|Internet media type||
|Uniform Type Identifier (UTI)||org.tukaani.xz-archive|
|Magic number||0xFD, '7', 'z', 'X', 'Z', 0x00|
|Developed by||The Tukaani Project|
(27 August 2009)
|Developer(s)||The Tukaani Project|
|Stable release||5.2.2 / 29 September 2015|
|License||Public domain with some portions under LGPL|
Since it shares the same compression formats, one can think of xz as similar to the 7-Zip program known mostly on Windows. xz has its own file format rather than the
.7z format used by 7-Zip; notably,
.7z lacks support for Unix-like file system metadata.
xz compresses/decompresses single files as input, and does not bundle multiple files into a single archive. It is therefore common to compress a file that is itself an archive, such as those created by the tar or cpio Unix programs.
Although the original 7-Zip program, which implements LZMA2 compression, is able to produce small files at the cost of speed, it also created its own unique archive format which was made primarily for Windows and did not support Unix functionality.
An implementation of the xz file format is freely available online as XZ Utils. It is licensed under the terms of the GNU LGPL and GNU GPL, with the bulk of the software (e.g., liblzma) in the public domain. Starting from 5.20, the command-line program
xz supports multi-threaded operations which was only available in a fork called
pxz previously. Version 1.22 of GNU tar supports using this software to handle xz files transparently. FreeBSD tar has supported xz transparently since r191190 (released on April 17, 2009).
xz has gained notability for compressing packages in the GNU coreutils project, Debian family of systems deb (file format), openSUSE, Fedora, Arch Linux, Slackware, FreeBSD, Gentoo, GNOME, and TeX Live, as well as being an option to compress a compiled Linux kernel. In March 2013, kernel.org announced the use of xz as the default compressed file format for distributing kernel archive files.
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