A bz2 file extension is related to the cross platform bzip2 compressed file archive format, released in 1996.

There are 2 other file types using
the BZ2 file extension!

empty icon.bz2 - Direct Connect compressed hub list

empty icon.bz2 - ZPoc user file list

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Software that open bz2 file

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BZ2 file extension - bzip2 compressed file archive

What is bz2 file? How to open bz2 files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

bz2 file icon: bz2 filetype icon

The bz2 file extension is related to bzip2, a  freely available, patent free,  high-quality data compressor.

It typically compresses files to within 10% to 15% of the best available techniques (the PPM family of statistical compressors), whilst being around twice as fast at compression and six times faster at decompression.

The bz2 file is archive created with the program.

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The default software associated to open bz2 file:

Julian Seward logobzip2  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Julian Seward

bzip2 is free Terminal data compressor for Linux/Unix based operating systems.

Help how to open:

Most current archivers, such as WinRAR or Z-zip support BZ2 format.

How to convert:

You can repack *.bz2 files to different format like RAR.

Find conversions from bz2 file:

bz2 to bin

bz2 to zip

Find converter to bz2 file type:

bin to bz2

File identification strings:

HEX code: 42 5A 68
ASCII code: BZh

List of software applications associated to the .bz2 file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open bz2 file, edit bz2 file, convert bz2 file, view bz2 file, play bz2 file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting bz2 files.

Software that open bz2 file - bzip2 compressed file archive

Programs supporting the exension bz2 on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open bz2 file action.

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Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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