How to Convert RAR to TAR.XZ Using C#

First, you need to obtain and reference the Aspose.Zip library in your C# project. You can typically download it from the Aspose website or use a NuGet package if available. Package manager, search for Aspose.ZIP and install. You may also use the following command from the Package Manager Console.

Manage NuGet packages with the Visual Studio Package

Package Manager Console Command:

PM> Install-Package Aspose.Zip

Steps to Convert RAR to TAR.XZ via C#

Convertation from RAR to TAR.XZ consist of following steps:

  • Extract archive to intermediate storage
  • Compress extracted data to desired format

System Requirements

Before running the conversion example code, make sure that you have the following prerequisites.

  • Microsoft Windows or a compatible OS with .NET Framework, Mono and COM Interop.
  • Development environment like Microsoft Visual Studio.
  • Aspose.Tasks for .NET DLL referenced in your project.

Sample code to convert from RAR to TAR.XZ

Converting RAR archives to TAR.XZ format involves transitioning between compression formats, each with its own set of advantages. RAR archives are renowned for their strong compression capabilities and wide usage. By converting them into TAR.XZ archives, users ensure that the original file structure and data are meticulously preserved throughout the process. TAR.XZ archives, which combine the Tape Archive (TAR) format with XZ compression, are favored for their excellent compression ratios and compatibility with Unix-like systems.

Once the conversion to TAR.XZ is completed, the resulting archive becomes readily compatible with Unix-based operating systems, making it a suitable choice for specific use cases within such environments. However, users should consider factors like compression efficiency and compatibility with their target system when opting for this conversion. Converting RAR to TAR.XZ proves valuable for users who need to adapt RAR archives for Unix-based scenarios while retaining data integrity and enjoying the efficient compression provided by the XZ format.

Code from RAR to various formats: The RAR archive typically contains multiple records or files. To convert this archive into formats such as GZ (Gzip), LZ (Lzip), Z (Unix Compress), XZ (XZ Utils), and BZ2 (Bzip2), a common approach is to first package the contents into a TAR.XZ (Tape Archive) format. This process is reminiscent of the typical practice in Linux environments.

In this conversion process, each file or record within the RAR archive is first bundled together into a single TAR.XZ archive. This TAR.XZ archive serves as a container for the individual files, preserving their original structure and metadata. Once the data is encapsulated within the TAR.XZ archive, it becomes easier to apply different compression algorithms and formats.

The choice of TAR.XZ as an intermediate format is due to its simplicity and wide compatibility across various Unix-like operating systems. It provides a straightforward way to group files together without applying compression directly. After the TAR.XZ packaging is complete, subsequent compression operations can be applied to the TAR.XZ archive to generate the desired output formats, such as GZ, LZ, Z, XZ, or BZ2.

Convert from RAR to TAR.XZ - C#:

    using (TarArchive tarArchive = new TarArchive())
        using (RarArchive rar = new RarArchive(@"archive.rar"))
            for (int i = 0; i < rar.Entries.Count; i++)
                if (!rar.Entries[i].IsDirectory)
                    var ms = new MemoryStream();
                    ms.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
                    tarArchive.CreateEntry(rar.Entries[i].Name, ms);
                    tarArchive.CreateEntry(rar.Entries[i].Name + "/", Stream.Null);


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Other Supported RAR Conversions

You can also convert RAR into many other file formats including few listed below.