compress (Unix)

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File Format
Name compress (Unix)
Ontology
Extension(s) .Z
MIME Type(s) application/x-compress
Wikidata ID Q29209269
Released ~1984
This article is about a specific file format. For compression in general, see Compression.

compress is a Unix command line utility, and a general-purpose compressed file format. Its compression algorithm is based on LZW.

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The conventional filename extension is a capitalized .Z.

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Files begin with bytes 1f 9d.

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