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The latest version of lbzip2 is 2.5. For older versions, see below.

lbzip2 is released in form of source code only – lbzip2 authors themselves don’t provide pre-built binaries. You can either download source tarball of released versions of lbzip2 (recommended), or check out development branch.

Before trying to compile lbzip2 from source you should consider checking repositories of your operating system distribution. A number of systems ships packaged lbzip2 binaries. For many others lbzip2 is available from external repositories. See below.

Source code

You can download source tarball of the latest released version here: lbzip2-2.5.tar.gz, or in bz2 format: lbzip2-2.5.tar.bz2. Downloadable tarballs of older releases are listed at the botton of this page.

For instructions how to build lbzip2 from source code unpack sources and read the INSTALL file included there. lbzip2 uses GNU build system, so compilation and installation usually boils down to the following sequence:

$ ./configure
$ make check
$ sudo make install

You may want to pass additional arguments to configure. See the INSTALL file for more details.

Development snapshots

lbzip2 uses Git for source configuration management. Full source code of all versions of lbzip2 is available in the Git repository on GitHub.

The repository is accessible through Git native protocol at git:// or more securely, through HTTPS at There is also a Subversion mirror available at

Git repositories don’t contain any bundled third-party code, pre-built binaries or autogenerated files. To build lbzip2 from Git you need to generate bootstrap it first. During this process a few source files are generated, others are copied from Gnulib. You need a few additional software dependencies. See BOOTSTRAP file for more information.

Pre-built binaries

lbzip2 is part of a number of operating systems. The following list includes distributions for which lbzip2 is known to be packaged. It can be either included in official repositories or available from third parties.

Please note that neither these distributions nor lbzip2 packages provided by them are supported or endorsed by lbzip2 authors; this list is provided merely for users' convenience.

Older versions

It’s generally recommended to use the latest released version of lbzip2, but all previously released versions are also available for download.

version 2.5: lbzip2-2.5.tar.gz lbzip2-2.5.tar.bz2
version 2.4: lbzip2-2.4.tar.gz lbzip2-2.4.tar.bz2
version 2.3: lbzip2-2.3.tar.gz lbzip2-2.3.tar.bz2
version 2.2: lbzip2-2.2.tar.gz lbzip2-2.2.tar.bz2
version 2.1: lbzip2-2.1.tar.gz lbzip2-2.1.tar.bz2
version 2.0: lbzip2-2.0.tar.gz lbzip2-2.0.tar.bz2
version 0.23: lbzip2-0.23.tar.gz lbzip2-0.23.tar.bz2
version 0.22: lbzip2-0.22.tar.gz lbzip2-0.22.tar.bz2
version 0.21: lbzip2-0.21.tar.gz lbzip2-0.21.tar.bz2
version 0.20: lbzip2-0.20.tar.gz lbzip2-0.20.tar.bz2
version 0.19: lbzip2-0.19.tar.gz lbzip2-0.19.tar.bz2
version 0.18: lbzip2-0.18.tar.gz lbzip2-0.18.tar.bz2
version 0.17: lbzip2-0.17.tar.gz lbzip2-0.17.tar.bz2
version 0.16: lbzip2-0.16.tar.gz lbzip2-0.16.tar.bz2
version 0.16rc1: lbzip2-0.16rc1.tar.gz lbzip2-0.16rc1.tar.bz2
version 0.15: lbzip2-0.15.tar.gz lbzip2-0.15.tar.bz2
version 0.14: lbzip2-0.14.tar.gz lbzip2-0.14.tar.bz2
version 0.13: lbzip2-0.13.tar.gz lbzip2-0.13.tar.bz2
version 0.12: lbzip2-0.12.tar.gz lbzip2-0.12.tar.bz2
version 0.11: lbzip2-0.11.tar.gz lbzip2-0.11.tar.bz2
version 0.10: lbzip2-0.10.tar.gz lbzip2-0.10.tar.bz2
version 0.09: lbzip2-0.09.tar.gz lbzip2-0.09.tar.bz2
version 0.08: lbzip2-0.08.tar.gz lbzip2-0.08.tar.bz2
version 0.07: lbzip2-0.07.tar.gz lbzip2-0.07.tar.bz2
version 0.06a: lbzip2-0.06a.tar.gz lbzip2-0.06a.tar.bz2
version 0.06: lbzip2-0.06.tar.gz lbzip2-0.06.tar.bz2
version 0.05: lbzip2-0.05.tar.gz lbzip2-0.05.tar.bz2
version 0.04: lbzip2-0.04.tar.gz lbzip2-0.04.tar.bz2