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TGZ File Extension

Gzipped Tar Format

What is TGZ file?

TGZ is an archive format used by GNUzip (Gzip) tool. This format is in no way related to Windows zip format. TGZ files store TAR archives. TGZ extension is equivalent to TAR.GZ extension and such files are essentially the same. TGZ uses deflate compression algorithm.

GNUzip history

GNUzip originated on Unix systems. It was designed to replace the older compress archiving format. TAR.GZ extension is more popular on Unix-like platforms, while TGZ extension on Windows platforms. Gzip was created as a replacement to compress and other patent-encumbered compression algorithms used at that time. Unix installation packages are compressed using GNUzip. Gzip archives are commonly referred to as “tarballs” in the IT circles.

Programs which support TGZ file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with TGZ files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with TGZ suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Updated: 05/21/2023

How to open file with TGZ extension?

Problems with accessing TGZ may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Gzipped Tar Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the StuffIt Deluxe

Install software to open TGZ file Problems with opening and working with TGZ files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with TGZ files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select StuffIt Deluxe or one of the recommended programs (for example, WinZip, 7-Zip, WinRAR) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support TGZ files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download StuffIt Deluxe installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Smith Micro Software, Inc. website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update StuffIt Deluxe to the latest version

Update software that support file extension TGZIf the problems with opening TGZ files still occur even after installing StuffIt Deluxe, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of StuffIt Deluxe is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that StuffIt Deluxe cannot handle files with TGZ may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using StuffIt Deluxe.

Step 3. Associate Gzipped Tar Format files with StuffIt Deluxe

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate TGZ files with latest version of StuffIt Deluxe you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with TGZ file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the TGZ file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the StuffIt Deluxe installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open TGZ files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with TGZ file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the TGZ file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select StuffIt Deluxe and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with TGZ extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the TGZ file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper TGZ file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check TGZ file for viruses
1. Check the TGZ file for viruses or malware

If the TGZ is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. TGZ file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the TGZ file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the TGZ file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with TGZ extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open StuffIt Deluxe

If the systems has insufficient resources to open TGZ files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Gzipped Tar Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle TGZ files.

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