The File Extensions Database

.BZ2 File Extension

  • Developer by: Julian Seward
  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .BZ2 file?

.BZ2 is Bzip2 Compressed File

Compressed archive created by bzip2, a file compression program often found on Unix-based systems; incorporates the Burrows-Wheeler compression algorithm as well as Run-Length Encoding (RLE) for high levels of compression; often used for Linux software package distributions.

The bzip2 software is available in a source code format on the bzip2 website and can be compiled on Windows systems.

Programs that open Bzip2 Compressed File
File Viewer Plus
Corel WinZip 23
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
WinRAR 5
Apple Archive Utility
Corel WinZip Mac 6.5
Incredible Bee Archiver
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver
File Viewer for Android

How to solve problems with BZ2 files

  • Associate the BZ2 file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BZ2 file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BZ2 files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BZ2 file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .BZ2 is Bzip2 Compressed File. Because only the current version supports the latest BZ2 file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Julian Seward manufacturer website after an available .BZ2 is Bzip2 Compressed File update.
  • To make sure that your BZ2 file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.