What is a TGZ file extension?
A TGZ file is a TAR Archive file that has been compressed using Gnu Zip (gzip) software. Commonly used on UNIX and Linux systems, TAR archives bundle a collection of files into a single file for easier distribution or backup. Once the TAR archive is created, gzip software is used to compress it to save hard disk space or reduce bandwidth requirements when sending by email or uploading/downloading these files online. The result of this process is a .TGZ file. If you need to know how to unzip tgz files, then read on to find out.
How to open TGZ files
- Save the .tgz 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
- Choose the destination folder to place the extracting files and click "Unzip" button.
- Find your extracted files in the destination folder.
Extract TGZ files on Windows or Mac
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Internet Explorer 8 or later
WinZip Mac 9
- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
- Intel 64-bit processor
- Supports Apple Retina Displays
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