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What is a TAR.GZ file extension?

A .tar.gz file is achieved by archiving files into a TAR file and then compress it with GNU zip utility. This file type is commonly used for delivering package files or program installers on UNIX based operating systems. A .tgz file also represents .tar.gz file on MS-DOS platform, because of the limitation of MS-DOS inability to recognize a file type with two dots. As it requires two different archiving methods to create a .tar.gz file, you will need to decompress and extract the files subsequently with a TAR utility. Simply, try WinZip and follow the instructions below.

How to open TAR.GZ files

  1. Download and save the TAR.GZ 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 TAR.GZ files in and click the "Unzip" button.
  6. Find your extracted files in your chosen destination folder.

Unzip TAR.GZ 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 opens and extracts Compressed TAR.GZ Files—and many more formats

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

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

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