Open/Extract tgz/tar.gz/tpz File with Freeware on Windows/Mac/Linux

tar.gztgz is short for tar.gz. tpz is one more variant of tgz. They are same file format, sometimes also called a tarball. tar.gz is a gzip compressed tar Archive file. The file uses a tar archive to bundle the files together and gzip compression to reduce the file size; commonly used on Unix and Linux systems. TGZ files are used as install packages for some Linux distributions. Therefore, the ".tar.gz" extension is sometimes used for archives while the ".tgz" extension is used for installers.

MIME: application/x-compressed, application/x-tar, application/gnutar

gzip (GNU zip) is a compression utility designed to be a replacement for compress. Its main advantages over compress are much better compression and freedom from patented algorithms. It has been adopted by the GNU project and is now relatively popular on the Internet. gzip was written by Jean-loup Gailly (, and Mark Adler for the decompression code.

gzip is based on the DEFLATE algorithm, which is a combination of LZ77 and Huffman coding. DEFLATE was intended as a replacement for LZW and other patent-encumbered data compression algorithms which, at the time, limited the usability of compress and other popular archivers.

A tar file is an archive file that contains one or more files inside. This is often done to ease distribution of a large set of files over the Internet. A tar file is not a compressed file, it is simply a format used for archiving files (merging several files into one). On Unix and Linux archiving and compression are normally done by two separate utilities. A tar file is simply an archive, no compression techniques are used to reduce the size of the file. If the archive needs to be compressed then additional tools must be used. On Unix and Linux, other tools such as GZIP or BZIP2 can be used to compress the archive. This will create a file such as sample.tar.gz, sample.tgz or sample.tbz.

Open/Extract tgz/tar.gz/tpz File on Windows

Easy 7-Zip opens/extracts tgz/tar.gz/tpz file easily on Windows. The Easy 7-Zip was developed based on 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a famous open source file archiver. The Easy 7-Zip is an easy-to-use version of 7-Zip. The open source freeware keeps all features of 7-Zip and adds a few useful features that makes the software more user-friendly.

Easy 7-Zip works on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/2008/2003/XP/2000 (both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible).

  1. Free Download Easy 7-Zip
  2. Install Easy 7-Zip by step-by-step instructions
  3. The installation will associate tgz/tar.gz/tpz with Easy 7-Zip automatically
  4. Double-click on tgz/tar.gz/tpz file to open tgz/tar.gz/tpz file with Easy 7-Zip

  5. Easy 7-Zip
    You will see files or folders within the tgz/tar.gz/tpz file then, click button Extract to extract the tgz/tar.gz/tpz file.

  6. Alternatively, Right-click on tgz/tar.gz/tpz file on Windows Explorer

  7. And then, choose Extract files..., Extract Here, or Extract to "folder\" to extract the tgz/tar.gz/tpz file.

  8. Done

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You can try other alternative freeware that opens/extracts tgz/tar.gz/tpz file on Windows. For example:

  • PeaZip
  • TUGZip
  • B1 Free Archiver
  • IZArc
  • Zipeg

Open/Extract tgz/tar.gz/tpz File on Mac

B1 Free Archiver opens/extracts tgz/tar.gz/tpz file on Mac. B1 Free Archiver is a free software for creating archive folder and extracting archive file. B1 Archiver works on all platforms - Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. The freeware supports most popular formats including tgz/tar.gz/tpz.

B1 Free Archiver is compatible with:

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Alternative freeware that opens/extracts tgz/tar.gz/tpz file on Mac.

  • Apple Archive Utility
  • Keka
  • GUI Tar
  • The Unarchiver

Open/Extract tgz/tar.gz/tpz File on Linux

You need to use command tar. Tar is a program for packaging a set of files as a single archive in tar format. The function it performs is conceptually similar to cpio, and to things like PKZIP in the DOS world. It is heavily used by the Debian package management system, and is useful for performing system backups and exchanging sets of files with others.

To extract/unpack a tgz/tar.gz/tpz file, type:

$ tar -xzvf sample.tgz
$ tar -xzvf sample.tar.gz
$ tar -xzvf sample.tpz

tar command options:

  • -x: extract files from an archive
  • -z: uncompress the archive with gzip command
  • -v: verbosely list files processed
  • -f: use archive file



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