TGZ File Type

- The quick facts

What are TGZ files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a TGZ 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 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

We have identified 6 TGZ openers that are compatible with this specific type of TGZ file.

Programs that open GZipped TAR files

Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderVerified

Last updated: March 17, 2022

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