File Extension Library

.GZ File Extension

  • Developer by: The GNU Project
  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Binary

What are .GZ files and how to open them?

Can't open .GZ file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .GZ file.

What is a .GZ file extension?

.GZ file extension is created by The GNU Project. .GZ has been classified as Compressed Files. The format of .GZ file is Binary.

.GZ is Gnu Zipped Archive

A GZ file is an archive file compressed by the standard GNU zip (gzip) compression algorithm. It contains a compressed collection of one or more files and is commonly used on Unix operating systems for file compression.

Gzip is standardly installed on most Unix operating systems and is recognized by most file decompression utilities for Mac, Windows, and Unix. Gzip compression, while similar to .ZIP files, should not be confused with ZIP compression.

NOTE: Files with the extension ".tar.gz" or ".tgz" are known as a "tarballs," which are are .TAR files compressed with Gzip compression. These files must first be decompressed, then expanded using a TAR utility. They are commonly found on Unix systems.

List of all softwares that can open the Gnu Zipped Archive
File Viewer Plus
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Corel WinZip 23
WinRAR 5
E-merge WinAce
Acubix PicoZip
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
Apple Archive Utility
File Viewer for Android

How to fix problems with .GZ files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .GZ files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .GZ file format
  2. You need to check the .GZ file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)