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How to Use Bzip2

Don't get stuck on ZIP files. Free up space on your computer and compress files using Bzip2.


  • Step 1: Download Bzip2 Download the latest version of Bzip2. If you have a Unix-Linux system, Bzip2 is probably already installed.
  • Step 2: Run command prompt Open the command prompt on your machine. For Windows, go to Start, Run, and type cmd, and then click OK. On a Mac, go to Utilities in the Applications folder, and open Terminal.
  • Step 3: Compress a file Compress a file by typing bzip2, followed by the file name. Hit enter, and Bzip2 will compress the file.
  • Step 4: Decompress a file Decompress a file by typing bunzip2 followed by the file name. Hit enter, and Bzip2 decompresses the file.
  • TIP: Download a graphic user interface, or GUI, version of Bzip2 from the internet.
  • Step 5: Add a flag Add a flag to the command. Bzip2 uses flags to change details about the compression. Consult the Bzip2 manual available online or in the download to choose a flag that fits your project.
  • FACT: Did you know? During the 1970s, companies leased space on computer storage systems, paying as much as $7.81 a megabyte.

You Will Need

  • A computer with internet access
  • Bzip2
  • The GUI version of Bzip2 (optional)

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