Open GZ file

The most commonly used .gz file type: GZIP compressed archive

What is gz file? Understanding and opening gz files

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.gz file type #1: GZIP compressed archive

Files with gz extension are archives saved in the GZIP (GNU ZIP) compression archive format.

Further details

File extension gz is used for GNU GZIP compressed archives, a standard archive format used on Unix/Linux based computers.

There are several versions of this format, but the original was based on the DEFLATE algorithm, which is a combination of LZ77 and Huffman coding. It was first introduced in 1993.

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A file compression utility for Unix

.gz file type #2: GIMP image file

Files with gz extension are associated with GIMP software and they store graphics data.

Further details

The gz file extension is used by GIMP (GNU Image Manipilation Program) for created graphic images and projects. It is a freeware software that use this gz file extension to store created graphics files. 

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A free graphics and photo editor and authoring tool

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GIMP for Linux

GNU Image Manipulation Program

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GIMP for Mac

Mac version of the popular graphics editor

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Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the computer file name, so for example document-name.pdf has file extension „pdf“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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