GZ File Extension

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Gnu Zipped Archive
  • Developer
    The GNU Project
  • Popularity
    3.3 (6 votes)

What is GZ file?

A GZ file is an archive compressed using the GNU zip (gzip) tool. The format was developed be a team of the Gnu project, which aim was to create a new, better compression in UNIX system. GZ files include helpful information – file name and time marker – which may be useful , for instance if name of a file gets reduces in the process of compression.

Where is GZ compression used?

Files in the GZ format are usually encountered in installers of software used in Unix operating systems. Besides installers, the GZ format is also quite often used for compression of specific fragments of web sites, which facilitates loading of web sites. Nonetheless, this compression method is used also for regular data archiving, therefore the GZ files can be encountered also by Windows or Linux users.

Details about GZ compression

The GZ compression method is quite specific and restricted in a certain way, because the archive may include only single file. A method to bypass this limitation is to compress multiple files using the TAR archiving tool. It will result in creating a file with TAR.GZ or TGZ extension.

Conversion of a GZ file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the GZ extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of GZ file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from GZ extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to GZ file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the GZ file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the GZ file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the GZ file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the GZ file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the GZ file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the GZ file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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