How to open a tar.gz file on Windows

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Download a freeware program called 7-zip. This can open tar.gz files.

If 7-Zip does not launch when you double-click the tar.gz file, ensure that 7-Zip is set to handle these types of files by default.

  • Open up 7-Zip
  • Click Tools → Options
  • Go to the "System" tab
  • Make sure "tar" and "gz" are checked off
  • Click "OK"

Now go back and try to open your tar.gz file. 7-Zip will start up and decompress the archive.

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