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XZ file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .xz file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .xz file?
  • What program do I need to open a .xz file?
  • How can the .xz file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .xz files to another format?

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1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

✅ XZ Compressed File

XZ file is an XZ Compressed File. The XZ file format is a container format for LZMA2 compressed streams. There are no archiving capabilities, that is, the .xz format can hold only a single file just like the .gz and .bz2 file formats used by gzip and bzip2, respectively.
Category: Archive files
Application: XZ Utils
Mime-type: application/x-xz
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
XZ aliases:
XZ related links:
XZ related extensions:
Gzip Compressed File

BZip2 Compressed Data

XZ Compressed Tar Archive

Other types of files may also use the .xz file extension.

🚫 The .xz file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

az, cz, dz, sz, xa, xs, xx, zx, zz

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

Xxencoded Data
Ski Stunt Simulator Animation
Hummingbird Exceed Startup File
Czech Language Info File
KGB ZX Spectrum Emulator Snapshot
Dzip Archive
Zzip Compressed Archive
Gear CD-ROM XA Image
WinAMP Skin
Chiron NRG Exported Dictionary

🔴 Can't open a .xz file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .xz file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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