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Type: Compressed File
Extension: *.bz2

bzip2 is an open-source patent-free compressed file format created by Julian Seward. It uses the Burrows–Wheeler algorithm and works only on a single file rather than a collection of files. When it is desired to use bzip2 to compress a collection of files, they are usually first combined in a tarball (TAR) file and then compressed, leading to the common *.tar.bz2 extension. This format is popular among UNIX and LINUX users.


  • - A free archive program. Also works with ZIP, 7Z, and many other formats.

Reason For Inclusion

Audio rips and software downloads in the VGMPF from a UNIX-like operating system use this format.