XZ File Type

- The quick facts

What are XZ files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XZ 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 an XZ file?

An .XZ file is an XZ compressed file.

The .xz file extension is used for LZMA2 compressed files. It is the same compression algorithm used in 7Z files used by 7-Zip. However, XZ files are single compressed files, as the XZ file format does not support archiving (bundling of multiple files into one). In that regard, it is similar to BZIP2 or Z files, but XZ offers a better compression ratio.

How to open XZ files

We have identified 4 XZ openers that are compatible with this specific type of XZ file.

Programs that open XZ compressed files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified

Last updated: January 5, 2022

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