.TGZ File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .TGZ extension:

Gzipped Tar File

Gzipped Tar File

A TGZ file is a Unix .TAR archive compressed with Gnu Zip (.GZIP) compression to reduce the file size. It is commonly used on Unix and Linux systems and was originally created as the shorthand version of the compound extension .TAR.GZ.

To decompress a TGZ file and extract the archived files in one step at the Unix command line, type this command:

tar -xzvf filename.tgz

This command decompresses the Gzip file and then extracts the files from the TAR archive.

NOTE: TGZ files are used as install packages for some Linux distributions. Therefore, the ".tar.gz" extension is sometimes used for archives while the ".tgz" extension is used for installers.

Software's name License Platforms
7-Zip 7-Zip Open Source LinuxWindows
Apple Archive Utility Apple Archive Utility Bundled Mac
Corel WinZip Corel WinZip Commercial MacWindows
Corel WinZip Mac Corel WinZip Mac Commercial Mac
File Viewer for Android File Viewer for Android Free+ Android
File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus Free Trial Windows
gunzip gunzip Linux
Incredible Bee Archiver Incredible Bee Archiver Commercial Mac
pkgtool pkgtool Linux
RARLAB WinRAR RARLAB WinRAR Shareware Windows
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe Commercial Windows
Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe Mac Smith Micro Stuffit Deluxe Mac Commercial Mac
tar tar Linux
ZDevs ZArchiver ZDevs ZArchiver Free Android
Zipeg Zipeg Open Source LinuxMacWindows

Updated: February 28, 2019

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