File Extension Library

.Z File Extension

  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .Z file?

.Z file extension has been classified as Compressed Files. The format of .Z file is Binary

.Z is Unix Compressed File

Compressed file used to store, or "pack," files on Unix-based machines; incorporates a simple compression algorithm that is used to archive files and save disk space; can be decompressed on a Unix system by typing uncompress filename.z, where "filename.z" is the name of the file to decompress.

Z files have mostly been replaced by GNUzip compression, which creates .GZ files. Unix users can use the znew utility to recompress Z files to GZ files.

List of all softwares that can open the Unix Compressed File
File Viewer Plus
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Corel WinZip 23
WinRAR 5
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
The Unarchiver
Archive Manager
File Viewer for Android

How to Open .Z file on different platforms

Open .Z File on Windows

  • Right-click a .Z
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .Z file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .Z files" Press "Ok"

Open .Z File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .Z file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .Z File on Linux

Right click on the .Z file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .Z File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .Z file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .Z File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .Z files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .Z files

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