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format file bz2

What is a bz2 file and how do I open a bz2 file?

BZ2 is a compressed archive file created by bzip2, a file compression program often found on Unix-based systems. It incorporates the Burrows-Wheeler compression algorithm as well as Run-Length Encoding for high levels of compression. It is often used for Linux software package distributions. BZIP2 performance is asymmetric, as decompression is relatively fast. Inspired by the large CPU time required for compression, a modified version was created in 2003 called PBZIP2 that supported multi-threading, providing almost linear speed improvements to multi-CPU as well as multi-core computers.

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Detail bz2 file extension information:
File Type: bz2
File Format: Bzip2 Compressed File
Primary Association: Compressed Files
Mime Type: application/bzip2, application/octet-stream, application/x-bz2, application/x-bzip, application/x-compressed, application/x-stuffit