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.BZ2 File Extension

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File TypeBzip2 Compressed File

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CategoryCompressed Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


Compressed archive created by bzip2, a file compression program often found on Unix-based systems; incorporates the Burrows-Wheeler compression algorithm as well as Run-Length Encoding (RLE) for high levels of compression; often used for Linux software package distributions.

More Information

The bzip2 software is available in a source code format on the bzip2 website and can be compiled on Windows systems.

Program(s) that open .BZ2 files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Corel WinZip 18.5
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
WinRAR 5
Mac OS X LogoMac
Apple Archive Utility
Corel WinZip Mac 4
Incredible Bee Archiver
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver
Linux LogoLinux
Updated 9/9/2015