How to unzip (open) GZ file in Ubuntu — codementor.tech
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Today, we are going to describe how you can unzip or extract any .GZ file in Ubuntu (Linux) or MacOs.
Gzip is a popular compression algorithm that reduces the size of a file while keeping the original file mode, ownership, and timestamp. This algorithm is often used to compress web elements for faster page loading.
By convention, a file compressed with gzip ends with either .gz or .z.
This article explains how to open (or unzip)
gz File :
On Linux and macOS, you can decompress a
.gz file using the utility. The syntax is as follows:
To keep the compressed file pass the
-k option to the command:
Another command that you can use to decompress a
.gz file is This command is basically an alias to file with
To open a
.gz file with
gunzip simply pass the file name to the command:
If you’re on a desktop environment and the command-line is not your thing, you can use your File manager. To open (unzip) a
.gz file, right-click on the file you want to decompress and select "Extract".
Windows users need to install additional software such as 7zip to open
Extracting tar.gz File :
Gzip algorithm is designed to compress only a single file. Files that end in .tar.gz are .tar archives compressed with gzip.
To extract a tar.gz file , use
tar command with the
-xf options followed by the compressed archive name:
tar -xf archive.tar.gz
The command will auto-detect the compression type and will extract the archive in the current working directory .
To decompress a
.gz file, use the
gunzip command followed by the file name.
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