:

tar -xzf package.tar.gz

This command will extract the contents of the tar.gz file into a directory with the same name as the package. For example, if the tar.gz file is named package.tar.gz, a new directory called package will be created with the extracted files.

Step 3: Installing the Software

After extracting the tar.gz file, navigate to the newly created directory using the cd command:

cd package

Once inside the directory, you may find a README or INSTALL file that provides further instructions for installation. Read through these files carefully and follow the instructions provided by the software developer.

Typically, the installation process involves running a series of commands such as:

sudo make install

These commands configure, compile, and install the software, respectively. However, different software packages may have different installation processes, so it’s important to refer to the specific documentation for guidance.

Step 4: Verifying the Installation

After completing the installation process, it’s always a good idea to verify that the software was installed correctly. You can do this by running the software’s executable or using the which command to check the installation path. For example:

which package

If the installation was successful, the command will return the path to the executable file.


Installing tar.gz files on CentOS can be a bit challenging, but by following these steps and carefully reading the software documentation, you’ll be able to successfully install the software you need. Remember to always double-check the installation instructions provided by the software developer and test the software to ensure it’s working as expected.