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format file tgz

What is a tgz file and how do I open a tgz file?

A TGZ extension is attached to a GZIP Compressed Tar Archive file. These files have been compressed with Gnu Zip software which can compile a single reduced size archive of a large volume of files. Compressed files created by the UNIX file archive and compressed using the GNU Zip compression are .GZ files. First, the TAR archive is used for bundling files together and then later on, a Gzip compression is used to reduce these files to the right size that don’t take up a lot of hard disk space. Now, these reduced files are attached with the file extension .GZ. .GZ files are actually short for .TAR.GZ., wherein UNIX and Linux systems are mostly the ones using these files. .GZ files are able to be decompressed and extracted to archived files through a single step through the UNIX command line “tar -xzvf filename.tgz”. This is the specific command that’s used to decompress .GZ files while simultaneously extracting them from the TAR archive. Some Linux distributions use the .GZ files for installation packages, so, while the ".tar.gz" extension is used for archives, .GZ files, conversely are used for installers.

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Detail tgz file extension information:
File Type: tgz
File Format: Gzipped Tar File
Primary Association: Archive Files
Mime Type: application/x-compressed, application/x-tar