How to Decompress Your BeagleBone’s Linux Distribution

By Rui Santos, Luis Miguel Costa Perestrelo

The Linux distribution you can download for your BeagleBone is compressed in an .xz file. You have to decompress the .xz file so that you can access the .img file contained inside. The procedure you use to decompress the file depends on your computer’s OS.

How to decompress your Linux distribution with Windows

If you’re using a Windows PC to decompress your Linux distribution, you need to install the application 7-Zip. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to 7Zip.

  2. Download the .exe file.

  3. Run the .exe file to install 7-Zip.

With 7-Zip installed, you’re ready to decompress your .xz file. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the 7-Zip application.

  2. Click the Extract icon.

    The Extract dialog box opens.

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  3. Navigate to the folder where you saved your Linux distribution.

  4. Save the file in your preferred folder, and click OK.

    Your .img file is extracted.

How to decompress your Linux distribution with Mac OS X

If you’re using a Mac to decompress your Linux distribution, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the App Store.

  2. Search for and install the free application The Unarchiver.

  3. Navigate to your Downloads folder.

  4. Double-click your .xz file.

    The decompressing process starts immediately.

How to decompress your Linux distribution with Linux

If you’re using Linux, you don’t need to install a new decompression application because Linux already has built-in software that can decompress .xz files.