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

A GNU zipped file is integrated with compression specifications and standards implemented by the GNU ZIP algorithm, and these GNU zipped files are stored in the GZIP format and are affixed with the .gzip extension. These .gzip files may contain one or more files selected by the user for compression using the GNU ZIP algorithm. The resulting GZIP file will be in a smaller size than the actual size of the uncompressed versions of the files stored in the GZIP file. The GNU ZIP algorithm is an open source compression technology, and support for these GZIP compression standards and specifications are mostly integrated in Unix-based systems. There are many Microsoft Windows file compression and decompression tools with support for these GZIP files, which means these programs can be used to create or decompress and access the content stored in these GZIP files. There are also file compression and decompression programs developed for Mac platforms that can be used to decompress these GZIP files. The Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011 is integrated with support for compressing files in the GZIP format as well as for decompressing GZIP files.

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Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011
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Detail gzip file extension information:
File Type: gzip
File Format: Gnu Zipped File
Primary Association: Compressed Files