man tar for more information, but this command should do the trick:
tar -xvzf community_images.tar.gz
Also, to extract in a specific directory
for eg. to extract the archive into a custom
my_images directory .
tar -xvzf community_images.tar.gz -C my_images
To explain a little further,
tar collected all the files into one package,
community_images.tar. The gzip program applied compression, hence the
gz extension. So the command does a couple things:
f: this must be the last flag of the command, and the tar file must be immediately after. It tells tar the name and path of the compressed file.
z: tells tar to decompress the archive using gzip
x: tar can collect files or extract them.
xdoes the latter.
v: makes tar talk a lot. Verbose output shows you all the files being extracted.
C: means change to directory
DIR. In our example,