A z file extension is related to the Unix compressed archive file format.

There are 3 other file types using
the Z file extension!

empty icon.z - Star Wars The Force Unleashed XML file

empty icon.z - InstallShield archive file

empty icon.z - Zero Compiler header file

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Software that works with z file extension

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Z file extension - Unix compressed archive

What is z file? How to open z files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

z file icon: z filetype icon

The z file extension is used for compressed archived created in Unix environment.

Unix archives with z file suffix are used GNUzip compression format.

MIME types:

The default software associated to z file type:

7-zip icon

Igor Pavlov logo 7-zip  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Igor Pavlov

7-Zip is a free file archiver developed by Igor Pavlov featuring higher compression ratios with LZMA and LZMA2 compression. It is mainly available for Windows platform (for Mac and Linux are available command line tools) and is the primary program to handle 7z archives. However, also supports various compression file formats.

TAR icon

TAR  Linux/Unix software

TAR (Tape Archiver) file archiver is popular archiving utility on Unix and Unix based operating systems. It is used only to archive more files in to one, but it is not able to compress them. To compress TAR archive are used external compression utilities, such as gzip, bzip2, xz, lzip, lzma.

Help how to open Z files:

Use WinRAR or 7-Zip to open and extract the *.z files.

How to convert file with extension Z:

Uncompress Z archive and compress to another format (.ZIP,.RAR etc.)

Find conversions from z file:

z to 7z

z to 7zip

z to rar

Find converter to z file type:

gz to z

zip to z

List of software applications associated to the .z file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open z file, edit z file, convert z file, view z file, play z 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 of the z files.

  • Open z file
  • View z file
  • Create z file
  • Extract z file

Software that open z file - Unix compressed archive

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open z file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with z file by default:
7-zip small icon 7-zip
Other suggested software:
ALZip small icon ALZip
IZArc small icon IZArc
WinZip small icon WinZip
PKZIP for Windows
WinRAR small icon WinRAR
Zipeg small icon Zipeg
Stuffit small icon Stuffit
StuffIt Deluxe small icon StuffIt Deluxe


TAR small icon TAR

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