.XZ File Extension

XZ Compressed Archive

General Information

Title XZ File Extension
Extension .xz
Full Form XZ Compressed Archive
File Type Compressed File
Developer The Tukaani Project
MIME Type application/x-xz

File Function

Primary Function Data compression
Additional Functions File archiving
Features High compression ratio, Lossless

File Characteristics

Quality High compression
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable No, Extract required

Use Cases

Software Distribution Yes
Archiving Data Yes
Backup Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Compressed malware
Best Practices Scan for viruses, Verify integrity

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2010
Latest Version XZ Utils 5.2.5 (2021)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .tar, .gz, .bz2, .zip

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
7-Zip Free Windows, Linux
XZ Utils Free Unix-like, Windows
WinRAR Free trial Windows, Mac, Linux