.BZ2 File Extension

Julian Seward
File Type:
Bzip2 Compressed File

Having trouble opening .bz2 extension? Don't panic! This page explains what bz2 files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open bz2 files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a BZ2 file?

Bz2 file extension has Bzip2 Compressed file type, developed by Julian Seward, which is associated with the "compressed files" category.

An archive created by the Bzip2 program often used on Unix-based systems. Bzip2 relies on the combination of the Burrows-Wheeler algorithm and Run-Length Encoding (RLE). It allows achieving a better level of compression (at the expense of additional time). This application can be found in most Linux software package distributions.


To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

bz2 file icon
Julian Seward
File Type:
Bzip2 Compressed File
Compressed Files

How to open BZ2 file?

Double click the bz2 file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .bz2 extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the bz2 extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the bz2 file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open BZ2 files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the bz2 file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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