.TGZ File Extension

Tarball Gzipped File

General Information

Title TGZ File Extension
Extension .tgz
Full Form Tarball Gzipped File
File Type Compressed Archive
Developer Jean-loup Gailly, Mark Adler
MIME Type application/x-gtar

File Function

Primary Function Archive, compression
Additional Functions File packaging, space saving
Features Lossless, portable

File Characteristics

Quality High compression
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable After extraction

Use Cases

Software Distribution Yes
Backup Yes
File Transfer Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious code
Best Practices Scan for viruses, validate source

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1989
Latest Version Depends on TAR, Gzip versions

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .tar, .gz, .zip

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
GNU Tar Free Unix, Linux, macOS, Windows with Cygwin
7-Zip Free Windows, Linux with p7zip
WinRAR Trialware Windows, macOS, Linux