How to create a tar.gz file using Java

In order to compress files and folders as a tar.gz file in Java we can make use of the Apache Commons Compress dependency.

Apache Commons Compress API can be used to compression and archive formats such as bzip2, gzip, pack200, lzma, xz, Snappy, traditional Unix Compress, DEFLATE, DEFLATE64, LZ4, Brotli, Zstandard and ar, cpio, jar, tar, zip, dump, 7z, arj.

Maven Dependency:


Gradle Dependency:

implementation group: 'org.apache.commons', name: 'commons-compress', version: '1.23.0'

Code Example:

import org.apache.commons.compress.archivers.tar.TarArchiveEntry;
import org.apache.commons.compress.archivers.tar.TarArchiveOutputStream;
import org.apache.commons.compress.compressors.gzip.GzipCompressorOutputStream;


public class TarGzCreatorWithJava {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String sourceDirPath = "/data";
        String tarGzFilePath = "/data/data.tar.gz";

        try {
            var fileOutputStream = new FileOutputStream(tarGzFilePath);
            var gzipCompressorOutputStream = new GzipCompressorOutputStream(fileOutputStream);
            var tarArchiveOutputStream = new TarArchiveOutputStream(gzipCompressorOutputStream);

            File sourceDir = new File(sourceDirPath);
            addFilesToTar(sourceDir, tarOut, "");


            System.out.println("File created.. : " + tarGzFilePath);
        } catch (IOException e) {

    private static void addFilesToTar(File source, TarArchiveOutputStream tarOut, String parentDir) throws IOException {
        File[] files = source.listFiles();
        if (files != null) {
            for (File file : files) {
                if (file.isDirectory()) {
                    addFilesToTar(file, tarOut, parentDir + file.getName() + "/");
                } else {
                    TarArchiveEntry entry = new TarArchiveEntry(parentDir + file.getName());

                    try (FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream(file)) {
                        byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
                        int read;
                        while ((read = != -1) {
                            tarOut.write(buffer, 0, read);

Created a tar.gz file using Java

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