What is a .GZ File And How To Open It – The GNU Project (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .gz extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .gz file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .GZ file?

The .GZ file extension comes from Gnu Zipped Archive. The creator of this file extension is The GNU Project. The file has the binary format, and it is a compressed file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .gz file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .GZ file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .GZ file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .GZ file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .gz file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the PeaZip software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe, Corel WinZip, RARLAB WinRAR, 7-Zip and PeaZip.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .GZ file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the PeaZip software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .GZ file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .gz file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Corel WinZip Mac software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Corel WinZip Mac, Incredible Bee Archiver and Apple Archive Utility software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .GZ file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Corel WinZip Mac software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .GZ file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .gz file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the PeaZip software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use PeaZip software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .GZ file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the PeaZip software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .GZ file?

If you are still unable to open the .GZ file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .GZ file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .gz2 – Misnamed BZ2 File, .gza – IZArc BGA Archive File, .gzi – Unix Gzip File, .gzip – Gnu Zipped File, .gzquar – Bitdefender. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .GZ file with the PeaZip, Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe, Corel WinZip, RARLAB WinRAR, 7-Zip programs on Windows, Corel WinZip Mac, Incredible Bee Archiver, Apple Archive Utility programs on Mac and PeaZip software on Linux.