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BZ2 File Format

Bzip compressed file (Unix) (replaces Bz)

BZ2 is a compressed file format used by Bzip 2. Bzip 2 is an open and free compression program created by Julian Seward. BZ2 files use Burrows-Wheeler compression algorithm combined with Run-Length Encoding (RLE) for maximum compression. BZ2 files can be decompressed with most decompression software. Often replaces .BZ files.

MIME: application/bzip2, application/octet-stream, application/x-bz2, application/x-bzip, application/x-compressed, application/x-stuffit

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This was last updated in July 2010
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