What is a .XZ File And How To Open It – Tukaani (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .xz extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .xz file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .XZ file?

The .XZ file extension is from XZ Compressed Archive. This file extension was developed by Tukaani. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a compressed file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .xz file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .XZ file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the ExtractNow software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: 7-Zip, RARLAB WinRAR and ExtractNow.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XZ file

2. The second step is locating 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the ExtractNow software that 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 .XZ file on Mac

To open the .xz file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Zip File Unarchiver software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Apple Archive Utility, Corel WinZip Mac, The Unarchiver, Keka and Zip File Unarchiver.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XZ file

2. The second step is locating 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Zip File Unarchiver software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .XZ file?

If you cannot open the .XZ file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .XZ file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xzfx – ZipLogix, .xzm – Porteus Team, .y – Stephen C. Johnson, .y3a – Konami, .y3d – Konami. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .XZ file with the ExtractNow, 7-Zip, RARLAB WinRAR programs on Windows and Zip File Unarchiver, Apple Archive Utility, Corel WinZip Mac, The Unarchiver, Keka programs on Mac.