Having problems opening a gz file?

Find out what programs can help open, view, play or convert your gz files.

Opening gz files
Gnu Zipped Archive

Did your computer fail to open a gz file? We explain what gz files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your gz files.

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What is gz file?

Archive file compressed by the standard GNU zip (gzip) compression algorithm; contains a compressed collection of one or more files; 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.

Software that will open, convert or fix gz files

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