What is a .TGZ File And How To Open It (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .tgz extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .tgz file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .TGZ file?

The .TGZ file extension comes from Gzipped Tar File. The file is a compressed file.

What to know

There are currently 9 software that can open the .tgz file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .TGZ file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .TGZ file on various operating systems.

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

To open the .tgz file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the 7-Zip software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe, RARLAB WinRAR, Corel WinZip, 7-Zip and Zipeg software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .TGZ file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 7-Zip software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .TGZ file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .tgz file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Corel WinZip Mac software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Archive Utility, Corel WinZip Mac, Incredible Bee Archiver and Zipeg.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .TGZ 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .TGZ file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .tgz file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .TGZ file in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the ZDevs ZArchiver software and install it. The other software that opens the .tgz file on Android is ZDevs ZArchiver. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .TGZ file?

If you cannot open the .TGZ file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .TGZ file.th – Therion, .tha – Microsoft, .the – Microsoft, .theater – Apple, .theme – Microsoft. 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 .TGZ file with the 7-Zip, Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe, RARLAB WinRAR, Corel WinZip, Zipeg programs on Windows, Corel WinZip Mac, Apple Archive Utility, Incredible Bee Archiver, Zipeg programs on Mac and ZDevs ZArchiver software on Android.