.GZ File Extension

Gzip Compressed Archive

You must first decompress GZ files then expand them. GZ files contain compressed archives created with the GNU zip algorithm. This format replaces UNIX compression formats. WinZip opens GZ files on Wi...

General Information

Title GZ File Extension
Extension .gz
Full Form Gzip Compressed Archive
File Type Compressed File
Developer Jean-loup Gailly, Mark Adler
MIME Type application/x-gzip

File Function

Primary Function Data compression
Additional Functions Reduce size, Concatenation
Features Lossless, Supports concatenation

File Characteristics

Quality N/A
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable No

Use Cases

File Transfer Yes
Data Storage Yes
Software Distribution Yes
Backup Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious code
Best Practices File verification, Secure decompression

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1992
Latest Version Gzip 1.10 (2019)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .tar, .zip, .rar, .bz2

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
GNU Gzip Free Cross-platform
7-Zip Free Windows, Linux
WinRAR Free trial Windows, Mac, Linux
File Roller Free Linux