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.shar File Extension

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File type: Unix Shar Archive
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .shar. Files with the file extension .shar can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .shar files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .shar file?

The compressed archives that are created by Unix Shell Archive Program are SHAR files and they obviously contain a variety of files in a single archive. SHAR files operate by compressing these files into an archive. SHAR files are different from other archivers because generating these files may require a shell script wherein this script promotes the recreation of specific files through an executed command. SHAR archives are also known as self extracting compressed file and the presence of the UNIX Bourne shell is needed for its proper functioning. SHAR files are text files that help develop other utilities for compression and since it is a command-line driven program, executing these files requires users to type a certain SHAR command. The duplication of the functions of a script based on UNIX is one of the capabilities of SHAR files; which is why they are considered important shell scripts. Typing the command “sh filename.shar” can unpack SHAR files.

how to open a .shar file?

Launch a .shar file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .shar file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .shar files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .shar file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .shar file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .shar file association errors

applications that open a .shar file

shar

shar

shar (an abbreviation of shell archive) is an archive format in the Unix operating system. An archive is a collection of computer files that have been packaged together for transport to some other location or for backup while the archive format is the file format used in archiving. An archive format can be multi-function formats that can create error detection and recovery information, concatenate, encrypt, compress, and package the archive into self-extracting and self-expanding files or compression only formats that only compress files. The shar format is an archiving format that is capable of concatenating files, and creates self-extracting files. Since it is self-extracting, executing the application will recreate the files. shar files can be created with the Unix shar utility, and extracting the files require only the standard Unix Bourne shell sh. It is not formally a component of Unix but a legacy utility that is not specified by a Single Unix Specification.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .shar files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .shar. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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