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What is an XZ file extension?

The XZ format is a single-file compression format and does not offer archiving capabilities. Based on the LZMA2 algorithm, the XZ format offers lossless compression which means it preserves the original data with no loss in quality, making it ideal for distributing things like software applications. XZ compression is slower than some other methods, but decompression is relatively fast. To open XZ files with WinZip, follow the steps below.

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How to open XZ files

  1. Save the .xz file to the desktop. If your compressed file was downloaded from a website, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.
  2. Launch WinZip from your start menu or Desktop shortcut. Open the compressed file by clicking File > Open. If your system has the compressed file extension associated with WinZip program, just double-click on the file.
  3. Select all the files and folders inside the compressed file. Or multi-select only the files or folders you want to open by holding the CTRL key and left-clicking on them.
  4. Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
  5. Choose the destination folder to place the extracting files and click "Unzip" button.
  6. Find your extracted files in the destination folder.

Open XZ files on Windows or Mac

  • WinZip 20
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer 8 or later
  • WinZip Mac 4
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
  • Intel 64-bit processor
  • Supports Apple Retina Displays

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