Opening TGZ files

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

What is a TGZ file?

Files that contain the .tgz file extension are TAR archive files that have been compressed using the Gnu Zip file compression software.When a user has a large volume of files that they want to compile into a single file archive, they can do so using the TAR file archive format. However, the TAR format does not compress the files in its file archive.

To compress a TAR file the user must also use a file compression utility. When a user uses the Gnu Zip file compression software to do this, the compressed TAR file is saved with the .tgz file extension. This reduces the file size of the archive file, thereby saving disk space and making the file easier to distribute or download.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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