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Read and write bzip2-compressed files.

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Bz2file is a Python library for reading and writing bzip2-compressed files.

It contains a drop-in replacement for the standard library’s bz2.BZ2File class, including features from the latest development version of CPython that are not available in older releases.

Bz2file is compatible with Python 2.6, 2.7, and 3.0 through 3.3.


  • Supports multi-stream files.
  • Can read from/write to any file-like object.
  • Added methods: peek(), read1(), readinto(), fileno(), readable(), writable(), seekable().


To install bz2file, run:

$ pip install bz2file


The BZ2File class in this module provides the same features and interface as the bz2.BZ2File class in the current development version of CPython, documented here.

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