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.gz file extension

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Unix compressed file. File format is also found on Windows systems, but less frequently. On Unix use gunzip to decompress.

For more information see:

  • www.gzip.org - Gzip home page, includes download for gzip (free) which will decompress .gz files for a range of different operating systems. Gzip can also be used to create .gz compressed files. (Superseded by www.info-zip.org.)
  • www.gzip.org/zlib/rfc-gzip.html - GZip file format specification.
  • www.info-zip.org - Download for UnZip and Zip, free utilities for unzipping (or zipping .gz files). Provides free Zip and un-zip utilities for a range of different operating systems, and links to further information and other zip related sites.

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