BZ2 File Type

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What are BZ2 files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BZ2 file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a BZ2 file?

A .BZ2 file is a BZIP2 Compressed Archive file.

Files with the .bz2 file extension are compressed files that have been created by the Bzip2 file compression software. Bzip2 can be used to take large files and compress them into a smaller size for easier storage and distribution. The Bzip2 compression utility is usually found on Unix systems. It combines Run-Length Encoding and the Burrows-Wheeler compression algorithm to significantly reduce the size of a file.

Unlike many file compression utilities, Bzip2 cannot archive files. This means that only one file can be contained within each .bz2 file. If a user wants to compress multiple files into a single file archive, the Bzip2 application must be used along with another utility that is used for file archiving purposes, such as BitZipper.

How to open BZ2 files

We have identified 5 BZ2 openers that are compatible with this specific type of BZ2 file.

Programs that open BZIP2 Compressed Archive files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderVerified

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension BZ2

While we know of one file format using the .BZ2 file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .BZ2 file.