How to Import .TGZ to Gmail

By Tommy Charles

A tar, or .tgz file, is a collection of other files used with the Linux operating system. These files often contain important documents or scripts, and users often back them up for safekeeping. You can back up your .tgz files to your Gmail account by sending an email to yourself and attaching the .tgz file along with it. This way, if you ever need to retrieve your .tgz file, you can do so using Gmail's built-in search feature.

Step 1

Log in to your Gmail account and then press the "Compose" button located on the left-hand side of the page.

Step 2

Enter your email address in the "To" box and then press the "Tab" key.

Step 3

Type a description of the email in the "Subject" box and then press the "Tab" key.

Step 4

Describe the contents of the .tgz file in the "body" area of the email if desired.

Step 5

Click the blue "Attach a file" link to open the "Select Files" dialog box.

Step 6

Navigate to the directory that contains your .tgz file and then double-click to select it.

Step 7

Click "Send" to complete the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also upload your important files to Google Docs. Simply navigate to "" and then click the "Upload" button located on the left-hand side. Select the "files" option and then select the .tgz file using the Windows Explorer box that opens.
  • You may want to include the name of your .tgz file in the "Subject" box of the email. This will make it much easier to locate the email with the search function.
  • If you want to keep the email containing your .tgz file at the top of your list, simply click the star icon next to it. This will add it to a list of high priority emails.
  • Your .tgz file must be below the maximum size of 25 megabytes. Otherwise, you will receive an error message.

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