File Extension TGZ

  • Full name
    Gzip Compressed TAR Archive
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Have you encountered a problem with a TGZ file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a TGZ file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your TGZ file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


TGZ is the file extension for a so-called tarball archive, which was compressed with gzip. Gzip stands for GNU zip, which is a free compression method based on the Deflate algorithm. Since Gzip archives can only contain a single file, the files to be archived are first combined with tar to form a tarball and then packed with gzip. These files have either the double ending .Tar.Gz or simply .Tgz.

TGZ archives can be unpacked by just about any packer, be it Linux, Windows or Mac

Programs which can open a TGZ file

How to open a TGZ file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the TGZ file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a TGZ file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support TGZ files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a TGZ file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all TGZ files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with TGZ there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the TGZ file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the TGZ file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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