Open TGZ File – What is and How to View – Format and Programs

Files type: Gzipped Tar


These are compressed archive files which are produced as a result of compressing the UNIX .TAR files by using the Gnu Zip (.GZIP) compression algorithm.

The TAR archive file archives multiple files into a single one and the Gzip compression algorithm compresses the contents of the file and reduces the overall size of the file. In order to decompress these files from a UNIX terminal command line you can do the following:

First type ‘gunzip filename.tar.gz’ and then press enter; this command would decompress the archive files and get the .TAR file.

Then type ‘tar -xf packed_files.tar’ and press enter; this command will decode the TAR archive file and will list all the files that were in the archive.


Detailed information 


Here are some programs you can use to view this format.


Category: Data Files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Zipeg, 7-Zip, WinACE, PicoZIP, WinZip, ALTools AlZip, Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe, WinRAR
Open with Linux: Gunzip, Tar