Linux – Which is more efficient – tar or zip compression? What is the difference between tar and zip

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I'm working in Linux environment and want to know about tar and zip commands.

Which is more efficient – tar or zip? I also need to know the differences between the tar and zip commands. Can anyone explain them to me?

Best Answer

tar only makes a single file out of multiple files, it doesn't do compression unless combined a compression program such as gzip or bzip2 (which you can call from within tar by using the -z or -j options, respectively). zip combines both the archiving and compression in one program.