.LAZ File Extension

Compressed LIDAR Data Exchange File

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What is a LAZ file?

A LAZ file is a compressed .LAS (LIDAR Data Exchange) file. It has been compressed so it can more easily be stored and shared with others. LAZ files are typically less than 20 percent the size of the LAS file from which they were created.

More Information

LAS files contain data about the Earth's surface, recorded using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology. Because these files contain a large amount of data, scientists often find it useful to compress the files for more efficient storage and to make them easier to share with others.

LASzip is a tool scientists can use to compress LAS files. It is included in the LAStools LIDAR data processing toolkit. When a scientist uses LASzip to compress a LAS file, LASzip saves the compressed version of the file as a LAZ file.

How to open a LAZ file

You can decompress a LAZ file with LASzip, a tool included in the LAStools toolkit. LAStools is available for Windows and Linux.

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