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What is a BZ2 file extension?

BZ2 is a file extension used for containing files compressed with BZIP2 open source compression method. Mostly used on UNIX or Linux systems, this file format is only capable of containing a single file. Therefore, it’s not possible to archive multiple files directly in a BZ2 file but you can archive multiple files into a single file with a different compression software and then apply BZIP2 compression. TAR utility is the most popular tool to archive bz2 file format on UNIX/Linux. You can easily decompress bz2 files with WinZip. Check out our tutorial below!

How to open BZ2 files

  1. Download and save the BZ2 file to your computer. If your compressed file was downloaded from the internet, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.
  2. Launch WinZip and open the compressed file by clicking File > Open. If your system has the compressed file extension associated with WinZip program, just double-click on the file.
  3. Select all of the files in the compressed folder or select only the files you want to extract by holding the CTRL key and left-clicking on them.
  4. Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
  5. Select a destination folder to place the extracted BZ2 files in and click the "Unzip" button.
  6. Find your extracted files in your chosen destination folder.

Unzip BZ2 file format on Windows or Mac

  • WinZip
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer 8 or later
  • WinZip Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
  • Intel 64-bit processor
  • Supports Apple Retina Displays
Winzip BZ2 extractor

WinZip opens and extracts Compressed BZ2 Files—and many more formats

We created WinZip to open and extract BZ2 file format, and many more, including all of the following:

  • TAR
  • GZ, TAZ, and TGZ
  • TZ and Z
  • UUencoded
  • XXencoded
  • MIME
  • BinHex
  • Zipx
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