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Information on GZIP Compressed Files

Gzip is a free software by the Free Software Foundation, or, GNU Project. We use gzip to compress the download files to reduce your download time. However, a compressed file needs to be de-compressed before using. If the steps described bellow seems incomprehensible to you, and you cannot find an alternative way to decompress the compressed files, then consider download the plain text file instead.

The most reliable way to decompress a gzipped file is to use the gzip program. Other file compression softwares, e.g., WinZip, StuffIt, PKZIP, etc. may have capabalities to decompress a gzip compressed file as well. You can download gzip for Windows from here. For the latest version of gzip or gzip on other computer systems, please visit the home of gzip.

Steps to Decompress GZIP Files

Download and install gzip.exe
1. Download gzip124xN.exe, that is, gzip for Windows.
2. Create a new folder, e.g., C:\gzip, or whatever name you prefer and put gzip124xN.exe in the new folder. If you put gzip124xN.exe at a place other than C:\gzip\, be sure to use it accordingly in the following steps.
3. Use Windows Explorer to get into the new folder, C:\gzip. Double click on gzip124xN.exe. Notice a black window appears briefly and closes itself. Afterward, there are several new files created in the new folder:
  • gzip.exe
  • gzip.doc
  • Readme
  • Copying

Automate gzip.exe
This procedure is optional. Doing it allows you to decompress a gzip file by double click on it, without having to use the MS DOS prompt.
1. In Windows Explorer, find View in the menu bar, then under it, Options... This brings up a dialog box named Options.
2. Click on the File Types tab.
3. Click on the New Type... button.
4. In the up coming dialog box, named Add New File Type, enter the following values in the fields:
Field Enter
Description of type: GZIP Compressed File
Associated extension: gz
Content Type (MIME): application/x-gunzip
5. Click on the New... button under the Actions: box.
6. In the up coming dialog box, New Action, enter the following in the fields
Field Enter
Action: Open
Application used to perform action: "C:\gzip\gzip.exe" "-d" "%1"
7. Click on the OK button in the New Action dialog box to close it. Then the Close button in the Add New File Type dialog box to close it. At last the Close button in the Options dialog box to close it.
Download gzip files from this site
1. In the web browser of your choice, goto http://www.o-bible.com/dlb.html
2. Click on the file you want to download.
  • Netscape launches a dialog box. Check the Save it to disk radio button and then click the OK button.
  • Internet Explorer also launches a dialog box. Check the Save this file to disk radio button and then click the OK button.
  • If you are using another type of browser, you might need to do something similar. Consult the manual of the browser.
4. Save the file to a place of your choice.

Using gzip.exe to decompress gzip files
Case 1, automation of gzip is done:
1. If you did the steps to automate gzip, then all you need to do is to locate the directory where the gzip compressed file you downloaded, e.g., kjv.gz, and double click on it.
2. This step is optional. Rename the decompressed file, e.g., kjv to kjv.txt, so it can be recognized by a word processor when it is double clicked.
Case 2, automation of gzip is not done:
1. Assume that the gzip compressed file you downloaded is
C:\My Download Files\kjv.gz.
2. Click on Start menu.
3. Programs -> MS-DOS Prompt
4. At the DOS prompt, that is, C:\WINDOWS>_, type:
cd "c:\My Download Files"
5. Again at the DOS prompt, type:
c:\gzip\gzip -dc kjv.gz > kjv.txt
6. Use Windows Explorer to exam that the decompressed gzip file, e.g., kjv.txt, is created in C:\My Download Files.

Last Update: Nov 25, 2009