TGZ File - opening and understanding

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

What is a TGZ file?

A .TGZ file is a GZipped TAR 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 archive file's size, thereby saving disk space and making it easier to distribute or download.

How to open TGZ 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 TGZ for different purposes. We have identified 5 TGZ openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of TGZ file.

Programs that open these files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
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Suggest another file format using extension TGZ

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