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GZIP compressed archive file definition and 2 other types and linked programs information.

 

How to open GZ Files

File extension gz is used by following type(s):

Default file extension for .gz file type:
GZIP compressed archive file
The GZ file extension is used for GNU GZIP compressed archives, a standard archive format used on Unix/Linux based computers.

There are several versions of this format, but the original was based on the DEFLATE algorithm, which is a combination of LZ77 and Huffman coding. It was first introduced in 1993.

MIME: application/x-compressed, application/x-gzip

Programs
that open gz files:
  • 7-zip (Microsoft Windows)
  • 7-zip (Microsoft Windows)
  • ALZip (Microsoft Windows)
  • EZ7z for Mac OS X (Apple OS X)
  • IZArc (Microsoft Windows)
  • PeaZip (multiplatform software)
  • sArchiver (Apple OS X)
  • The Unarchiver (Apple OS X)
  • USB Flash Drive for iOS (iOS)
  • WinRAR (Microsoft Windows)
  • WinZip (Microsoft Windows)
  • Zipeg (Microsoft Windows)
  • Zipeg for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • ZipZag (Microsoft Windows)

GIMP image file
File extension used by GIMP for created graphic images.
Programs
that open gz files:
Blender (Microsoft Windows)
GIMP (multiplatform software)