TAZ File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a TAZ file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .TAZ files.

What is a TAZ file?

A .TAZ file is a Compressed TAR file. A .taz file is a TAR archive file that has been compressed with the Unix "compress" command to reduce its size. .TAZ and .TAR.Z is used interchangeably.

TAR is used first to bundle multiple files into one single file that is easy to distribute, and "compress" is used afterward to reduce the size.

How to open TAZ files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension TAZ for different purposes. We have identified 5 TAZ openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of TAZ file.

Programs that open these files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
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Suggest another file format using extension TAZ

While we know of one file format using the .TAZ 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 .TAZ file.