Files with gz extension are archives saved in the GZIP (GNU ZIP) compression archive format.

There is one other file type using
the GZ file extension!

empty icon.gz - GIMP image file

Detailed description

Software that open gz file

Add comment

GZ file extension - GZIP compressed archive

What is gz file? How to open gz files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

gz file icon: gz filetype icon

File extension gz is used for GNU GZIP compressed archives, a standard archive format used on Unix/Linux based computers.

There are several versions of this format, but the original was based on the DEFLATE algorithm, which is a combination of LZ77 and Huffman coding. It was first introduced in 1993.

MIME types:

Updated: April 6, 2024

The default software associated to open gz file:

Gzip icon

Gzip  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Jean-loup Gailly

Gzip is compression utility popular on Unix and Unix-like operating systems. gzip is short for GNU zip.

Help how to open:

Nowadays most modern compression utilities are able to open and extract *.gz files.

How to convert:

The easiest way how to convert *.gz files is to extract them and compress them again to another format such as RAR.

Find conversions from gz file:

gz to img

gz to iso

gz to jpeg

gz to pdf

gz to xcf

gz to z

gz to zip

Find converter to gz file type:

bin to gz

iso to gz

rar to gz

tar to gz

xjt to gz

z to gz

zip to gz

List of software applications associated to the .gz 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 gz file, edit gz file, convert gz file, view gz file, play gz file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in'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 gz files.

Software that open gz file - GZIP compressed archive

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


Google Android:

Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile:

Previous file extension
GXX file extension > Archive and compressed file types

Next file extension
file extension GZA


Enter any file extension without dot (e.g. pdf)
Search for file extension details and associated application(s)

RSS feed