File - Archive


An archive is a tree of file and directory that are grouped in one file.

An archive is use for:

  • data compression and archiving. During the creation of the archive, a compression algorithm is applied to reduce the size of the data
  • but also file distribution such as:

This is an encoding format.

Logically, you can see an archive as a local file system because you can:

  • delete
  • rename
  • put

any file and directory inside an archive.


The most well known archive format are:

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